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More details are emerging regarding the future of Hamburger Mary's, and bicyclists will be excited to hear about a new self-service repair station in town.

- Christiana Lilly, Editor


Rumors Surround Hamburger Mary’s Future

By John Hayden

Rumors, the bar, once occupied the space where Hamburger Mary’s sits today. Now rumors surround the future of Hamburger Mary’s and another Wilton Manors hot spot.

OutSFL first reported that Hamburger Mary’s was for sale. Now, RE/Max says it’s under contract, but the buyer isn’t listed. Many people at the restaurant now tell OutSFL that it has been bought, and the sale should close this month.

This will also be the end of Hamburger Mary’s second iteration in Wilton Manors. Sources in the restaurant say the new owners don’t plan on keeping the franchise. Rosie’s across the street was a Hamburger Mary’s until 2006 when it decided to go independent and forego punishing franchise fees.

This version of the restaurant has had trouble from the start. First, they rushed to open in time for Pride 2021. The menu is limited compared to other stores in the franchise. They don’t serve lunch and are, generally, only busy during shows or special events.

No official announcement has been made and employees, who spoke with OutSFL anonymously in order to speak freely, say there is no hint of a potential closing date.

As for who will take the spot, OutSFL hasn’t been able to confirm rumors flying around the city. However, several sources close to the transaction say an existing bar wants to move to The Drive.

OutSFL will continue to update this story as details are verified.



Bike Repair Station Comes to Wilton Drive

The bike repair station is self-serve for any bicyclists in the area. The station provides a tool set including screwdrivers, pedal and cone wrenches, a hex key set and tire levers.

Suspect Shot, Killed by Deputies in Oakland Park Identified

The man who was shot and killed by Broward Sheriff’s Office deputies on Wednesday afternoon in Oakland Park after a standoff has been identified as 51-year-old Alexander Staal.


Stonewall Fest is in Debt

“I’ll tell you right now: Stonewall Parade and Festival was never, ever in doubt in the city of Wilton Manors.” Those were the words of Mayor Scott Newton after an hour of debate over the future of the Stonewall Parade & Street Festival.

Weekly Events

TODAY: GFLGLCC January Mixer

The Greater Fort Lauderdale LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce hosts its first mixer of the year at Hunters in Wilton Manors.

WED: Climb for a Cause

Jack & Jill Center's Young Professionals network event is a evening of rock climbing at Project Rock, benefiting the charity's children and families.

THURS: "Which Way to the Stage"

In the newest play at Island City Stage, Broadway superfans Jeff and Judy wait for their idol Idina Menzel after her performance at the stage door every night. Then, a sexy stranger upends their decades-long friendship.

FRI: Tom Goss

The Sunshine Cathedral Center for the Performing Arts hosts singer-songwriter Tom Goss.

SAT: Wilton Onesie Wonderland

In its fourth year, Lit hosts a onesie party to benefit Lantera, a mental health awareness nonprofit.

SUN: Farmers and Artisan Market

Eat, drink and shop local at the MASS District in Fort Lauderdale with Sunnyside Up Market. Plus, mimosas and coffee, pet adoptions, and goods from Farmer Jenn.

Job Opportunities

Construction Worker -- Oakland Park

Elit Construction is hiring a construction worker with three to five years of experience and expertise in one of the following: roofing, drywalling, plumbing, electrician, carpenter, tiling and painting.

Pharmacy Technician -- Pompano Beach

Walgreens is hiring a pharmacy technician to assist the pharmacist and conduct duties in the department such as obtaining patient and drug information and processing prescriptions.

Meet Your Neighbor

Brenden Sanborn is an Oakland Park-based artist who is shifting his artistic focus after almost 18 years of focusing on watercolor male figures. 

“I haven't really published a lot of my newest stuff, but I'm getting a little deeper into my own artistic psyche, I guess you could say,” Sanborn said. “I'm starting to paint more images that are a collection of life events from myself.” 

He reflected on what has drawn him to watercolor. 

“I mostly focused on the male figure in watercolor in particular because I think that the medium is not really -- I don't want to say respected, because I think it is, but it's not really taken as seriously as oils or acrylics,” Sanborn said. “I've really tried to focus on watercolor to prove everyone wrong.” 

The artist is involved in several community organizations such as HOTspots, Broward Art Guild, and Wilton Art. His work can be viewed at

Mike's Deal

Unlock a $50 hotel credit when you ride on the Brightline! During your next train ride, take advantage of hotel credit to participating Marriott Bonvoy hotels for $50 credit for food and drink purchases during your stay.

Must book by March 31, 2024.


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