SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s oldest gay bar, The Stud, is closing its doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the venue’s Facebook page and news reports.
“We want to let you know that we are not reopening our location at 399 9th St.,” the bar said in a Facebook post Wednesday night.
According to the post, more details about the closure will be announced at a news conference Thursday.
The cooperatively owned LGBT venue first opened in 1966, and over the years has featured such queer icons as RuPaul, Lady Gaga and Charo, according to the bar’s website.
The bar’s owners sounded a hopeful note when shelter-in-place orders first forced it to temporarily close.
“We’ve survived homophobia, anti-gay police violence, earthquakes, riots, eviction, the AIDS epidemic, the dot-com era, and hyper-gentrification,” its website said, “and we’re going to survive this too.”
And it’s possible the bar could reopen somewhere else. Honey Mahogany, one of the owners, told KQED that all 18 owners are committed to finding a new location.
“Everyone who is an owner feels strongly this is not the end of The Stud,” Mahogany told the news outlet.
The coronavirus has claimed other celebrated Bay Area venues, including the Saddle Rack in Fremont. Earlier this month, the 44-year-old country music club announced it had not found a way to safely reopen and would close its doors for good.
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Coronavirus claims San Francisco’s oldest gay bar