WATCH: ‘Big Gay’ Starbucks says goodbye to WeHo

West Hollywood’s “Big Gay” Starbucks shut its doors to the public for the last time Sunday, and WEHOville was there to witness this end of an era. Catch a last look at the cafe on Santa Monica Blvd. and the microcosm of the community it nurtured for many years.

Video by Larry Block

Saying goodbye to loyal customers.
The Starbucks drew a diverse crowd of all ages
Employees all have jobs at other Starbucks locations
Mark Feigan, Sen. Bob Hertzberg and Brian Luster

Manager Acacia says goodbye on behalf of Starbucks

Interview by Larry Block

Final customers befo

re doors are locked
Locked out
Final orders
The team’s last day
The Big Gay Starbucks’ final serving

Photos by Brandon Garcia

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Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
2 months ago

My many years at Big Gay Starbucks–I was part of the original crew that gave it that name–didn’t resemble anything like this modern-day scenario. It was the most amazing gathering spot in West Hollywood. It was very community-oriented, there was a LOT of good-looking guys, and it was super-cruisey. It was like a bar without the boize. It used to be a utopia.

Cy Husain
5 months ago

This was an attempt to BUST the Starbucks Workers United (SBWU) Union and, NOT in response to the bogus overwhelming crime problem. The Workers clearly say it’s coercion against labor organizing NOT only for fair pay & working conditions but, opposing any democracy in the workplace. What corporate Starbucks is doing merits our anger NOT our sympathy. As an ongoing (SBWU) Union organizing wave won over more than 300 Starbucks stores, workers allege egregious union-busting tactics including unnecessary closures

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Joe Bologna
Joe Bologna
2 months ago
Reply to  Cy Husain

Do you ever wake up in a happy mood and see the joy that is out there in the universe to be had?

WeHo Resident
WeHo Resident
5 months ago

Blame the city council all you want … the closure of this Starbucks location is based on the historic ways in which Starbucks mistreats their employees. Period.

Please due your due diligence on other Starbucks closures and the retribution this company enacts on their employees in order to scare them into not wanting to unionize.

Steve Carry
Steve Carry
5 months ago

This is not the only Starbucks that closed its doors. This should tell you what’s really going on in Los Angeles and it’s not good. If you continue to support left wing liberal idiology this and more will be the result.

JR Birdsong
JR Birdsong
5 months ago

here will these folks hang out that used to sit for hours ‘working’ [or was it cruising?] at Big Bucks. Possibly buy a coffee maker and save money having coffee at home? OR can they afford internet paying so much for over roasted coffee? LOL!!!!

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Liz
Liz
5 months ago

I hope CBTL sees an opportunity to return to a Boystown adjacent location here…

Tom Smart
Tom Smart
5 months ago

If another decent coffee place moved into this space, I’d move my approx 6k yearly Java habit over to them instead of Bux

LateralThinker
LateralThinker
5 months ago

Far bigger than a cup of coffee is community itself. For many of us Old Farts that still remember the Abbey was only coffee and desert and someplace that attracted the Gay community from all over the country, the Valley, OC , San Gabriel Valley and beyond, when that became mostly a bar, for many Starbucks was the only option in town and became a central meeting point and safe spot across from what was 24 hr fitness. While I understand and support change stop and ask what are we allowing to be done to ourselves as a result. Don’t… Read more »

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
5 months ago
Reply to  LateralThinker

I’d actually go to the Abbey if it reverted back to coffee and dessert.

A Cup of Coffee
A Cup of Coffee
5 months ago
Reply to  LateralThinker

Sad to know that a coffee shop represents a “community itself”. It’s a cup of coffee folks and maybe desert, not a pillar of the community by any stretch. Plenty of worthwhile things can be found to occupy one’s time. Times have surely changed.

Matthew Flanagan
Matthew Flanagan
5 months ago

At Starbucks stupid liberal policies of allow the homeless to sit in their facility that allow this to happen also no one’s addressing the fact that they want to become part of the union do you think they’re not gonna trim the fat edges of have to become part of the union?

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
5 months ago

I didn’t realize West Hollywood had morphed into Mayberry, ignorance and all.

Cy Husain
5 months ago
Reply to  Rudi Logan

More a case of “Mayberry” internet trolls posting on West Hollywood website comment sections❗

Dawn Lacey
Dawn Lacey
5 months ago

Lol. Y’all closed this place when you turned a blind eye to crime and “compassion” for the drug addicts (not homeless). We’ll done, gay liberals.

