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After 71 Years, Nation’s Oldest Gay Bar Shuts Down

Happy Pride: The country’s oldest gay bar is closing! Though I feel like a dozen bars in the U.S. claim to be the nation’s most senior, the Cedar Brook Café in Westport, Connecticut, is shutting down on June 26 after 71 years of serving scotches and cosmos to the moneyed classes, and that seems like a long enough time to take the title. (It opened in 1939? As a gay bar?) Clem Bellairs, who’s owned the place for a dozen years, explains the shuttering: “The landlord died and the people who bought it doubled my rent. I can’t afford it anymore.” It’ll probably become a Starbucks.