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Fountain Haus: A Popular LGBTQ-Friendly Nightclub Closes Down

Fountain Haus, a popular LGBTQ-friendly nightclub in Kansas City, has closed its doors after just two years. The club, located in Westport, was known for its multiple dance floors, rooftop “pool deck,” and being a hub for Pride events. Unfortunately, the owners faced more challenges than expected, and keeping the club open was no longer possible.

What Made Fountain Haus Stand Out?

Opened in 2022 by David Brinkerhoff, Dan Meiners, and Ryan Overberg, Fountain Haus was situated at 401 Westport Road, previously home to HopCat and TikiCat. The 13,000-square-foot space featured food, multiple bars, and a unique rooftop pool deck designed to make customers feel like they were partying in an empty swimming pool. The club hosted drag shows, dance parties like Queer Terror, and billed itself as “one of the largest queer and ally spaces” in the Midwest.

Legal Issues and Closure

In August last year, a former minority partner, David Hollins, filed a lawsuit alleging that the owners had not paid back his $50,000 investment in the club. The lawsuit was settled a few weeks ago, but it’s unclear if this was related to the club’s closure. Brinkerhoff announced that employees would receive severance for the month of February and encouraged customers to support other LGBTQ establishments in the area.

Looking for a New Home in Kansas City?

If you’re considering moving to Kansas City or nearby areas like Overland Park, Leawood, or Olathe Kansas, there are plenty of great options to buy a home near these vibrant communities. With a thriving LGBTQ scene and a diverse range of neighborhoods, Kansas City is an excellent place to call home. To find the perfect property, consider working with a local real estate expert who can guide you through the process.

Supporting LGBTQ Establishments in Kansas City

Although Fountain Haus has closed, there are still many LGBTQ-friendly establishments in Kansas City to enjoy. Some popular options include Bistro 303, Cafe Trio, Gaels Public House, Hamburger Mary’s, Missie B’s, Sidekicks, Sidestreet, and Woody’s. By supporting these businesses, you can help ensure that Kansas City remains a welcoming and inclusive place for everyone.