Can landlords ban tenants from opening gay bars?

Can landlords ban tenants from opening gay bars?

A Brooklyn bar owner says he’s going “straight” out of business — because his landlord won’t let him turn his watering hole into a gay bar.

John McGillion says he wants to transform Lulu’s to take advantage of a growing gay and lesbian community in the neighborhood.

But there’s just one problem: his lease specifically prohibits McGillion from running a gay bar.

“I am barely scraping by on the proceeds of the bar . . . If I am permitted to operate a gay bar at the premises I believe that I will be able to make a considerable profit,” McGillion said in Brooklyn Supreme Court papers filed last week.

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Greenpoint was up and coming when John McGillion opened Lulu’s back in 2005, just a block from the East River.

He added two mezzanine levels and “put a lot of money” into the business, McGillion said.

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