History of Gay and Lesbian Life in Milwaukee, Wisconsin - Businesses - Restaurants

Loop Cafe
Location: 601 N. 5th Street (at Michigan), Milwaukee


late 1960s

Restaurant/ early meeting place



People recall the Loop as being on the northwest corner of either 4th + Michigan or 5th + Michigan. (Best information is that it was at 5th and Michigan, later to be the site of the New Yorker Lounge and then the Lib Bookstore.) It was straight during the day, but more inclined toward gay clientele at night; great hamburgers. Lots of sailors and drag queens. Female impersonator Jamie; Delmar (Raymond Neil), Jeff Page.)

More information about this business is welcomed from anyone who can contribute it.

Recollections: The following are recollections of others who have been kind enough to submit their personal memories to the webmaster. You are welcome to do the same! (Recollections collected and organized by Jamie Taylor.)

         --------   D.H. Cass Magnuski recalls:
    “The Loop was a hamburger joint where underage kids used to hang out at 3 a.m. waiting for the bar crowd. It was the only way we could meet people. Horrible food… absolutely packed. It was there during the late 60s.”

Listings in early "Gay Guides":
(For more information on the Guides, click here.)

1966 Bob Damron's Address Book
    Publisher note
1966 International Guild Guide
    Title pg   Editors note
1967 International Guild Guide
    Title pg
1968 Bob Damron's Address Book
    Title pg   Editors note   Codes
1969 International Guild Guide
    Title pg   Editors note   Codes
1970 Bob Damron's Address Book
1971 Bob Damron's Address Book
    Title pg   Codes

Photo of bldg about to be torn down, late 1986
(had been the Lib Bookstore most recently)
(phoot by Don Schwamb)

Credits: Recollections collected and organized by Jamie Taylor.
Website concept, design and arrangement by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: Jan-2017.