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Fountain Haus: A Sad Goodbye to a Popular LGBTQ-Friendly Spot

Fountain Haus, a well-liked LGBTQ-friendly place in Westport, Kansas City, has closed down. Known for its three floors, multiple dance floors, and rooftop “pool deck,” the club faced many challenges. Despite the hard work of owner David Brinkerhoff and his team, they had to shut the doors.

A One-of-a-Kind Nightlife Experience

Opening in 2022 at 401 Westport Road, Fountain Haus took over the space that used to be HopCat and TikiCat. The 13,000-square-foot club had food, many bars, and a rooftop pool deck that looked like an empty swimming pool. It was a spot for drag shows, dance parties like Queer Terror, and a hub during Pride events. Fountain Haus was one of the biggest queer and ally spaces in the Midwest.

Legal Trouble and Helping Employees

In August, David Hollins, a former partner in the business, filed a lawsuit. He said he wasn’t repaid for his $50,000 investment in the club, which was a 2% stake. The lawsuit was settled a few weeks ago, and Hollins’ attorney said the settlement was good for his client. It’s not known if the settlement had anything to do with the club closing.

Brinkerhoff said that employees would get severance for February. He also asked Fountain Haus customers to support other LGBTQ places in the area, like Bistro 303, Cafe Trio, Gaels Public House, Hamburger Mary’s, Missie B’s, Sidekicks, Sidestreet, and Woody’s.

Find a Home Near Fun Nightlife Options

If you want to live near fun nightlife options like Fountain Haus, think about looking in Overland Park, Leawood, and Olathe Kansas. With the help of a real estate agent, you can find the perfect home in these lively communities with lots of nightlife choices.

Thankful for the Fountain Haus Legacy

As the club closes, Brinkerhoff thanked the Fountain Haus team, the customers, and the community partners who helped make the club a success. He said, “You are the heartbeat of Fountain Haus. We are super proud of what we built together and are so grateful to have been a part of Kansas City’s story.”