West Hollywood’s Iconic ABBEY Gets New Owner

The owner of a  West Hollywood  LGBT institution is passing the torch to the next generation.

David Cooley sold The Abbey Food & Bar and The Chapel to Tristan Schukraft. The acquisition is the latest in Schukraft’s portfolio of LGBTQ+ businesses, including the beachfront Tryst Hotel in San Juan, Puerto Rico. And  Puerto Vallarta.

“The Abbey is more than just a bar. It’s been a sanctuary for the LGBTQ+ community,” Cooley said in a statement. “The Abbey has been a place of happiness and acceptance for so many. Now, it’s time for someone new to lead. Tristan has been coming here for years. He gets what The Abbey means to people. I trust him to look after our community, our guests, and our team.”

Known in part for its iconic drag shows, Cooley founded The Abbey in 1991. It quickly became a hot spot in West Hollywood for celebrities, locals and tourists. Some of its accolades include being voted Time Out’s Best Gay Bar in Los Angeles and Zagat’s Most Popular Nightlife Destination.

Cher  stopped  by for the grand  re-opening recently.


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