Marlena’s Replacement Gets a Name: Brass Tacks

Marlena's: 1990-2013
Marlena's: 1990-2013 Photo: Facebook

When popular gay bar and rag-tag weekend drag venue Marlena’s (488 Hayes Street) said goodbye back in March, the details about the new replacement project remained scarce. Today Tablehopper reports that the young trio of new owners, Matt Conway, Anthony Healy-London, and Josh McAdam, have revealed the new name: Brass Tacks. The ETA is still uncertain, but construction is underway inside. We were told by Garry “Marlena” McLain, in the weeks leading up to the closing, that the new crew intend to make this a gay-friendly establishment, welcoming in all the old clientele, but that the drag shows wouldn’t be continuing. We’ll let you know as soon as we know more. [Tablehopper, Earlier]