After months of delays, here’s when Clermont Lounge now hopes to open

This photo is from 2002 shows the Clermont Lounge sign on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Credit: Charles Jeffress

Credit: Charles Jeffress

This photo is from 2002 shows the Clermont Lounge sign on Ponce de Leon Avenue.

For those who are keeping tabs: the Clermont Lounge could re-open in the next couple weeks.

"Still closed but see daylight at the ending of the tunnel. We don't believe it's a train and should be open by June 1 if all goes as planned!" a Clermont Lounge Facebook status posted Thursday says.

The storied Ponce de Leon Avenue basement strip club has a loyal following and has become somewhat of a rite of passage for locals and tourists alike. It opened in 1965 and has been featured on TV shows and frequented by celebrities such as Bill Murray, Morgan Freeman and Jon Stewart, the website says.

The Clermont Lounge has been closed longer than initially expected. In late February, an owner hoped it would re-open the first week of April.

The dancers have had to find other means of income since the lounge closed at the start of the year to accommodate the redevelopment of the historic Clermont Motor Hotel into an upscale boutique hotel. They've washed cars at a Cobb County bar, performed at the Star Bar and raised $9,000 through a GoFundMe campaign.

The Clermont was built in 1924 as an apartment building and was converted to a hotel in 1940.

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