Motorkat Drag Brunch Canceled by Bomb Threat

Motorkat in Takoma Park was targeted with a bomb threat Saturday morning in response to a scheduled drag brunch and story time event.

Takoma Park Police and a bomb squad quickly responded to the emailed bomb threat, ensuring the safety of patrons and staff, according to NBC Washington. “The planned drag brunch and drag story time events were designed to be inclusive gatherings promoting positivity and acceptance,” Motorkat said in a press release. “Unfortunately, this incident demonstrates that hate and discrimination continue to persist in our society.”

Police have confirmed that a thorough search of the 6900 block of Laurel Ave. did not uncover any credible threats in the area. They expressed gratitude to neighboring law enforcement agencies for their assistance.

“After careful examination and diligent efforts by our officers and detectives, as well as surrounding law enforcement and fire department partners, we can confirm that there is no credible threat in the area,” police spokesperson Cathy Plevy said. “We extend our sincere appreciation to Montgomery County Fire and Explosives, Montgomery County Police K9, Rockville City Police K9, Prince George’s County Sheriff’s Department K9, [and the] Metropolitan Police Department for their support and expertise during this incident. Their professionalism and dedication were instrumental in the resolution of this matter, and we are grateful for the seamless coordination between our organizations.”

The restaurant reopened after being given the all-clear by authorities; those with tickets to the canceled drag brunch will receive a full refund.

We have reopened and everyone is safe.

On Saturday, December 9th, the Takoma Police Dept. received an email that threatened the safety and well-being of the attendees at drag events at Motorkat.

We stand with the LGBTQ+ community and are determined to overcome this incident. Motorkat will continue to be a safe space for everyone. Thank you to our loyal patrons and the community for their continued support during this difficult time. We love you! ❤️

17 surrounding businesses were also closed during the bomb threat investigation, according to Main Street Takoma. “The threat was determined to be a scare tactic only and all businesses have reopened, but lost a critical pre-holiday shopping/dining/service day which are so important to small businesses,” Laura Barclay said on Instagram.

Motorkat opened at 6939 Laurel Ave. in Takoma Park in May, taking over the former location of Republic.

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