Former fashion cop George Kotsiopoulos to open Or Bar in West Hollywood

George Kotsiopoulos

George Kotsiopoulos (left), Stephanie Schestag (center), and Rob Novinger are business partners in Or Bar, a new West Hollywood gay bar that has taken over the space that formerly housed Gold Coast. Photo: Instagram.

Former “​​Fashion Police” co-host George Kotsiopoulos is a co-owner of Or Bar, in a new West Hollyood gay bar that has taken over the space once occupied by the venerable Gold Coast.

Kotsiopoulos made the announcement on his Instagram page last week.

“I’ve been working on a few exciting projects during this loooong pandemic and here’s one I can finally announce: My friends and I are opening an LBGTQ bar in West Hollywood!!! We are super excited to create a cool, upscale space with back-to-basic drinks, GREAT music and chic peeps in this iconic location. Huge thanks to my friend @marcmalkin for the “official” announcement in @variety this week and 😘🥰😍 to my incredible partners @loveandlightsteph@robnovinger. Can’t wait to share more!”

Circus of Books owner Rob Novinger and Fire Hot Yoga founder Stephanie Schestag are his business partners.

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The name Or Bar is a nod to the previous space as Or is French for “gold.”

Gold Coast bar permanently closed in September after serving the community 39 years. It became the fourth gay bar to close on Santa Monica Boulevard, and the fifth LGBTQ space in Los Angeles County to turn off the lights.

“We don’t want gay bars to become obsolete,” Kotsiopoulos told Variety. “We’re passionate about making sure we still have safe places for the community.”

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Kotsiopoulos’ Instagram post shows him throwing a hammer and smashing one of the mirrors inside the former Gold Coast space as part of the demolition, which started in July.

Or Bar’s opening is scheduled for early next year, Variety reported.

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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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