Gay D.C. Dance Club Set for Resurrection... In Baptist Church Building

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Friday August 9, 2019

A year ago, Washington, D.C. gay nightspot Town Danceboutique closed down. But now the club is preparing for a unique afterlife under a revised name and in an unexpected new locale: A building that used to be a Baptist church.

The Washington Post reported that the new edition of the club, to be called Town2.0, has plans to operate in a church building that housed St. Phillips Baptist Church until 2017, when the church sold the building and relocated.

The deal may not be set in stone, however. The Washington Post noted that the current owner of the building had, in the past, expressed the idea of turning the building into a Jewish house of worship.

But a Twitter message from Town Danceboutique projected confidence and excitement.

"It's true," the tweet read. "After two full years of searching for a potential new space for a nightclub for the LGBTQ community, we are excited to confirm that we have found a space..."

The tweet went on to add, "We are now going to take all the right steps, forge all the right relationships, and tackle the engineering challenges... and hopefully, soon, we will be able to bring something new and exciting back to Washington's nightlife."

The Washington Post recalled that the club had operated since 2007, helping revitalize the area, but that it then became a victim of its own success when the venue's rent soared thanks to gentrification.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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