It’s been two whole months since Palace reopened at its new location at 1052 Ocean Drive — inches away from The Clevelander — and if you ask owner Thomas Donall how business has been, he’ll tell you better than ever.
At least twice the size of the old 1200 Ocean Drive locale, the new Palace has plenty of room for the drag queens to perform a split, death drop, rolling cannonball and cartwheels — and each of those have already been flawlessly executed by some of the resident divas.
The new Palace, much like the old, has never had trouble attracting celebrities. In recent weeks, Bravo’s Andy Cohen — of “Watch What Happens Live” fame and a self-proclaimed Palace fan — was seen a handful of times dining and hanging with the queens, including his favorite Tiffany Fantasia. And just this weekend, the cast of “Jersey Shore” — including Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, Jenni “JWOWW” Farley and Deena Nicole Cortese — had Sunday brunch at the Palace while a camera crew filmed their antics for the upcoming reunion show, “Jersey Show: Family Vacation.”
The latest celebrity sightings couldn’t have better timing as the iconic drag bar prepares to mark its 30th anniversary with The Pearl Ball Celebration on Friday, Feb. 16. The anniversary bash will feature a special guest DJ, live performances by the Palace divas and complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.