A gay bar in the U.K. has been saved after it was sold for less money because the new owner understood the importance of keeping its doors open to the community. Debbie Law told the Nottingham Post she sold The New Foresters in Nottingham to Brent Foster, confident he knew the bar was also a much-needed safe space for the community and would keep it alive.
"I turned down some offers at the full asking price,” Law told the Nottingham Post last week. “I could have sold this within one week but I turned it down because they wanted to turn it into a restaurant or a student bar because it's an ideal position.”
The local pub on St. Ann’s Street has operated as an LGBTQ+ venue since 1958, and Law has run the place for the last twenty years. New owner Foster told the Nottingham Post the establishment held special significance to him as the “place that I came to when I first came out as gay” around 10 years ago. When he learned the bar was up for sale and possibly at risk, he knew he had to act not just for himself, but also for the community.
“I realized, in my heart, that I couldn't let this place go,” he told the Nottingham Poston Monday. “This pub is a huge part of my heart and I have every intention of making it move forward to make sure Nottingham still has a place for the LGBT+ community to go.”