Hamburger Mary’s St. Louis, the drag cabaret and restaurant at 400 Washington Avenue, has closed. An employee confirmed the closure after Saturday evening's shows, and Mokha Montrese, a new addition to the cast, posted a farewell on Facebook.
“Thank you David (Pardue), Rob (Mansman) and Mike (Dutzer) the staff of Hamburger Mary’s St. Luis it was my pleasure. There’s nothing to be ashamed of 2020 COVID-19 has been a tough time for everyone. Please hold your head up high and done’ look back," Montrese wrote. "Hamburger Mary’s St. Louis is now closed.”
Managing partner David Pardue could not be reached for comment.
When Hamburger Mary’s opened in January 2018, he said it was a “good time for people to come out and enjoy a good meal with entertainment on the side. ... We don’t want it to be seen as a gay bar because of the drag part,” Pardue said. “Ninety percent of our clientele are West County housewives and bachelorette parties. We want to be inviting to everyone.”
At 10,000 square feet, it was one of the largest Hamburger Mary’s locations.
Early in the pandemic, before Hamburger Mary’s reopened for customers, its drag queens performed on the sidewalk and in the street to attract customers to place carryout orders.
Hamburger Mary’s has hosted “RuPaul’s Drag Race” performers such as Asia O’Hara and Trinity the Tuck and “American Idol” finalist Ada Vox.
Co-owners Mansman and Dutzer, who are based in Maryland, also own Mad Angel Entertainment, which produces the Miss Gay America pageant. The annual pageant had made St. Louis and Hamburger Mary's its home for national competitions. Hamburger Mary's also hosted a number of smaller pageants.
A Hamburger Mary’s location with different owners operated in midtown from 2012 to 2014.
After years of hopping from city to city, the Miss Gay America organization has put down roots in St. Louis for its national competition.
Stay up-to-date on what's happening
Receive the latest in local entertainment news in your inbox weekly!