Drag Queen Bingo Moves to a New Square

BTL Staff
By | 2016-12-15T09:00:00-04:00 December 15th, 2016|Michigan, News|

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ROYAL OAK — Five15 cafe on Washington Avenue, known for its entertaining and popular Drag Queen Bingo nights, is getting ready to move. The new location will be a vacant corner store attached to Pronto restaurant and operate under the restaurant’s liquor license, according to The Daily Tribune.
Gary Baglio, co-owner of Five15, which operates as a coffee shop, book and gift shop during the day, is hoping to be moved in to the new space at Pronto by March or April 2017.
“I want to turn it into a nice cabaret,” he said.
Pronto will still keep its restaurant, though a redesign is in the works, and supply all food and alcohol to Five15 events.
Baglio said the new location will not change what he does at Five15, but it is bound to quench a long-denied thirst among his customers during Drag Queen Bingo events.
Five15 does about half its business with its cafe and other sales, he added.
The special bingo nights with drag queens have been a steady attraction and drawn capacity crowds since they began shortly after Baglio’s business opened in 2007.
“They have sold out for eight years,” he said.
The new location will increase the size of Five15 from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet, he added.
City Commissioners this week approved a request from Pronto’s owners for a change in operations under the terms of their liquor license.
“Five15 is one of the gems of Royal Oak,” said City Commissioner Kyle DuBuc.
Police had no objections and expected no extra demand on police services from the location change.
City officials said Pronto’s owners were unsure what to do with the vacant corner store space at their business.
“I think it is going to be a great addition,” said Kelly Allen, an attorney for Pronto.
Carol Hennessey, a longtime Royal Oak volunteer and organizer of the Memorial Day parade and other events, supported Baglio’s move.
“Gary has shown much support for the community,” she said. “It will really make that corner store look much better than it has.”

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