On Saturday, August 13, 2011, the Valentine Richmond History Center presents its third annual Lesbian and Gay History Bus Tour. Leading up to the event, GayRVA.com will feature vintage photos from Beth Marshack’s “Lesbian & Gay Richmond” mirrored with images of the city today.
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Then: Rathskellers and The Dialtone
Located at 3526 West Cary Street, Rathskellers restaurant and bar was owned by Robert Gene Baldwin. In March 1969, the restaurant had to close its doors because the ABC board claimed that the venue “served too many gays.” The closing of Rathskellers provoked one of the largest open protests against anti-gay action. In 1975, the building became Dialtone, another restaurant that catered to the gay community. It was owned, operated, managed and controlled by Leo Joseph Koury. Years later, Koury sold it to a man named James Locklan Hilliard Jr. Dialtone was then renamed J. Danhill Restaurant in September 1976.
Situated on the plot of land the once held these restaurants is now the Ukrop’s Bakery. In 1976, Ukrop’s Super Markets purchased Dot’s Pastry Shop which was a well known bakery in Richmond at the time. For years, Ukrop’s created pastries under the name of Dot’s Pastry Shops but eventually changed it to Ukrop’s Bakery. In 2009, the Ukrops family sold their stores to Giant-Carlisle. Currently, Martin’s resides in the old Ukrop’s building on Cary Street. Although Ukrop’s Super Markets no longer exists, Ukrop’s Homestyle Foods still sell fresh baked goods and deli items in Martin’s.
Photos from “Lesbian & Gay Richmond” & Gillan Ludlow.