The Loop Cafe is listed in several national 'Gay Bar Guides' from 1966 to 1971, suggesting it was open from about 1965 or earlier, to 1970 or 1971. No local references have yet been located.
The photo to the right is the only one known of both the site of the Loop Cafe (the first business on the left with the sign "FINE FOOD"), and the New Yorker gay bar (next door with the "Blatz" sign: 605 N. 5th St.). The large hotel beyond with the sign "Sheraton-Schroeder" was so-named from 1965-1971. It was bought in 1972 by the Marcus Corporation, and renamed the Marc Plaza. As of 2015, it is the Milwaukee Hilton.
The New Yorker, according to the site was only open in 1971, so this photograph was likely taken sometime in warm weather 1971.
More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.
Credits: contents, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Narrative and Photo courtesy of Michail Takach.
National gay guide research by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: February-2016.