Just having a restaurant gets dull, according to the Beltons, which is partly why they decided to establish the lounge. The owners see the Attic, available for rent during the week, as a way to differentiate Flavor from its competition. They also saw a gap in the market. With the closings of queer spaces such as Club Hippo, Coconuts, Gallagher's, and Port in a Storm, the Beltons worried that LGBTQ nightlife was dying in Baltimore—particularly in Mount Vernon, which has long been considered this city's "gayborhood." Although a handful of Baltimore bars host recurring events geared toward the LGBT community, the Beltons wanted to provide an upscale lounge for the queer community that could consistently serve as a safe space throughout the week.