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Coffeeshop Downtown now also closed

by Editorial Staff in Nightlife & Reports , 26 februari 2011

From the first of January 2011 Coffeeshop Downtown closed its doors.

This was the smallest and last of the total range of gay businesses that brought the Reguliersdwarsstraat fame for decades. Downtown never had anything to do with selling marihuana, it has always been a classic coffeeshop and lunchroom. Like all the other big gay places in the street, Downtown was the property of café/restaurant tycoon Sjoerd Kooistra.

After his death the umbrella company Plassania went bankrupt and stopped paying the rent to the owner of the building. The owner ordered the business out so they were forced to close down. The expectation is that they’ll soon start looking for a new tenant for the place.

In April last year Coffeeshop Downtown celebrated its 40th anniversary. After the opening in 1970, it soon became the first openly gay place in Amsterdam, a place without heavy curtains or a doorman at the entrance. From 1980 it was from this little business the events started that made the Reguliersdwarsstraat into a world-famous gay nightlife hotspot for a long time.



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