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Gay Couple Opens New York City’s 2nd Black-Owned LGBTQ+ Bar In Harlem
Married couple Charles Hughes and Richard Solomon are making waves as the owners of New York City’s second black-owned LGBTQ+ bar. Despite the shuttering of many businesses throughout the pandemic, Harlem-based Lambda Lounge proudly opened its doors earlier this month.
In a recent interview with Out magazine, Richard recalls his motivation for creating the bar after facing discrimination at a nightclub in Harlem. “We wanted to be able to have a safe space for people of the LGBTQ+ community and especially people of color. Unfortunately, the days of us having spaces where we could go and cut loose are over; they shut them all down. We’re trying to bring that back,” he told the publication.
The space is designed with luxury and comfort in mind. With large leather couches, PlayStation setups, and convenient call service buttons, Charles and Richard wanted to create a lounge where guests felt relaxed while enjoying the company of their friends.
“… downtown elegance meets uptown swag for the grown and sexy in you. Come enjoy our exquisite signature cocktails and unparalleled service. Whether socializing at our oversized bar or lounging on the sofa in one of our featured sections, Lambda Lounge is the place to let it down or turn it up,” reads a statement on the Lambda Lounge website.
Current COVID-19 restrictions have prevented the lounge from fully opening. In the meantime, Lambda Lounge is offering outdoor seating, tables with LED lighting, and games like Jenga to add another element of entertainment for a limited number of guests.
In light of COVID-19, we highly suggest contacting Lambda Lounge directly for the most current status on opening hours and restrictions before visiting.