SILVER LAKE –– It’s been more than a year since the dance floor went dark and the Go-Go Boys stopped gyrating after MJ’s, one of Silver Lake’s last gay bars, closed up early last year. Since then, the owners have remained quiet about what’s planned for the Hyperion Avenue venue while construction has been on and off during the past year. However, construction has resumed, and it looks like MJ’s is getting a major makeover.
MJ’s once gray-stucco exterior is now sheathed in dark wood siding, with shiny new metal fixtures dangling off the walls. Out back, the parking lot has been fenced off as a new retaining wall and excavation are in the works. Meanwhile, building permits have been issued to build a new patio and 16-foot-high fireplace behind the former gay night spot.
Will MJ’s replacement still host gay-themed foam parties by the towering new fire place? Stay tuned until we hear more from the owners.