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Portland's Egyptian Club, voted best lesbian bar in U.S. in 2009, to close

PORTLAND, Ore. – The owner of the city’s only lesbian bar, the Egyptian Club, has posted a notice on the website announcing the club will be closing soon.

In 2009, GayCities.com named the Egyptian Club the best lesbian bar in the U.S.

The announcement that follows offers a compelling, heart-felt explanation by bar owner Kim Davis about the devastation brought by the sour economy and its affect on one business:

“The economy has taken its toll on our community and on our bar. It Is with a heavy heart that we must announce the limited future of the Egyptian Club. Without a miracle, we will be having our closing party on Oct. 9, 2010,” the website says.

“Reason? We have always struggled to keep our doors open. Keeping an establishment of this type and size open requires an incredible amount of business just to pay the bills. It does not appear as if our community is able to support our efforts at this time, and we are not able to float until this is able to happen.

“The miracle we are looking for is either to win the lottery, or an immediate upturn in the economy that would allow for record sales in the near future along with enough residual business to sustain us for however long our community would have us here. With the way we see businesses closing all around us, we think it would be a miracle for that to happen.

“We are not looking for fundraisers, or handouts. Those would only help temporarily. We want to sell our product to people who want it. We are a business. We live by different rules than the non-profit organizations we do fundraisers for.

“I can’t believe the overwhelming response to this announcement. It is so nice to know that so many of you care about the future of our business.

“Unfortunately, because of the huge drop in sales, we have had to lay off some of our staff members. This was incredibly hard and involved tears on both sides. We are like family. I feel like I have failed them. We hope for a miracle so that these layoffs can be temporary.

“During these two months prior to our closing, we are committed to bring you the best in entertainment and parties. We want to go out with a bang.

“We thank all our loyal patrons that have been with us throughout the years. We love you. You have truly made this bar something special. We all know it is not the bricks and mortar that make a place a home … it’s the people. We are family. You are who we will miss the most.”