Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater location, the ultimate in Tampa Bay, to near

Revealed Mar. 6|Up to date Mar. 6

Hamburger Mary’s will quickly serve its ultimate meal in Clearwater.

On Monday, the Pinellas location of the drag queen-staffed burger joint shared on Fb that it is going to be final after this weekend.

Hamburger Mary’s opened its first location in San Francisco in 1972. Since then, the concept that has expanded to in the community owned, unbiased eating places around the nation, together with Jacksonville, Castle Lauderdale and Orlando.

The Clearwater eating place at 28910 U.S. 19 N used to be the ultimate location within the Tampa Bay area. In 2018, the chain’s Ybor Town location closed after the Florida Division of Well being in Hillsborough County reported {that a} employee had examined sure for hepatitis A. The landlord mentioned the document used to be false. In 2019, the St. Pete and Brandon places additionally shuttered.

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The Fb put up didn’t come with a reason the Clearwater location of the eating place is final. Alternatively, the announcement comes at a politically heated time, as Gov. Ron DeSantis and Republicans around the nation have targeted their consideration on drag displays. In February, Florida moved to revoke the liquor license of The Plaza Are living in Orlando following an all-ages drag queen display.

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Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater has now not but spoke back to requests for remark.

Dan Johnson, 64, heard the scoop Saturday evening whilst taking part in dinner and a display along with his spouse. After the night’s drag performances wrapped up, one of the crucial entertainers got here onstage and informed the gang the scoop.

“Folks had been in surprise, and she or he mentioned, ‘Issues alternate. The sector is converting,’ or one thing like that,’” Johnson mentioned. “Someone within the target market yelled out, ‘That sucks!’ We agreed.”

Hamburger Mary’s fanatics nonetheless have a couple of alternatives to discuss with the eating place. Wacky Wednesday Bingo is on for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. Drag Minutiae Thursday takes position the following evening at 7:30 p.m. Famous person Saturday kicks off with a drag display at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday Brunch with the Divas runs from 11 a.m. to a few p.m.

In step with the Fb put up, Hamburger Mary’s Clearwater will percentage updates when it is aware of extra details about the place its performers are headed subsequent.

“It’s so laborious to mention good-bye so as an alternative we will be able to say so long,” the put up learn. “Let’s devour, drink and be Mary!!!”

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