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Chamber Member Profile: Troupe429

July 3, 2018

There’s a new welcoming bar in Norwalk – a safe space of inclusivity and acceptance for the LGBTQ community and beyond, Troupe429. The gay-owned & operated bar and performance space is located in a street-level, historic building at 3 Wall Street in Norwalk. The bar has offerings like Happy Hour specialty cocktails and a variety of craft beers, video games, beer pong, karaoke, DJs & dancing.  In addition, there are special events such as weekly drag queen shows, original art & musical showcases, movie screenings and drag queen BINGO.

Troupe429 was opened seven months ago by Casey Fitzpatrick & Nicholas Ruiz in large part in response to the Orlando Pulse nightclub shooting. “The morning after the Orlando Pulse terrorist attack we were overwhelmed with deep heartbreak and anger. We made the decision that morning to someday open a LGBTQ bar and it became our full time focus,” says Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick, who grew up in Fairfield County, watched as two of the oldest “gay bars” in the country closed within the last eight years. Cedar Brook Café in Westport, America’s oldest continuously operated “gay bar,” closed in 2010 after 71 years. Triangles Café in Danbury closed in 2014 after 30+ years in business. “It was devastating for the LGBTQ community in Fairfield County to lose these beloved venues,” says Fitzpatrick.  “We wanted to create a new space for our community to call home – a place for new memories and the next chapter in our LGBTQ history. Troupe429: LGBTQ Bar & Performance space is currently the only gay-owned bar for the LGBTQ community between Manhattan and New Haven.”

Fitzpatrick says that the original idea for Troupe429 started in 2016 as a pop-up party in an underground Italian restaurant beneath The Mayfair Hotel in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. “Folks gathered to dust off our Nintendo64 for Mario Kart races, catch up with friends over games and coloring books, bop to throwback tunes, enjoy artisan rainbow JELL-O shots and homemade s’more cookies, and be themselves in a welcoming and safe space.”  And the name? The “4-2-9” symbolizes “G-A-Y” on a telephone keypad. The name also derives from “Troop” which is a homage to the cult classic film, “Troop Beverly Hills.”

Troupe429 has welcomed guests from as far as Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York City, but its regulars come from Fairfield County and surrounding areas, particularly New Haven & Westchester Counties.

If you’re looking for a place to relax and celebrate life with a group of like-minded people, entertainers, and creatives, visit Troupe429. They are open seven days a week. For more information visit Troupe429.com. Follow them on Facebook: Facebook.com/Troupe429, Twitter: Twitter.com/Troupe429 and Instagram: Instagram.com/Troupe429.