April 12, 2018 at 10:43 am EDT | by Peter Schott
Double L bar in Rehoboth Beach sold
Double L Bar, Diego's Hideaway, Fourth, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, gay news, Washington Blade

Owners of the Double L Bar in Rehoboth Beach sold the business on March 29. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)

John Meng and Mark Fernstrom, longtime owners of the Double L Bar, Rehoboth Beach’s leather bar, sold the business on March 29. The new owners, Darryl and Joe Ciarlante-Zuber, are also longtime Rehoboth business owners, having owned the restaurant Dos Locos for 17 years. In those years the partners (in business and life) expanded their business from a small location where the former Seafood Shack was located on Baltimore Avenue, to increasingly larger spaces until it moved to Rehoboth Avenue. They sold Dos Locos in March 2017.

After taking some time off,  they said they wanted to stick to their roots in the hospitality business at the beach, and contacted Meng and Fernstrom, who had been interested in selling their bar, and told them of their interest in purchasing the business.

The bar has a unique and rare tavern license, which means it need not sell food. This interested the new owners, so when they opened it during the Easter weekend it retained its status as a tavern.

According to Joe Ciarlante-Zuber, “we will make some changes including fixing up the outdoor patio to give it a more tropical feel and revamping the bar design by adding a new draft beer system.”

The bar will be renamed Diego’s Hideaway and will reopen soon. The new owners plan to continue the popular Saturday night Man Dance, Gear it UP Friday night and will bring in Thursday night performances by Bearlesque, a popular group out of Philadelphia.

Owner Darryl Ciarlante-Zuber said, “The Hideaway has the largest gay dance floor in Rehoboth Beach and provides off-street parking.” He is “pleased at the overwhelming support we received when word got out that we had purchased the bar.”

The bar is located on Rehoboth Avenue, next to Crystal’s Restaurant.

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