Tuesday, September 1, 2009

La Rosa's - Detroit Michigan (Gay bar)

La Rosa's was located at 731 Bates in Detroit. Bob Damron's 1968 guide book shows that it was "Rough Trade" If you know anything about this bar, please post. Also photos if you have them.

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  1. I remember, back in the early 1970's, some old queens talking about this bar. I don't think it survived into the post Christopher Street era.

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  2. This was one of the main bars in Detroit's old gay area around the corner of Bates and Farmer, which grew out of the gay scene around Frame's Tea Shop during the prohibition years. When Detroit became something of a gay mecca during WWII, there was La Rosa's, the Rio Grande, and the Sliver Dollar in this area. There was a big drag scene then, and a big Halloween party in the streets every year until there was some trouble in the late '60s and it was shut down. La Rosa's was the last surviving gay bar there (I remember it being there when I was a kid, and seeing tough looking characters hanging out in front) and it closed, and the building was torn down, sometime in the early '70s.

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    1. The bar was never shut down.When Jimmy died his wife mary took over until she decided to close it in the mid 70...

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  3. My Grandfather John La Rosa and his brothers owned the La Rosa bar.

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  4. My Grandfather John La Rosa and his brothers owned the La Rosa bar.

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  5. Jimmy LaRosa owned the bar. He carried a handgun regularly. Lived across the street from me.

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  6. Yes... Uncle Jimmy always had his .38 special with him.

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  7. Yes... Uncle Jimmy always had his .38 special with him.

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