Hamburger Mary’s Tampa alleges homophobia led to closure, mulls reopening

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA | Kurt King, owner of multiple Hamburger Mary’s locations throughout Tampa Bay, is alleging that homophobia contributed to the abrupt closure of the LGBTQ chain’s Tampa location in Ybor Nov. 6.

It was that same day that King announced Hamburger Mary’s Tampa and Mary’s Pub House Tampa would close. “We, along with our management team and dedicated staff, have done our best to keep Mary’s doors open for nine years, but the latest challenge over the last couple of weeks has proven to be too much to overcome,” he shared. “It was our pleasure to serve the entire community.”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Sashay Away

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Hamburger Mary’s Tampa has filed a motion to dismiss the legal complaint filed by Colorado resident Neldin Molina seeking $1.5 million in compensatory damages from the popular eatery and drag performer “Amanda D’Hod.”

According to paperwork filed in mid-February, Molina’s lawsuit alleges that she was injured by the performer’s breasts during a dinner in 2015, though it notes “Amanda D’Hod” may not be the performer’s name. It further asserts that she wasn’t warned by the entertainment eatery about the evening’s drag performances, and argues that as a result she now faces morbidity, mortality and chronic non-malignant pain from the alleged incident.

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