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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WeHo Resident
WeHo Resident
23 hours 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 days 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 days 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
11 days ago

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

Tom Smart
Tom Smart
11 days 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
12 days 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
12 days 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
11 days 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
12 days 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
6 days ago

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

Dawn Lacey
Dawn Lacey
12 days 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
12 days ago
Reply to  Dawn Lacey

Exactly!

Ham Shipey
Ham Shipey
12 days ago

Any change on SMB should be embraced.

greeneyedguy
greeneyedguy
12 days 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
12 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

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

Davedi
Davedi
12 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

4am closing and less Police. Well done council!

Speak Out Respectfully
Speak Out Respectfully
12 days 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
12 days 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
6 days ago
Reply to  greeneyedguy

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

Randy
Randy
12 days 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
11 days 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.
11 days 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
11 days 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.
11 days 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
10 days 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
9 days ago
Reply to  C. R.

LOL

Gorge
Gorge
11 days ago
Reply to  Randy

He’s a Marxist Bot

Randy
Randy
11 days ago
Reply to  Gorge

Truth.

Rudi Logan
Rudi Logan
6 days 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
12 days 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
12 days 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
12 days 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
11 days 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
6 days ago
Reply to  Gorge

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

Randy
Randy
12 days ago

Great story, guys. Larry, it was great to meet you there yesterday. To get in on part of the final celebration. This was sad and unnecessary.

Davedi
Davedi
12 days ago

Hard working taxpaying residents can’t enjoy a cup of coffee out because a bunch of drugged out screaming transients have the run of the place. Sad what we have become.

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