D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to be among the first to visit the D.C. Eagle’s new home on Saturday, Jan. 24, when the popular gay leather bar is scheduled to host the annual awards reception for the LGBT charitable group Brother Help Thyself.
A press release issued by BHT says the group’s Grants and Awards Reception was set to take place at 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 at the Eagle’s new building at 3701 Benning Road, N.E.
“Entertainment will be provided by D.C.’s Different Drummers (a grantee), the fabulous Sophia Carrero, and the legendary Xavier Onassis Bloomingdale,” the release says. “In addition, Mayor Muriel Bowser is expected to bring greetings on behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia.”
The press release was issued one day after a spokesperson for the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board told the Washington Blade that the board had approved the Eagle’s request to reactivate its liquor license from its old location 639 New York Ave., N.W., where the bar was displaced by plans to build a new office building.
Spokesperson Jessie Cornelius said the ABC Board also approved the Eagle’s request to transfer the license to its new location.
The Eagle’s co-owners, Ted Clements and Peter Lloyd, haven’t responded to the Blade’s inquiries about when they plan to officially reopen the club. The Eagle’s Facebook and Twitter pages have included reports and photos over the past six months showing construction work taking place inside the new building converting it from a warehouse into a planned tavern, dance hall and restaurant.
The BHT press release says, “parking in the immediate vicinity of the Eagle is virtually non-existent.” It urges people planning to attend the Saturday reception to consider taking Metro, where the Minnesota Avenue Station and an adjacent parking garage are just 0.3 miles from the Eagle.
“Those who drive are not to park in any of the shopping center spaces adjacent to the Eagle,” the press release says. “They could be ticketed and/or towed.” It says there is limited on-street parking along Minnesota Avenue.