Atlanta nightclub impresario Bill Kaelin has confirmed to Buzz that he and co-owners Costanzo Astarita and Mario Maccaronne plan to close Midtown’s Bazzaar Lounge on Aug. 1, after a successful five-year run.
The nightspot, adjacent to the Fox Theatre, was a notable exception to the city’s often segregated nightclub scene. The venue consistently attracted a diverse crowd, popular with gay, straight, male and female, black and white, old and young club-goers.
Kaelin tells us that’s the legacy he’s most proud of.
“Everyone was welcome to join the party,” he reflected. Kaelin informed his employees of the closing during a private dinner last week. Some of Bazzaar’s bar and wait staff had been there throughout its entire five-year run.
A new concept, Publik, will debut in the space in September. Kaelin is planning a goodbye celebration for Bazzaar starting Wednesday July 29 and ending with a grand finale event on Saturday August 1st.
Over the years, the club hosted parties with celebs, including Lady GaGa, The B-52’s and Bebel Gilberto.
While Bazzaar earned a reputation for being one of the most inclusive clubs in the city, occasionally Kaelin had to teach some manners to out-of-towners unaccustomed to mingling with folks unlike themselves.
Regulars still talk about the evening, for example, when one particular suburbanite, in town to see a musical next door at the Fox, opted to hurl a particular F-word at a Bazzaar employee upon exiting the establishment.
Kaelin gave chase and then a tongue-lashing to the customer right in the middle of the Fox’s vestibule. But the slur-slinging patron refused to back down.
That is, until he found himself face-to-face with a muscled, decidedly non-heterosexual Midtown Blue policewoman.