Thursday, March 13, 2014

Roy's Comfort Zone

Roy's Comfort Zone (2007)
Roy's Comfort Zone

Location: 1412 West Huntington Park Avenue, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Opened: At least as early as 2005

Closed: Till at least 2012

If you go by Clubfly, Roy's Comfort Zone was a clearly a lesbian place, no doubt about it--though now out of business:

Roy’s Comfort Zone Roy’s Comfort Zone Philadelphia (CLOSED)
1412 W Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19140 
Type: Lesbian Bar
In a nutshell: Friday night watering hole for the ladies. The music is fair for the average gal just needing a drink to end a hectic week. Warning - parking is on the street, and it is on the north side...

Just one problem. There are not a lot of formal reviews that implicitly call this a lesbian place. Or even a gay place necessarily.

For instance, here's what Clubplanet has to say:

Roy's Comfort Zone is the type of place you start off your night. The drinks are cheap and strong but the crowd isn’t the type to get the party started. Grab a quick drink here and then head out to the real party. 

This place has/had such a low profile, that there are no reviews at yelp. Just mention of its existence.

Ah. Here's a clue. It was apparently still in existence during Pride Week 2012. And it appeared to cater to Black "sexy females":

Philly Black Pride Party

Friday Apr 27, 2012 8:00PM-01:00AM in Philadelphia   

Its that time of year PHILLY PRIDE, Sweeties is setting if off with old & new skool music, putting it down again. If you missed last years party, then you dont want to miss this years, if you want to see some of the hottest, sexiest females from Delaware, D.C., New York, and Atlanta then Phillys Black Pride is the place to be Roys Comfort Zone.
Oh. And then there's this news story. Not good.
Police are on the lookout for a man who opened fire in Hunting Park.  Investigators say the 38-year-old victim was hit in the leg at about 1 a.m. while he played video games inside Roy's Comfort Zone on the 1400 block of West Hunting Park Avenue.
The man who fired the gun then ran out of the bar and police are looking for him.

There's no word on any motive in the shooting.

Pay dirt. We finally locate some customer reviews at yahoo local from what appear to be Black lesbians. Here's what they say:
JewelzOhSoSexii 08/09/05:
buttercup 01/25/06:
It was ok in there. I went there for the first time last fri and it was alright. It was very hot in there and not enough space but there were definitely alot of sexy ladies in the spot. Not to mention the music was aight!!!!
Mssweet31 04/30/06: 
Yes I finally made and I had a ball!!!!!!!!!!! The music was good and the people were nice!!!! It was a good atmosphere and I definately will be goin again!
TreasureT 01/13/12:
Wow I hear that something new is coming, the reopening of ROY'S COMFORT ZONE. P&C Productions wll be presentng a place for you to party again on every first[1st] and third[3rd] Friday of every month catering to the LGBT community. Starting Feb. 3, 2012 9pm to 2am. I hear from 9 to 10 its free but $10 to get in SO I SAY GET YOUR PARTY ON, you know get the party started some place for the family to party again:]
A lesser trafficked review site called gayscom also notes that Roy's is "Mostly Women."

We also hear that the food was good solid down-home cooking (no vegan quinoa sliders!). From foursquare:

 Sakinah T.· December 29, 2011

Turkey wings mac and yams 10$ best platter


As far as I can tell, no business has replaced Roy's at this location. So is it still in operation? Given the lack of any reviews since 2012 and the clubfly notation, I'm going to assume not. If I'm wrong, y'all let me know.

Given the rarity of Black lesbian space, it was a real treat to stumble upon this one.

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