LA’s Redline bar is in the red when it comes to COVID debt

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The Redline bar is back in business, but it’s trying to pay back a mountain of debt accumulated after 15 months of pandemic closures. Photo by Danielle Chiriguayo/KCRW.

The nightlife is hopping at downtown LA gay bar Redline, but its owner is staring down almost half a million dollars in debt, and he’s not alone. 

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Maurice Harris says he and his brother and business partner have been able to save Bloom & Plume, their floral shop and cafe, to the point where they’re no longer in debt.