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Town Danceboutique is not closing

Despite a new landlord, popular gay dance club plans to remain open for "years to come"

Town Danceboutique building in DC
Town Danceboutique – Photo: JD Uy

Social media fanned the flames of a rumor yesterday that Town Danceboutique was in fact closing as early as June. But we are here to stamp those flames out. Town Danceboutique is NOT closing any time soon.

The cause of the rumor was an article in the Washington Business Journal, which reported yesterday that an affiliate of Jefferson Apartment Group had paid $25 million to buy four parcels of land on 8th Street between V Street and Florida Avenue. The purchase includes the industrial building that houses Town and its adjacent parking lot. Jefferson representatives declined to comment for their article, and WBJ reported that their intentions for the site remained “unknown.” But even if they were to develop the area, something as simple as groundbreaking would be years away.

Town issued the following statement today to quiet concerns:

“Since 2007, Town Danceboutique has operated in the Shaw neighborhood at 2009 8th Street NW,” the statement reads. “In that time, and after considerable investments in our neighborhood by many people including ourselves, Shaw is now one of Washington’s most thriving and desirable parts of the city. Understandably, because of that popularity, there has been an interest in the real estate that Town currently occupies. In fact, the building has been sold in previous years and we have had multiple landlords since we have been in operation. Now, the building has been sold once again.

“The sale was not a surprise to us and we had a great relationship with our new landlord who is excited to have us as their tenant. We also enjoy solid lease terms and we intend and fully expect to be throwing parties in our current location for years to come.”

We look forward to dancing our asses off there (and enjoying The Ladies of Town) for years to come.

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