After six months of wrangling over parking requirements, the new gay bar Klub Wet is set to open on Maple Avenue next week, according to owner Keith Lackie.
Lackie initially planned to open the bar in late October, in the building that previously housed Illlusions, 4100 Maple. But at the last minute, the city refused to issue a certificate of occupancy, saying Lackie didn’t have sufficient parking.
What followed was a protracted dispute involving the city, Lackie and Crow Holdings, which owns property across Throckmorton Street where Lackie had two remote parking agreements. In the end, Lackie said he decided to build his own parking lot on a parcel behind the bar that’s owned by his landlord.
“We finally got it figured out,” Lackie told Instant Tea today. “Everybody’s very excited right now. … I don’t give up on anything. It takes a lot more than Crow Holdings to get me to give up.”
Lackie has said he spent $150,000 remodeling the inside of Klub Wet, which will fulfill a dream he had his with late partner, Andy Primm.
Lackie also plans to redo the outside of the building once the bar is open.
He said he expected to receive a permit today to begin grading the new parking lot, and hopes to be open by the middle of next week. But this time, he isn’t setting a firm date.
“With the city, you never know what they’re going to pull at the last minute,” he said. “I’m just going to hold off on announcing the actual opening date until I get final approval and get my CO [certificate of occupancy] in my hands.”