This is the most difficult message I’ve ever had to share.
The last day of operations for XY and 1181 will be December 31st, 2018.
Me and my team have spent 8 years building a community of customers, performers, and team. We are a family, and I am devastated.
The financial reality is that there is no other path forward: a lease renewal due in January, high commercial lease rates on Davie street, and increasing challenges in obtaining hospitality insurance were all factors in this decision.
On Friday of last week, after some tough conversations and much soul searching, I came to the difficult conclusion that this is the only option. It was important to me to give as much notice as possible and personally inform you of this decision.
It breaks my heart.
I have the best team in the world. They have served our customers and our community with love, and for that I am grateful.
Tonight, December 3rd, both venues will be closed and staff and performers will be given a paid night off to absorb this information. We will reopen for the month of December, with an aim to give you a run of goodbye parties like you’ve never seen. Stop by, bring friends, have a cocktail, and tip your bartenders. We will keep you updated on December’s events through the XYYVR & 1181 Facebook pages.
Eight years ago I was embraced by this community, and I have strived to give back to it whenever possible. What I’ve been given in our time together goes far beyond business, and will stay with me for a lifetime. Together, we worked hard to make 1181 and XY spaces where LGBTQ2+ people feel welcome, celebrated and loved – and for that, you will forever have my gratitude.