Baltimore Eagle sets April 19 for reopening

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After months of dormancy, The Baltimore Eagle leather bar will reopen under new management on April 19.

Its operators announced the date in a teaser on Facebook.

“The Eagle has RISEN 4/19/19,” the post said. The date in the teaser is accompanied by an image of a muscular figure with arms outstretched and the Eagle logo in the background.

The business has been closed since July 25, following a dispute between landlords Ian and Charles Parrish and the previous operators, a group headed by Charles and Greg King.

The Baltimore Eagle will now be run by a group closely connected to its landlords. In January, the city’s liquor board awarded a seven-day license to Baltimore Eagle LLC, a group headed by Lorraine Parrish and Kathleen Church. Lorraine Parrish is the wife of one of the building’s owners, Ian Parrish, and the daughter-in-law of the other owner, Charles Parrish. Church is also an employee.

The reopening announcement comes less than a month after the new owners of the Grand Central nightclub in Mount Vernon, Baltimore’s largest gay club, disclosed plans to shutter that business and convert the property to offices and street-level retail space. An exact closing date for Grand Central has not been made public.

When it closed, the Baltimore Eagle was one of several unrelated Eagle bars in the country that cater to the leather and kink communities. According to marketing and events manager Chris Jay, the Eagle will continue to do so.

“The Baltimore Eagle will always be and always has been an LGBTQ space… centering on the leather and kink community,” Jay said in an interview. “It’s still an Eagle. It will always be an Eagle.”

Ed Gunts

Ed Gunts is a local freelance writer and the former architecture critic for The Baltimore Sun.
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