On several occasions in the past, you’ve seen me talk up a certain business located at 924 Williamson Street here in Madison. From 2009 until early 2019, it was known as the LGBT+ nightclub Plan B. One year ago, however, Plan B faced the brunt of deserved criticism, starting from restricting drag performers’ needed access to backstage dressing areas, and exploding to reports of serving underage patrons, sexual misconduct by ownership, and staff treatment of customers, including patrons of color. It led to a change in not only ownership but in name, with the club becoming Prism after a 2-week remodeling.
Unfortunately, the club’s identity as Prism would be short-lived: Last fall, its principal owner decided to close up shop, citing Madison’s competitive nightlife landscape, the increased acceptance of LGBT+ people by other establishments, and issues with building ownership. After Prism had its big closing bash last November 9, the employees, clientele, and performers went their separate ways, moving to other spots where they can drink, dine, dance, perform, and be themselves without judgement.