Maingate Nightclub closing with hopes to reopen in 2020
Dominic Germano, owner of Allentown’s Maingate Nightclub announced his decision on Facebook last week to voluntarily close the nightclub located at 448 North 17th Street at the end of November.
This will be the second time that the nightclub will close in the last three years. The first time it closed was in June of 2016 according to an article in the Morning Call.
To avoid more damage to the liquor license and exposure to additional noise citations, Dominic announced that he is voluntarily closing the nightclub while seeking relief and a possible solution to the noise problems with the PA Liquor Control Board. He said that he will be working on obtaining a noise exemption from the City of Allentown.
He said, the good news is there seems to be a fair amount of support in Allentown City government to pass a resolution for a noise exemption that would also then need to be approved by the State of Pennsylvania and the LCB.
As a second generation owner/operator, closing the nightclub is a huge loss to Dominic he said. He’s practically spent his whole life there. It’s a loss to not only his family, but the community.
For nearly 40 years, the Maingate Nightclub in Allentown has brought in numerous musical acts as well as DJ’s and other entertainment.
He also stated that this past year has been rough professionally being that he was shot on the job in July and now has made the executive decision to close the nightclub.
Dominic thanks the community for their love and suport and asks that you share his story with others:
Dominic said he is very grateful for all the love and the support the Lehigh Valley has shown him and his family since 1980 and is asking that you share this story to help with the cause to obtain a noise exemption and help muster community support to help pass this resolution so that the nightclub can celebrate their 40th year in business in 2020.
A Closing Party “Our Last Flex” (for now) will be held on November 30th at the nightclub. It will feature New York City radio station Hot 97′s DJ Funk Flex.