UPDATE at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015: The new owner says his purchase will involve a “reopening” next year. See more below.
Many Angeleno nightlife denizens have been concerned about the fate of Jewel's Catch One, the deco-era building turned into a club in 1973 by Jewel Thais-Williams.
This year the Mid-City venue with the neon “disco” sign closed its doors. Thais-Williams put a for sale sign out front. When it was founded it was a rare if not solitary gay black dance club in Los Angeles. It's in a swanky community, Country Club Park, that was at the center of the successful postwar battle to end racial covenants in town. The neighborhood has been home to African-American stars such as Lou Rawls and Lena Horne.
The club was one of the few to play proper house music in the early to mid 1990s. More recently, Jewel's Catch One was the site of the Church Off York hipster parties.
Turns out we don't have to worry about the future of Jewel's Catch One. It's now in good hands.
Mitch Edelson, a member of the family that owns Los Globos, Martini Lounge, Dragonfly, the Joint and El Cid, is the new owner.
“Mitch just purchased [the club] and is willing to share [it] with the neighborhood,” the Olympic Park Neighborhood Council said on its Facebook page recently. ” … Thank You Mitch.”
Edelson's name is listed as the club's “agent” in the California Secretary of State's business database. California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control spokesman John Carr told us “a requested stock transfer” for the venue was “pending.” The name of the proposed new stockholder is Mitch Edelson, he confirmed.
We reached out to the nightlife entrepreneur; a representative said an announcement about the purchase would be made in the upcoming days.
In the meantime, Edelson is celebrating Thanksgiving — and this is where we got the hint that he purchased the club — by giving away free meals at the venue. Really.
UPDATE at 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015: Edelson got back to us, saying, “We look forward to reopening the Catch One sometime in 2016.”