West Hollywood’s Boystown is always full of rumors about whether this gay bar or that gay clothing store is going to close. But the real stunner was the actual closing today — albeit only for a short time — of what is known as the Big Gay Starbucks.
That coffee shop at the northeast corner of Santa Monica Boulevard had a “closed for repairs” sign on the front door this morning. Standing outside one could see numerous screen writers, novelists, independent consultants and the like drop their jaws at the news.
That’s the Starbucks where, despite the gossip site stories, Justin Bieber did NOT get ejected for refusing to wear a shirt. It’s the Starbucks where countless gay men have actually met the loves of their lives face to face in a world increasingly dominated by mobile hookup apps.
Robert Schwartz, Starbucks district manager, says not to worry. “We just had a simple plumbing problem and we hope to open later today,” he told WEHOville.