Work is being done on a popular Waterloo bar so it can hopefully reopen by the summer.

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At the beginning of 2023, the doors of the well-known gay bar looked like they would be closed for the foreseeable future.

"It's no secret that the last few months have been nothing but a challenge," the most recent owner of Kings & Queens John Hayes said in a video statement at the start of 2023.

The Cedar Valley's only gay bar closed at the start of the new year and is currently on the market. Located at 304 W 4th Street in Waterloo, Kings & Queens hosted several dry events over the course of the last few months.

Kings & Queens has two sister bars; The Broken Record and the Loft, the latter of the two has been closed temporarily and is under new ownership.

"I always say good things can come out of something bad."

In a recent statement posted on social media, Hayes said that the space will be reopening for business. As of right now, the space getting a bit of a face lift. He and his team are currently working to remodel by sprucing up the front of the building, windows, and possibly even extending the patio.

They even plan to add a new bathroom to the club!

"That's the reason for the delay going forward, " Hayes explained.

"I'm excited! This is going to be unlike any other time...for this place...whatever we call it in the future."

The owner went on to say that they will be changing the gay bar's name. Hayes plans to narrow those down to about 3-5 names and then throw it to social media.

Ultimately, the goal for the unnamed bar is to reopen for business by early Summer or Pride.


You can watch the owner's full video statement down below!

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