The Deal Is Done: David Cooley (Abbey) Acquires Here Lounge

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    Feb 15, 2016 7:04 AM GMT

    And if the Factory/Ultra Suede lot turns into a mall?

    The long-rumored acquisition of Here Lounge by The Abbey‘s David Cooley is happening.

    Cooley’s publicist confirmed today that the deal has been done. Here’s last open night will be Feb. 21. Cooley will renovate the space to create a new venue, The Chapel at The Abbey. Here is located adjacent to The Abbey on Robertson Boulevard just south of Santa Monica. An earlier attempt to complete the sale fell through.

    Pat Rogers, a highly experienced restaurant and bar owner, opened Here Lounge 15 years ago. Rogers, 73, said that what he will miss most is the Here staff. Many of the kids have been with us since Day One,” he said of his staff. “They’ve become sort of like family to me. We didn’t run it like a corporate operation. i always took a personal interest in the kids.”

    Rogers has a lengthy history in the restaurant and bar business. He started his career as a page af the front desk of Four Seasons in New York and also worked at Dobson’s, a famed New York City celebrity restaurant that now is closed. Rogers also opened Rogers & Barbero and later with his partners opened FoodBar in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood, both of which were go-to spots for gay New Yorkers.

    Rogers said he thinks Cooley will make “smart changes” to the Here property. “I think he’s doing the best,” he said. Rogers is planning a trip to Thailand in April but will sell his New York City apartment and continue to live here.

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    Feb 15, 2016 7:20 AM GMT
    With Vanderpump buying half the block, the gay DTLA migration is on!

    The Abbey Founder Acquires Neighboring Lounge to Create Gay Straight Megaclub