CC Slaughters closes doors, patrons celebrate final night

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The gay nightclub is closing due to the coronavirus pandemic

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — CC Slaughters, a popular nightclub in the LGBT community, will be closing its doors Sunday. The club’s manager said that the pressures on the business due to the coronavirus pandemic and the growing homeless camps in Old Town proved to be too much for the nightclub.

On Saturday, loyal patrons gathered to celebrate the legacy of CC Slaughters, which has been open for nearly 40 years in Portland. Among them was Patrick Hendley, who was there to pay tribute to the iconic bar and dance club.

“This is just really sad,” said Hendley. “I’ve been coming here ever since I was 21. This place has been here for 39 years—it’s like memories just, gone.”

“CC’s has been my home away from home,” said Tai Bennett, another customer. “It’s a huge community center. It’s not just a nightclub for Portland.”

CC Slaughters Rainbow Room Lounge, a Portland LGBT nightclub, announced Sunday, Oct. 4, that it is closing its doors, citing small business struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic. (KOIN File)

“CC’s has sort of been a landing pad for us, so when we realized the bar was closing down, we had to come down and say our goodbyes,” said Bailey.

Employees say this marks the end of an era in Old Town.

Manager Kevin Hutman said they are mourning and celebrating the closure at the same time. He said four decades is a long time to remain in business, and the city of Portland has been good to them. CC’s was not alone in the decision to close, according to Hutman. Downtown Portland has been losing businesses at a good clip. Hutman said Old Town Pizza, another anchor on the block, left a few months ago.

“And it’s an unfortunate time for small businesses across the map right now. We are no exception, especially in downtown Portland,” said Hutman. “We are seeing a lot of homeless camps that deter people from coming downtown, so it’s kind of a double-edged sword with the COVID.”

He went on to say that they love the space and they would love to reopen in the same location if that’s possible in the future if there’s a vaccine and the situation changes. As for right now, there is so much uncertainty—there is no guarantee that reopening could happen.

“We’d love to reopen. We love Portland,” said Hutman.

So, Saturday night, CC Slaughters will be open until 10 p.m. for anyone who would like to come down. Hutman said they will open up at 3 p.m. Sunday and serve customers until 10 p.m. for people who want to stop by for one last drink.

CC Slaughters Rainbow Room Lounge, a Portland LGBT nightclub, announced Sunday, Oct. 4, that it is closing its doors, citing small business struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic. (KOIN File)

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