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Historic Gay Landmark to Go Gastro Pub?

The Sunset Boulevard bar once known as The Black Cat Tavern closed its doors early Tuesday for the last time, according to the bar's Facebook page.

Le Barcito called it quits Monday night with one last party for Halloween.

The bar is closing, according to its Facebook page.

With it goes the dwindling physical evidence of Silver Lake and Sunset Junction's gay and lesbian history.

GASTRO PUB RUMORED FOR THE SPACE

The closing event attracted long-time customers as well as first-timers wanting to get a final brush with history.

What will replace Le Barcito at 3909 Sunset Blvd. is still unconfirmed.

EaterLA reported several months ago that a second location of the Melrose Avenue gastro pub and brew bar The Village Idiot will take over the space.

That could mean some heavy compeititon for , just down the street.

BARCITO WAS SITE OF BLACK CAT TAVERN

Barcito was once the site of the Black Cat Tavern, where a riot against police broke out on the night of New Year's 1967.

Police were enforcing anti-vice laws and arrested several gay patrons who were kissing.

The event pre-dated New York City's Stonewall riots by several years, and earned the Black Cat Tavern a designation as a cultural landmark.

The Black Cat Tavern was part of a center of gay nightlife that pre-dated the West Hollywood scene by decades.

As Le Barcito, it was one of the few remaining gay bars in the Sunset Junction area, serving a largely Latino clientele.

Read more about Le Barcito's closing in Shewired.com here.

And read the Eastsider's piece on the closing here.

We'll have video of some of the final performances at Le Barcito Monday night. So check back.

Barry Barry November 01, 2011 at 06:34 PM
What is especially sad about this happening is that the bar, since the 60's, has been operating as a gay bar that has an incredible root in the gay rights movement. I'm really surprised the community let this one go so easily...No fund raising (if indeed the issue was $$$) or out reach so that the bar can change hands to someone who cares out LA history and would preserve the establishment for the dwindling gay community in Silverlake...The bar itself was deemed a Historical Monument in 2008. What a shame this happened.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 01, 2011 at 06:56 PM
Yes, perhaps someone will take advantage of this history with a gallery of historic images a la the Edendale Grill at the new restaurant.
James November 01, 2011 at 07:35 PM
A fun to read book is "Gay Letters From Millicent to Maude". One of the co-authors has retained letters from 1953-1958 from his friend who wrote very funny letters under the alter-ego name Millicent. It also provides interesting footnotes about people and events of the 1950's. Available at Amazon and QTrading Company (Palm Springs).
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 02, 2011 at 03:28 AM
@ James Thanks for the rec.
robert November 02, 2011 at 04:39 AM
Sad to see a landmark like that go, but Silver Lake sorely lacks a decent beer spot. Good is the worst gastropub/beer bar/thing ever.
Barry Barry November 02, 2011 at 04:53 AM
I really don't think Silverlake is lacking because there is no trendy gastropub or 'beer' spot. there are plenty of bars with tap beer...Have you been to Red Lion? Barbarella? And there are plenty more all over town.
Anthea Raymond (Editor) November 03, 2011 at 05:27 AM
This is an interesting follow piece from LAist that quotes one of our comments by Rob Roberts: http://laist.com/2011/11/02/le_barcito_closes_and_there_goes_th.php

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