Popular LGBT destination Hamburger Mary’s is returning to St. Louis this Saturday, Jan. 20—and instead of reopening near its former midtown location, this nightlife hub has relocated to a larger space Downtown.
“We were trying to cater to a little bit of a bigger demographic than what the other location had here in the past,” says co-owner David Pardue on the new spot. “We thought it would be a good draw for the conventions, the hotels that were here, the casino, the lunch traffic would be a lot better… Space wise, we could find bigger spaces down here.” The former location on Olive Street closed in 2014.
Pardue, of St. Louis, is one of three co-owners of the location. Rob Mansman and Michael Dutzer, both from Baltimore, are the additional two co-owners and the people behind Miss Gay America and Mr. Gay America. These popular events will now be hosted at the soon-to-open St. Louis Hamburger Mary’s.
“We built it a little bit more toward that pageant side of it,” Pardue says. “We have a 22-foot by 16-foot stage with a 20-foot catwalk. We have a 13-foot by 9-foot LED screen, which there’s no other bar in St. Louis that has that.”
Hamburger Mary’s, originally founded in 1972 in San Francisco, has more than a dozen locations and is known nationwide for its gourmet burgers, unique decor and special events like HamBINGO and drag shows. “Our ‘family dining’ concept guarantees everyone is welcome at Hamburger Mary’s but our concept is distinctive because we are the only national restaurant brand with a strong history in the LGBT community,” says the company’s website.
The St. Louis location of Hamburger Mary’s will open at 6 p.m. on Jan. 20 at 400 Washington Ave. A Dining with the Divas event, which will include Miss Gay America 2018 Deva Station, will be held in celebration with performances all evening long.