Laid-off workers are occupying one of the world's most famous literary gathering spots and say they won't leave until they get paid.

The Cafe Richmond in Buenos Aires, a favored gathering place for author Jorge Luis Borges and other intellectuals, is now gone.

Opened in 1917,  it became a hang-out for world famous intellectuals as well as chess players. But the elegant cafe lost much of its luster, and most of the tourists crowding Florida Street don't know its history.

Waiters showed up Monday to find the cafe closed down. The owners reportedly plan to rent it out for a Nike store, and have already cleared out all the furniture and historic artifacts.

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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