By the way -- what used to be "The Boom" on the East Bank is now "The Bulldog", same floor plan, but now a "regular" sports bar. I told the waitress that in Washington DC "Nellie's" really works as a gay sports bar. But I ate my last dinner at The Boom on Aug. 23, 2003 before leaving The Churchill Apts for good Aug. 24, 2003 to return to DC for family reasons. It was a sad drive back.
The "Ground Zero", where weird SM shows (including straight) used to happen, as well as "The Front", with its archeology museum, appear to still be there.
By the way, it looked as though Shinders, the wonderful newsstand about a block from The Saloon across Hennepin, is closed. I loved that place, finding all those books there by Noam Chomsky after 9/11.
Below: The Gay 90s on Hennepin (2002 Gay Pride Parade):