‘Not for sale’: Midnight Shift taken off the market
The Midnight Shift has been withdrawn from sale, ending weeks of speculation about the future of the long-running gay venue.
In a statement on Wednesday, operators said they have “rejected all current offers for sale” and thus the venue “has been taken off the market”.
“The venue will remain open to serve the LGBT community,” the statement said.
The operators are also planning to boost the Midnight Shift’s activities with more trading hours and personnel.
“The board of directors has decided to continue and expand the current operation including the re-opening of the bar level on Wednesdays and hiring new management staff including a new promotions manager to bring new concepts and ideas to the club level,” operators said.
“The Midnight Shift will now be adding even more quality entertainment to the bar level, such as the Unplugged live lounge on Fridays, which features talented live singers and musicians as well as drag spots and shows. This sits alongside current offering including Tora’s Drag Race on Thursday nights, the Locked Out drag production on Saturdays, and Karaoke on Sundays.
News of the Midnight Shift’s withdrawal from sale will end weeks of speculation about its future, following revelations in April the venue and its adjoining properties were up for sale, as well as moves in March to cut back the bar’s trading days.
“Full details for new entertainment, drag productions, special club events, guest performers and more will be announced soon, with an all-new website and much more on the way,” the statement concluded.