Burkhart’s GM Don Hunnewell took to Facebook Friday night to report that Palmer Marsh — whose racist Facebook posts ignited controversy over the past week — has sold the bar.

Hunnewell’s post:

Due to a transition of ownership, Burkharts will not be open tonight, Friday, January 26. Tonight all assets will be carefully inventoried. The new ownership, has guaranteed to keep the existing staff and management and looks forward to providing Atlanta with the best of food, beverage & entertainment. Once this business deal is completed, as scheduled tomorrow, Burkharts will reopen under new ownership with the existing staff. Thanks to all who have stood strong and united, because of you, Burkharts will continue to grow and serve Atlanta’s wonderfully diverse LGBTQ community.

Georgia Voice attempted to reach Hunnewell for follow-up questions but he declined to comment further.

A series of Burkhart’s owner Palmer Marsh’s Facebook posts from 2015 began circulating on social media on Jan. 19, and Wussy published a story that evening including the posts. Burkhart’s GM Don Hunnewell issued a statement to Georgia Voice the next morning sticking up for the bar’s employees, talking about his intentions to leave his position and offering to pass along any offers to purchase the bar. The controversy spilled over onto national headlines as the owner continued to refuse to talk and the bar’s Facebook page disappeared.

Then, Thursday night, the entertainers who perform drag shows at the bar resigned. A group of entertainers formed a group called Queens United, and a public forum about the issue is taking place Saturday morning at Illuminarium on Old Fourth Ward. It remains to be seen whether the new owner(s) will be present, but many on social media are calling for them to do so.

7 Responses

  1. James

    I would need actual proof of the transfer of ownership to believe this story. The “former” owner could have sold it to another one of his entities.

  2. Rion

    I’m sorry. It is not that easy to sell a bar, especially the transition of liquor licenses. Until I see formal documents or something on the Secretary of State website showing that it has been closed I will no longer frequent the bar. I know that at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter because there are enough people who are still willing to go and spend their money but at some point, we White and Black have to take a stand.

  3. Joey

    This is a made up public relations move! I’ve worked in night clubs all my life (20 years) I’ve seen many club owners “sell” , close and reopen to escape various issues. Please provide legal documents.

    • Gregg Story

      You are full of bullshit you dumbass Where was your ass at during the fund raiser’s at BURKHARTS in the mid 80′ s &90’s for Project Open Hands &Meals On Wheels which for several years donated thousands of dollars???? He did not charge venders other than donation s to the events while there was &never had been a door charge or a membership fee (unlike MANY other establishment s whom didn’t raise JACK Shit. I know because I worked several of those bars for 20 Years.I liked Palmer &his wife they treated me with respect during my health crisis!!! Don’t go dogging someone unless you damn sure you know everything about them ….


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