Even with all the change Pike/Pine has seen in its food and drink economy, a key component of the neighborhood’s LGBT culture has a new deal to stay in the neighborhood. CHS has learned The WildRose, the lesbian bar about to begin its 28th year at 11th and Pike, has signed an extension through 2015 with options to extend the deal further, according to the bar’s relatively new landlords, Cadence Capital.
To start 2012, CHS reported on the $4.3 million deal to acquire The Winston Apartments building the Rose calls home. The new owners told CHS at the time their goal was to keep the 1905-era building as it is, make some improvements here and there and continue to operate the apartments and make space for the bar and Hothouse Spa & Sauna as well as create some space for a new business or two.
While the deal guarantees The WildRose will have a home on E Pike through 2015, it isn’t quite as long-ranging as the agreement Neumos ownership came to earlier this year to lock up a space for the club through 2024.
The WildRose and owner Shelley Brothers celebrated the 25-year anniversary of the bar in 2009.
This CHS “retro” post looked at the building as it stood in 1907