SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – San Francisco’s oldest gay bar The Stud announced Wednesday it’s closing its doors for good due to lack of revenue as a result of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Despite a fundraiser and weekly online drag shows, the historic bar at 399 Ninth St. was unable to stay afloat and will close permanently after 55 years.

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Honey Mahogany, one of the co-owners, said, “It was a very difficult decision to make.”

She added, however, there’s still a chance the bar can find a new home and reopen its doors in the future.

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The Stud plans to hold a “drag funeral” on May 31 to honor the bar and its legacy.

On Thursday at 2 p.m., Supervisor Matt Haney and state Sen. Scott Weiner (D-San Francisco), will join Mahogany and the bar’s other owners, Vivianne Forevermore! and Rachel Ryan to discuss the closure and provide more details about the upcoming funeral.


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