Buddies gay bar in Midtown apparently closes after owner’s death in April house explosion

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A well known Midtown bar has apparently closed after the tragic death of its owner this spring.

Melvin ‘Lee” Mecker died in April in a house explosion near E 15th Terrace and Fremont Avenue.

Buddies KC

Now, the popular bar Mecker owned has apparently closed. Buddies KC has a padlock on the door and a sign up indicating the property is for lease.

Mecker’s body was pulled from the rubble of the explosion April 10.

Kansas City police continue to investigate, but they haven’t released a cause for the explosion or a cause of death for Mecker.

Melvin “Lee” Mecker

Melinda Hudgens first met Mecker nearly 35 years ago. She described her friend as a kind, loving man who always wanted to lend a helping hand.

“If you needed a hand out and he could do it, he would do it for you. He was a really great guy,” Hudgens said.

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