Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 41 / 12 October 2017
 

[Update]: SF Eagle owners announce reopening

eagle logo[Update Friday, March 1]: SF Eagle owners Mike Leon and Alex Montiel posted on Facebook today, “As of this afternoon, we have officially passed our final inspection, and we are happy, proud and excited” to announce that the bar will open for business at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 2.

“It has been a long journey to get us to where we are today, but we know that we could not have done it without you, our amazing community, who have stood by us from the beginning,” the two said in their message.

It appears it could be some time before they can have too much of a party on the patio, though.

Entertainment Commission Executive Director Jocelyn Kane said today that to have amplified sound such as a DJ or live band on the patio, the bar has to have a sound permit, which Leon and Montiel haven’t yet applied for.

They could still have people on the patio without the permit, but that’s not something Kane’s commission oversees.

The entertainment permit, which would cover the bar’s interior, is separate from the sound permit.

Kane said she doesn’t really have any concerns about the bar.

“I don’t keep up with the gossip about our applicants,” she said. “I don’t know exactly why there would be a concern at this point.”

She couldn’t predict exactly when the entertainment permit would go into effect. It depends on when they get sign-offs from the various city departments.

On the inside of the bar, they could have a jukebox or piped-in music without the entertainment permit. It’s not clear if they could also have that kind of music outside without a permit. Kane didn’t respond to requests for a follow-up interview late Friday.

Planning Department spokeswoman Joanna Linsangan said in an email,We signed off on the health permit this week. Theoretically the bar could reopen when the owners wanted to, because they didn’t request a change of use under the planning code.” [End update].

An owner of the SF Eagle tavern is set to appear before the San Francisco Entertainment Commission Tuesday, March 5 to discuss getting a permit from the oversight panel.

The legendary leather bar, at 398 12th Street, has been shuttered since April 2011.  New owners Mike Leon and Alex Montiel announced in September that they planned to bring the South of Market tavern back, but no reopening date’s been announced.

Glendon Hyde, better known by his drag persona Anna Conda, plans to relaunch his Charlie Horse drag show at the bar April 6.

In an interview today (Thursday, February 28), Hyde, an entertainment commissioner, expressed confidence the Eagle would be back in business in plenty of time for the show, which he used to do at the Cinch Saloon on Polk Street.

“They are extremely, extremely close, I know,” Hyde said of the Eagle. “It should be open within the next two weeks, if not sooner.”

Leon, who’s expected to appear before the commission, and Montiel couldn’t be reached late Thursday.

Two organizations recently announced fundraisers at the bar, but had to cancel them because the space wasn’t ready.  The San Francisco Bay Area Leather Alliance is trying its luck with a “victory beer bust” at the Eagle planned for Sunday, March 3, according to the nonprofit’s website. Emails to the alliance didn’t get a response Thursday afternoon.

Hyde doesn’t think there’s much work left to do other than getting staff from city agencies, including planning and fire, to sign off on work that’s been done at the bar.

Getting the tavern ready has been “more expensive than anyone realized,” he said.

“I think the building was in terrible, terrible shape,” Hyde said. “There was a lot to do.”

Additionally, he said, “With anyone opening a small business, there are just so many people who can retard the progress,” such as when a city investigator wanted to continue an examination of the roof, which the bar’s owners recently rebuilt.

The bar’s owners are also facing a lawsuit from a real estate consultant who says they owe her thousands of dollars, but it’s not clear if the case is having an impact on when he Eagle will reopen.

Hyde, who talks to Leon and Montiel about once a week, hasn’t seen the inside of the bar recently.

“I purposely am staying away,” he said. “I just want to see it when it opens.”

The commissioner is recusing himself from the vote on the Eagle. He’s been involved with trying to reopen the bar as a gay space since it shut down almost two years ago, before he was even a member of the entertainment panel.

“There’s no way I could vote” on the bar’s permit, Hyde said.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. at Room 416, City Hall,  1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 28, 2013 @ 7:40 pm PST
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SF mayor names Katy Tang as new D4 supervisor

Mayor Ed Lee this morning (Tuesday, February 26) named Katy Tang as the new District 4 supervisor representing the Sunset and Parkside neighborhoods.

