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    David Cooley Makes Tearful Final Exit as Owner of The Abbey WeHo

    David Cooley, the founder and former owner of The Abbey WeHo and The Chapel at The Abbey, made a tearful exit on his last day as owner of two of West Hollywood’s most iconic nightclubs on Thursday night. He officially turned over the reins to new owner Tristan Schukraft.

    The final hurrah was a low-key affair. According to a witness, at one point all the bartenders lined up to bid their former boss a final farewell, but Cooley took too long to come out from the back, so they eventually went back to work.

    Video captured by longtime patron Edgar Alvarez shows a tearful Cooley hugging his staff and patrons as he made his way out of The Abbey WeHo. The crowd clapped and cheered, and people can be heard thanking him as he made his final exit.

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    David Cooley, the founder and former owner of The Abbey WeHo and The Chapel at The Abbey, made a tearful exit on his last day as owner of two of West Hollywood’s most iconic nightclub on Thursday night. He officially turned over the reigns to new owner Tristan Schukraft. The final hurrah was a low-key affair. According to a witness, at one point all the bartenders lined up to bid their former boss a final farewell, but Cooley took too long to come out from the back, so they eventually went back to work. Video captured by longtime patron Edgar Alvarez shows a tearful Cooley hugging his staff and patrons as he made his way out of The Abbey WeHo. The crowd clapped and cheered, and people can be heard thanking him as he made his final exit. As a joke, and perhaps a final nod to Cooley’s longstanding relationship with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, a sheriff’s deputy vehicle waited for him out front and then whisked him away in a dramatic exit while people on the sidewalk waved goodbye. #wehotimes #wehonews #wehocity #weho #westhollywood #wehonightlife #westhollywoodnightlife @The Abbey @

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    As a joke, and perhaps a final nod to Cooley’s longstanding relationship with the West Hollywood Sheriff’s Station, a sheriff’s deputy vehicle waited for him out front and then whisked him away in a dramatic exit while people on the sidewalk waved goodbye.

    The Abbey Food & Bar and The Chapel at The Abbey were sold to entrepreneur Tristan Schukraft—a technology entrepreneur turned hotelier, nightlife aficionado, and well-known member of the West Hollywood LGBTQ+ community.

    The Abbey and The Chapel add to Schukraft’s portfolio of businesses that enrich the LGBTQ+ community across the United States, which includes MISTR, the largest telemedicine provider of free online PrEP and long-term HIV care serving all 50 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico. More recently, Schukraft acquired and is in the process of reimagining Tryst and Circo, LGBTQ+ hotel and nightlife venues in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    “I’m excited to build on the legacy that David Cooley created over the last 33 years at The Abbey. David built a small coffee shop on an unknown side street into one of the most famous gay bars in the country, if not the world. This is both an honor and a significant responsibility,” explains Tristan Schukraft. “I plan to respect and honor The Abbey’s history while bringing new ideas that reflect our evolving LGBTQ+ community and my personal approach to hospitality. We’re not just maintaining a legacy business and an international landmark; we’re adding to the future of LGBTQ+ nightlife.”

    David Cooley’s last day at The Abbey WeHo truly marks the end of an era.

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    Paulo Murillo
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    Paulo Murillo is Editor in Chief and Publisher of WEHO TIMES. He brings over 20 years of experience as a columnist, reporter, and photo journalist. Murillo began his professional writing career as the author of “Love Ya, Mean It,” an irreverent and sometimes controversial West Hollywood lifestyle column for FAB! newspaper. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, which include the “Hot Topic” column in Frontiers magazine, where he covered breaking news and local events in West Hollywood. He can be reached at [email protected]

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    Mike
    Mike
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    1 month ago

    Fuck this guy. Tons of roofies and SA occurred on his watch. Bet he had a great relationship with the Sheriff. Can’t wait to see this predator get his

    Kevin
    Kevin
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    1 month ago

    Thanks David for all you have done.

    Elliot
    Elliot
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    1 month ago

    Hi Tristan I wish you success with your purchase but I won’t be back until your staff treat differently abled patrons with equal respect please see my Google review regarding my experience on 1 April this year at 8pm

    James
    James
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    1 month ago

    The pickpockets are ridiculous!

    Jo
    Jo
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    1 month ago

    I was a regular when the Abbey was just a coffee house with great deserts. The it added alcohol drink and moving into entertainment. Now it’s a multi venued establishment, boy how things evolved.

    David Zakrzewski
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    Reply to  Jo
    1 month ago

    Yes, I used live in the area when it was across the street next to the dry cleaners. Great Things often have small beginnings.

    Eat my poo
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    1 month ago

    I had a good time there last night getting high and drunk… I saw a guy walk off with the ladies purse that was on the back of her chair while she was laughing and drinking. No one did anything about it. I certainly didn’t.

    SMH
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    1 month ago

    David Cooley, the guy who told his go go dancers “Talk to customers on your break! Oh and you are all getting a pay cut!” They went on strike! David Cooley, the guy who told his barbacks at The Chapel to steal people’s drinks from them the minute they put them down and are not looking! David Cooley, who went years not telling his patrons of the risk of pickpockets at the Abbey because he would rather they be victims than the abbey get a bad rep. I would say he was two faced, but with so much plastic surgery, just… Read more »

    Steve Martin
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    1 month ago

    David Cooley combined creative genius with a love of West Hollywood to create one of Boys’ Town’s most iconic venues. With Tristan I am sure the Abbey will have a long future.

    Marc Edward skincare
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    1 month ago

    That was very touching and david certainly became a huge success congratulations and best of luck to him !!!!

    Jackie
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    Reply to  Marc Edward skincare
    1 month ago

    Do you know how many women this guy has roofied? Hundreds of women are coming forward. The bartenders are part of it.

    Bonita LaPeer
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    Reply to  Jackie
    1 month ago

    Oh puhlease. Online slander battalion. Show me the documented police report and ER records….proof.

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