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Long Beach Levi-leather bar Eagle 562 announces opening date

The Long Beach leather bar Eagle 562 will open may 26, the bar announced on its website. Photo: Eagle 562.

LONG BEACH — Eagle 562, the Long Beach Levi-leather bar, will open May 26, the bar announced today on its website.

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Eagle 562 (not affiliated with the Eagle LA or any other Eagle bar) has been under construction since late last year and will open at the site of the former Pistons in North Long Beach, which — after 51 years — closed April 17, 2016.

Eagle 562 is owned by Michael Barber, who purchased the bar last summer and also owns The Falcon bar and Paradise Bar and Restaurant, two venerable gay establishments along Long Beach’s Broadway Corridor.

Assistant manager Robert Rios told Q Voice News earlier this year that the bar “will be raunchy, cruisey and seedy. It will be a destination bar. It will be worth the drive from L.A., Orange County or San Diego.”

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Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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