Tang will succeed her boss, Supervisor Carmen Chu, who as of tomorrow – Wednesday, February 27 – will be sworn in as San Francisco’s newest Assessor-Recorder. Lee had announced earlier this month his widely expected decision to name Chu to fill the vacancy created by former assessor Phil Ting’s election to the state Assembly in November.

When Ting stepped down in December, he had named his deputy assessor Zoon Nguyen to serve as acting assessor-recorder. Nguyen, an out lesbian, told the Bay Area Reporter in December that she did not plan to seek election this fall to the citywide position.

ShowImageBoth Chu (seen at left) and Tang will be required to seek election this November to serve out the remainder of the terms, which expire in January of 2015. Contests for full four-year terms for assessor and D4 supervisor will take place on the November 2014 ballot.

Based on the track record of past Lee appointments, the two women could be facing uphill climbs at the ballot box. Both appointed District 5 Supervisor Christina Olague, the first bisexual to serve on the board, and appointed City College trustee Rodrigo Santos failed to win election to full terms last fall.

Tang has served as Chu’s legislative aide for the last five years. She helped craft legislation to create Neighborhood Commercial Districts for District 4 business corridors, increase protections for victims of domestic violence, streamline the city contracting processes, and increase penalties for crimes committed in and around public transit.

Tang, 29, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the UC Davis. A graduate of Lowell High School, she speaks Mandarin and had served in former Mayor Gavin Newsom’s administration in the Office of Public Policy and Finance.

In a press release announcing his decision, Lee predicted that Tang would provide a seamless transition as she is already well versed in the needs of the residents of the district.

“As a lifelong resident of the district who has worked alongside Carmen Chu on all the key projects and concerns facing the district, I know Katy will be a strong advocate for the district’s families and small businesses and be a great supervisor for San Francisco,” stated Lee.

 

— Matthew S. Bajko, February 26, 2013 @ 12:12 pm PST
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SF seeks more parklets

People playing a game of dominoes in Jane Warner Plaza are undisturbed by a passing MUNI F line streetcar. (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

People playing a game of dominoes in Jane Warner Plaza are undisturbed by a passing MUNI F line streetcar. (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

The San Francisco Planning Department is encouraging merchants, community groups, and property owners hoping to get parklets in their neighborhoods to submit proposals for more small parks.

“We are thrilled to expand the ever-popular parklet program so that more people can enjoy the use of these public spaces in their neighborhoods,” Planning Director John Rahaim said in a news release issued today (Thursday, February 21). “We are committed to providing more public spaces that promote healthier living and increase the vitality of our neighborhoods.”

So far, 38 parklets have been built around the city. Jane Warner Plaza, at Market and Castro streets, was the first. The outdoor space, which includes a few tables and chairs, has become a popular spot since it debuted as a temporary parklet in 2009. The park is named for Jane Warner, an out lesbian who was affectionately known as “Officer Jane” around the Castro and other neighborhoods she patrolled. Warner was 53 when she died of ovarian cancer in May 2010.

Since the last call for parklet proposals, the city has simplified the policies and procedures that govern the outdoor spaces, which often take over parking spaces and other patches of pavement. The city has also developed the San Francisco Parklet Manual, a comprehensive overview of goals and guidelines.

An open house is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. March 5 at the planning department’s office at 1650 Mission Street to provide more information to prospective applicants. Applications may be submitted via www.parklets.org by April 17.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 21, 2013 @ 5:38 pm PST
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Zoning height change for Fitness SF project approved

File Photo by Matt Baume

File Photo by Matt Baume

The owners of Fitness SF have the go ahead from planning commissioners to bring forward their plans to expand the Castro gym and add several floors of rental housing to its Market Street property.

The oversight panel voted 6-1 this afternoon (Thursday, February 21) to rezone the 2300 block of Market Street between Castro and Noe Streets in order to place the same building restrictions on it that the city adopted several years ago for the majority of the upper Market Street corridor.

