April 21st, 2013 | by AARON SPENCER |

Hamburger Mary's Closing Tonight

Gay-Friendly Downtown Burger Joint will be Shuttered after Bingo

     
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Tonight is the last night for Portland to eat, drink and be Mary: Hamburger Mary's, the gay-friendly burger joint, is closing.

Staff would not elaborate as to why this Mary's franchise is closing, confirming only that tonight is its last night in business.

Shortly after WW contacted Hamburger Mary's the following message was posted to its Facebook page

Well, I guess the time has come, as the rumors are a-spreadin'. Hamburger Mary's Portland is closing her doors at this location tonight right after Charity Bingo ends. The evil landlords finally won this battle. More details to follow tomorrow, but stop by and give us hugs and do a shot with us, as our hearts are heavy. We love you, Portland!!!

Hamburger Mary's reopened in Portland in 2011 after the city's first location, widely lauded as a Portland institution, closed a decade ago. Since then promotions like dollar well nights and events like "Maryoke" kept the place packed with Old Town traffic. Drinking contests—often involving nudity—were a common occurrence in return for cheap prizes.

Beyond the "Guacamole B.J." burgers and "Brittney Fried Spears" deep-fried pickles, the restaurant had its fair share of drama, ranging from infighting between drag queens and complaints from staff about mismanagement, including a recent lawsuit filed by a waitress who claimed a manager there sent her pictures of his penis.
 
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