Faultline is cruising for a new location.
The leather bar recently left its Silver Lake location, and co-owner Ruby De Fresno is scouting for a new home for the landmark gay space.
De Fresno is negotiating a new lease, possibly in Silver Lake, she said.
“We want to keep it going,” she said. “I’m very excited to keep the legacy of Faultline alive. Preserving this historic bar has always been close to my heart.”
Faultline has been closed since March due to COVID-19 and mandatory Los Angeles County health orders that closed bars and clubs. The virus has wreaked financial havoc on LGBTQ spaces, several bars and clubs have closed and others have created GoFundMe pages to stay afloat until they are allowed to re-open.
Faultline had been a fixture on Melrose Avenue near the intersection with Vermont Avenue for 27 years. De Fresno and her business partner bought the landmark bar in 2016 from Jorge Usatorres and leased the building.
De Fresno said they vacated the space “recently.”
“It was a difficult decision,” she said. “It was a decision to keep the business alive. Rent had something to do with it. We were hoping to stay, but it didn’t work out.”
Don’t worry, the bar’s neon penis is in good hands.
Before leaving, De Fresno had the iconic interior decor, including the illuminated phallus, removed for safekeeping, and its future home.
“All the interior decor and artwork is in storage,” De Fresno said. “The neon penis, neon clock, and other historic items are being preserved,” including the larger-than-life, iconic Faultline leather men art pieces, she said.
Also, the interior Faultline sign and the neon “F” from the exterior logo also have been preserved, De Fresno said.
The 74-year-old building that housed Faultline was constructed in 1947. In the 1960s, the space was called Red Rogue and owned by Judy Garland and her husband, Sid Luft. Garland put her handprint and signed her name on the cement slab behind the back bar in 1963.
The space has existed as a gay bar more than 40 years. In the 1980s, it was known as The Stud, a Levi-leather cruise bar. In 1989, the bar was changed to Griff’s.
Shawn Farnsworth bought the business in 1993 and christened it Faultline.