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Portland nightclub CC Slaughters has its last call

The longtime Old Town nightclub, CC Slaughter's, announced the bar will be closing its doors for the foreseeable future.

PORTLAND, Ore. — After 39 years, one of Portland's longest-running gay bars, CC Slaughters announced the nightclub closed on Sunday and served its last round of drinks, for now.

The bar made a post on Facebook citing COVID-19 and the pandemic making 2020 very difficult for small businesses to remain open.

"We’d like to take the opportunity to thank you ALL for 39 amazing years of drinks, dancing, drama, and fun!" the post read.

Credit: CC Slaughters/Facebook
After 39 years CC Slaughters, an iconic gay bar in Portland announced they will be closing Oct. 11.

The pandemic has put the bar and nightclub in a tough situation. With restrictions on bars and restaurants, it was too hard to stay open. Patrons and employees say Portland is losing more than "just a club."

“It's been a place to meet your lifelong partner, it's been a place to feel safe when the world hated you, when your family disowned you, when you didn't have any friends and you needed a place,” bartender Jeremy Abe said. “It's been a safe haven, the heart and soul for so many people.”

The general manager says CC Slaughters hopes to reopen in the future, once it's safe for people to gather all together back on the dance floor.

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