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Iconic Denton Gay Bar Mable Peabody’s Shutters Abruptly

The bar closed its doors over the weekend

So long, Mable Peabody’s
Mable Peabody's Beauty Parlor & Chainsaw Repair/Facebook
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Without much notice, iconic Denton gay bar Mable Peabody’s Beauty Parlor and Chainsaw Repair has officially closed its doors.

Rumors of Mable Peabody’s demise circulated quickly on social media over the weekend, and a producer for the bar confirmed its closure on Monday, reports The Dentonite. The longstanding bar, open since 1979, has been a fixture in both the city and the LGBT community in North Texas. In 2007, the bar was robbed, vandalized, and ultimately burned down by a suspected arsonist, and officially reopened the next year.

Owner Kelly Sanders has not yet commented on the future of the space or why the popular bar closed its doors. Rumormongers on the r/Denton forum speculate that the rent on the space at 1125 East University Drive is going up, and the bar isn’t making enough cash to cover that additional expense.

Mable Peabody’s served its last drinks over the weekend. Pour one out for Denton’s only gay bar, and stay tuned for more details on what this space will become.