Davedi
Davedi
5 months ago
Reply to  Dawn Lacey

Exactly!

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
5 months ago

Any change on SMB should be embraced.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
5 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

Wow you’re embracing the several new gay bars coming to SMB later this year? Proud of you!

Dawn Lacey
Dawn Lacey
5 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

World goes to hell and you think everything is peachy. Probably just waiting for another stimmy check…

Davedi
Davedi
5 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

4am closing and less Police. Well done council!

Speak Out Respectfully
Speak Out Respectfully
5 months ago
Reply to  Davedi

Please speak on the record in Public Comment tonight at City Council otherwise your words will be lost in the wind.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
5 months ago
Reply to  Davedi

4am closing”

That wouldn’t even be introduced until 2025***

Why do so many people just read headlines on here?

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
5 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

For the same reason they get their politics from bumper stickers.

Randy
Randy
5 months ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

You know, I’m not even sure he is a real person, and I swear, he just makes comments like these to stir the pot. Always negative, always the contrarian. I think he thrives on drama, and wants attention. Ignore him. I try to, as much as I can.

4:00am Fiasco
4:00am Fiasco
5 months ago
Reply to  Randy

The city will need to engage the next city council to undo the “ 4:00AM Nothing Good Ever Happens After Midnight” fiasco. More busy work for city staff, more hearings, more excess for everyone.

C.R.
C.R.
5 months ago
Reply to  4:00am Fiasco

They aren’t “undoing” anything. The city council chose to approve it for the future and people who aren’t you, happen to support it, and look forward to the change in bar serving hours.

4:00am Fiasco
4:00am Fiasco
5 months ago
Reply to  C.R.

Terrifically unwise current idea. We’ll see about the future. Keep drinking your life away with your drinking pals supporting bar owners.🙄🥺

C. R.
C. R.
5 months ago
Reply to  4:00am Fiasco

LoL. Apparently I am supposed to apologize to you for not living the same lifestyle as you, your majesty! Great life choice moving to one of the biggest gay nightlife communities in the nation and complaining about it being too active, by the way. That’s like moving to the Bible belt and being perpetually annoyed by those darn churches. Nothing ridiculous about that, nooo….

4:00 am Fiasco
4:00 am Fiasco
5 months ago
Reply to  C. R.

Apparently you seem be at least of drinking age but with a mentality ca. 7th grade. No apologies required for a different lifestyle but one can hope. for a bit of responsibility. Don’t live adjacent to the nightlife community but share the concerns of those that do. Prior to the city becoming unhinged professing to be the 9th wonder of the progressive world the picture was different. If you ever spend time out of the West Hollywood cacoon you may get an accurate picture of how it is actually perceived. Myopia never gets one very far before they find themselves… Read more »

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
5 months ago
Reply to  C. R.

LOL

Gorge
Gorge
5 months ago
Reply to  Randy

He’s a Marxist Bot

Randy
Randy
5 months ago
Reply to  Gorge

Truth.

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
5 months ago
Reply to  Ham Shipey

Can’t wait to see Ham in his go-go boots and Daisy Dukes gettin’ it on at Or.

resident
resident
5 months ago

Point the finger of blame at the City Council for the disgusting state our streets. Each self-serving vote by Hovath/Erickson/Shyne was another nail in the coffin of West Hollywood residents. John D’Amico should be tarred and feathered on his way out for all the harm he has done to this community.

Failing Grade
Failing Grade
5 months ago
Reply to  resident

Yup, John D’Amico who allowed everyone to believe he was an architect. While on the Planning Commission, he and his perpetual lunch date, John Altschul were greatly responsible for the horrid structures on the East side without an ounce of ambiance. Well, Mr. Project Manager, your real title was evidently not transferable to your council position as your management deserves a Failing grade. No more free access to entertainment events while claiming to be a city official. Bad manners on top of all.

Kat
Kat
5 months ago
Reply to  resident

It’s very easy when things don’t go our way to point our finger at others when you should really be looking in the mirror.

Gorge
Gorge
5 months ago
Reply to  Kat

The West Hollywood City Council is like the Streisand/Nolte movie “The Mirror Has 2 Faces” and they are both ugly.

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
5 months ago
Reply to  Gorge

You can’t even get your insults right. The Streisand/Nolte movie was “The Prince of Tides”. Give up, troll.

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