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

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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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Hamburger Mary’s Tampa, Pub House announce same-day closure

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TAMPA | Hamburger Mary’s Tampa and Mary’s Pub House Tampa in Ybor will permanently close at the end of business Nov. 6, the restaurant and owner Kurt King shared on Facebook the same day.

“It is with great regret that Kurt King and Brian DeChane must announce that tonight will be the last day/night that Hamburger Mary’s Bar and Grill and Hamburger Mary’s Pub House in Ybor City will be open,” King and Hamburger Mary’s Tampa shared via social media.

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Hamburger Mary’s patron seeks $1.5 million in damages for alleged injury from drag queen’s breasts

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Tampa | Colorado resident Neldin Molina is seeking $1.5 million in compensatory damages from Hamburger Mary’s and performer “Amanda D’Hod” for an injury she allegedly received from the performer’s breasts on May 30, 2015.

According to paperwork filed on Feb. 15, Molina’s lawsuit is brought forth due to Hamburger Mary’s “liability on negligence resulting in personal injuries and willful failure to warn,” as well as the performer’s “cause of action.” The lawsuit notes that Molina is unsure if “Amanda D’Hod” is the performer’s name.

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Passing of beloved Tampa Bay drag queen spurs fight against silicone procedures, memorial fund

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(Photo by Erika Wagner Artistry, from Tanisha Cassadine’s Facebook page.)

TAMPA – In the month since Tanisha Cassadine died due to complications from silicone injections, almost $600 has been raised toward the memorial fund in her honor.

“Tanisha wasn’t just an employee at Hamburger Mary’s,” says Kurt King, who owns multiple franchises of the restaurant. “She was loved all over the United States. She is the Cassadine. Her name was everything.”

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New Hamburger Mary’s Sashays into St. Pete

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Hamburger Mary’s, known as a bastion for fun and deep-fried debauchery, is an instantly recognizable staple for the LGBT community in cities across the nation. Aside from the two locations in Clearwater and Ybor City, there is now a new location that will be opening up next month in St. Petersburg.

The new establishment will set up shop at 2901 Tyrone Blvd., across from Tyrone Square Mall.

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Overheard in Tampa Bay: Baxter’s Lounge opens its doors

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Finally re-opened
Everything was set for the grand re-opening of the newly renovated Baxter’s Lounge the last weekend of February—except that construction wasn’t quite finished. These things happen, and fortunately dates for celebrations can be changed. So the new date to celebrate the re-grand opening of Baxter’s Lounge was shifted to March 5, and it was a success. The newly renovated and historic club is now owned by Kurt King, who also owns the area’s two Hamburger Mary’s restaurants. The club on Dale Mabry has been part of Tampa’s LGBT community for more than three decades, and on the grand opening night, 100% of the proceeds benefited the upcoming Tampa Pride.

Big time wedding
On Feb. 18, Ybor City was turned into a wedding reception when Chou Chou Guilder and Tiffany Erica tied the knot in properties owned by Radiant Oil Company. Each woman had 12 attendees and each bride wore a matching Vera Wang wedding dress. After the vows, the party moved into The Honey Pot for a massive reception. The location made sense, since Guilder has tended bar at the popular club for nearly eight years. The couple say more than 600 people were invited to the celebration and at least 400 made it to the actual party. 

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