Line dance fans will soon have to find somewhere else to do-si-do. After 13 years, Scandals Saloon is closing. Owner Ken Kelley announced the closure of the bar, located on Northeast 6 Avenue, on Facebook Monday.
“All I can say is WOW! I just made the most difficult decision today to close Scandals Saloon as of this Sunday. And the word is already on Facebook. I wanted the chance to talk to all of the staff first. It is with a very heavy heart I had to make this decision . . . It has been an amazing thirteen years and I am truly blessed to have been a part of this community. Thank you again to all those who stayed with us. God Bless each of you.”
Kelley said “business suffered horribly” after he had to put in valet parking.
“So many of our customers refused to support Scandals any longer. For those of you who stood by us for over thirteen years, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I can't imagine my life without Scandals. Life most definitely got in the way this past year with my second cancer diagnosis. I haven't been able to devote the time and energy to Scandals for a long time but that truly should not have made that much difference.” He also said he “just can’t compete” with the other bars.
The competition between bars in Wilton Manors, especially on Wilton Drive, is very tough. Nick Berry, who co-owns Rumors Bar & Grill, has told SFGN in the past that it’s very hard to make a profit running a bar because there are so many and they all constantly run drink specials.
Scandals customers expressed their own disappointment with the news.
“I am sad to hear the closing of my favorite bar! It surely has been a home away from home and I love you Ken for having a place for us country music and line dancing lovers for all these years. Your health is the most important thing!!!!” wrote Mike Peterson.
“I know this was a difficult decision. Tommy and I just wanted to say thank you for Scandals and for being you. We’ll have a drink in your honor tonight at Scandals. Here’s to the next chapter, whatever that may be,” wrote Carl Covington.