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Iconic Atlanta gay bar celebrates milestone 30th anniversary - Georgia Voice

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Iconic Atlanta gay bar celebrates milestone 30th anniversary - Georgia Voice

Robbie Medwed

The dark, stucco building at 306 Ponce de Leon Avenue first housed Renegade’s, a gay country bar opened by the Eagle’s first owner, Jay Evans, that lasted less than six months. Evans previously owned the Texas Drilling Company (where Highland Tap is now). When Renegade’s failed, he decided to paint everything black and re-open as the Eagle – though according to Robby Kelley, who purchased the bar with his partner (and current owner) Richard Ramey after Jay died of AIDS soon after opening, Jay often joked that if the Eagle failed, he’d “find a poodle, dye it pink, put it up on a pole and call it ‘The Pink Poodle on Ponce.’”

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