Sioux Falls, South Dakota
I chatted with Doug on the phone this morning and he reports that business has been good. Doug is also a supporter of the Sioux Falls gay community center.
The new bar is called David, and before it opened for business, the state's largest daily, the Argus Leader, gave it some advance publicity last month:
The bar and dance club has been in the works for some time and was supposed to open before the end of 2007.
But architect Ward Whitwam said various renovation issues, including delayed shipments, set back the opening date. David will be an upscale version of Kooiker's current bar Touchéz and will have the same gay-friendly atmosphere.
A brochure says of David, "We embrace a European attitude celebrating diversity while finding common ground. We extend our welcome to all and encourage a sense of pride and community." [...]
The space is industrial with a Roman flair. Think steel staircases and a replica of David, exposed brick walls and photos of ancient architecture.
Folks even will get a blast from the past with the old Rainbow Bar sign hanging on the second floor.