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Actor Brian Batt, he of closeted gay Sal Romano fame on Mad Men who was wickedly Lee Garner Jr.-ed in Season 3, is spending his down time while the show is on hiatus working in his home decor/gift shop on Magazine St. in New Orleans.

Batt, who is openly gay in “real life,” said of the Crescent City:

“New Orleans will always be home,” he said. “It’s so unique. I think it’s not like any other city in the world. We have our own food, our own music, our own way of life.”

He appreciates that the city’s history has been so well-preserved.

“A lot of cities have lost their uniqueness,” he said. “That hasn’t happened here.”