Allan Spear at the New Riverside Cafe, Minneapolis, 1972 (photo by Bruce Goldstein)
Spear was one of the nation’s first openly gay politicians and served almost 30 years in the Minnesota State Senate. (In 1972, he had yet to come out publicly.) The New Riverside Cafe, at the corner of Cedar and Riverside on the West Bank, was Minneapolis’s first full-service vegetarian restaurant and one of the city’s foremost collectivist institutions. You could approximate this view today by standing just inside the entrance of Acadia Cafe. In the background, of course, is the under-construction Cedar Square West, now known as Riverside Plaza.
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Allan Spear at the New Riverside Cafe, Minneapolis, 1972 (photo by Bruce Goldstein)

Spear was one of the nation’s first openly gay politicians and served almost 30 years in the Minnesota State Senate. (In 1972, he had yet to come out publicly.) The New Riverside Cafe, at the corner of Cedar and Riverside on the West Bank, was Minneapolis’s first full-service vegetarian restaurant and one of the city’s foremost collectivist institutions. You could approximate this view today by standing just inside the entrance of Acadia Cafe. In the background, of course, is the under-construction Cedar Square West, now known as Riverside Plaza.

Photo via Minnesota Historical Society