April 1, 2015 at 4:07 pm EDT | by Lou Chibbaro Jr.
Phase 1 reopens
Phase 1, gay news, Washington Blade

(Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas)

The Capitol Hill lesbian bar Phase 1 on March 27 opened its doors for the first time since early January when its owner Allen Carroll said it would be closing temporarily for a renovation project.

Customers familiar with the bar said it would be resuming its schedule of the past five or more years of operating only in the evenings every Thursday through Saturday.

Phase 1 first opened in 1970. It has described itself as D.C.’s oldest continuously operating gay bar and the nation’s oldest lesbian bar.

At the time of its temporary closing in January, Carroll said the renovation project including upgrading the sound system and lighting.

Lou Chibbaro Jr. has reported on the LGBT civil rights movement and the LGBT community for more than 30 years, beginning as a freelance writer and later as a staff reporter and currently as Senior News Reporter for the Washington Blade. He has chronicled LGBT-related developments as they have touched on a wide range of social, religious, and governmental institutions, including the White House, Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, the military, local and national law enforcement agencies and the Catholic Church. Chibbaro has reported on LGBT issues and LGBT participation in local and national elections since 1976. He has covered the AIDS epidemic since it first surfaced in the early 1980s. Follow Lou

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