Contact: Fred Karger, Founder 310/666-9119
Robert Gentry, Co-chair 808/923-4060
August 16, 2006
BOOM BOOM ROOM GETS 11th HOUR REPRIEVE
OWNERS SIGN 1 YEAR LEASE RENEWAL — BOOM IS SAVED!!!
LAGUNA BEACH, CA — The SAVE THE BOOM!!! organizers received word today that the landmark Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn will remain open for at least another year.
Patrick O’Laughlin and James Marchese, co-owners of the Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn have come to terms with the building owner Steven Udvar-Hazy.
“It’s like Christmas in August,” stated SAVE the BOOM!!! founder, Fred Karger. ” This is the best possible news and we are so grateful to Mr. Hazy for giving the oldest gay bar in the Western United States new life.
“We look forward to keeping our SAVE the BOOM!!! campaign alive, and hope during the next 12 months we can convince him that these landmark businesses should remain a vital part of Laguna Beach.
“We have gathered close to 5,000 signatures from Laguna Beach residents and visitors alike in the last 2 1/2 months to SAVE the BOOM!!!, and we think our message has been heard. We will turn these signatures into the City Council sometime after Labor Day and hope that the City leaders will help us in our crusade to SAVE the BOOM!!! forever. This fight is essential to the gay community that lives in and visits Laguna Beach. The historic Coast Inn and Boom Boom Room represent our past and our future.