The legislation included a greater height allowance that the owners of Fitness SF have sought for a number of years. Without it they contended the project would not be feasible.

The zoning legislation also included an allowance for making an off-site kitchen used by Cafe Flore a legal use. That part of the proposal received the majority of opposition.

Planning Commission Vice President Cindy Wu voted not to support the zoning package due to disagreeing with the solution that staff proposed to deal with Cafe Flore’s secondary kitchen.

Calls to split the two issues into separate pieces of legislation went unheeded by gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who was the main sponsor of the multifaceted amendment to the city’s planning codes.

In terms of extending the street zoning provisions to cover all of upper Market Street, Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association Vice President Erik Honda said his group opposed the changes at this time.

“We would prefer for the Fitness SF project to be submitted separately,” he said, though he added that  the group is “supportive of the plans we have seen.”

Wiener told the oversight panel that he saw no reason to postpone changing the height restrictions until Fitness SF sought approval for its building permit.

“Many properties have been up-zoned without knowing about the specific project that was going to happen there,” Wiener said.

Planning staffer Sophie Hayward told the commission there was “no reason to have two nearly identical districts” covering parts of the upper Market corridor.

No one from the Jackovics family, which owns the local Fitness SF chain, spoke at today’s hearing.

As the Bay Area Reporter has previously reported, since 2009 the family has sought to expand the building at 2301 Market Street at Noe. Their plans call for adding a third floor of gym space with an expanded women’s locker room and another two floors of rental housing.

But the initial attempt to raise the height limit for the property from 50 feet to 65 feet two years ago stalled at City Hall. Previously franchisees with the Gold’s Gym company, the project was further waylaid due to controversy over anti-gay donations made by the gym chain’s founder.

After splitting with Gold’s last fall when their contract expired, the Jackovics have returned their attention to the Castro location expansion project. It has received some initial support due to the family’s promise to include below-market rental units on site; it is expected to number 15 total units.

Although the height limit will be lifted to 65 feet, it is expected that the gym project will come in at 62 feet. The family will need to submit its plans and seek specific support for the project from the Planning Commission.

In a related matter, the family has signed a lease with the local franchisee of Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf to open one of the national chain’s cafes in a ground floor corner space at the Castro site. But planning staff have indicated they are unlikely to recommend approval for any formula retail permits at prominent intersections along upper Market Street.

 

 

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 4:52 pm PST
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Planning Commission approves Cafe Flore’s off-site kitchen

Thursday afternoon Planning Commissioners voted to legalize an off-site kitchen for Castro eatery Cafe Flore that the owner argues is vital for keeping his restaurant open.

Photo by Jane Philomen Cleland

Photo by Jane Philomen Cleland

The commission voted 6-1 after hearing from supporters of the business at 2298 Market Street and its owner, J. D. Petras, who told the oversight panel that the second kitchen space is “extremely important” for “the survival of Café Flore.”

He said that the kitchen on-site is too small with “no shelving or storage.” The kitchen across the street, he added, is used to make soup stocks and cut vegetables.

Several nearby merchants and residents spoke out in opposition to what they consider an unfair “spot zoning” benefit for a single business.

“Fundamentally, this is unfair to other businesses in the district,” said Ryan Patterson, who sits on the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association’s land use committee and is a land use attorney. “No other restaurant in the district would be allowed this use.”

The matter had the support of gay District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, who brought forward the zoning change. Under the legislation adopted today (Thursday, February 21) Petras will have one year to seek the required city permits for the off-site kitchen space.

“This will provide Cafe Flore with a path to legalize its off-site kitchen that has been at one location or another for decades,” said Wiener. “This is critical for the success of this iconic neighborhood business.”

Petras bought the eatery in 2002 and is no stranger to fighting with his Duboce Triangle neighbors over the business. In 2007 he faced opposition to his plans to go to 24-hour operation and seek changes to his alcohol license. He also faced push back when he added sidewalk seating along Noe Street.

The latest skirmish centers around an ancillary food preparation space his kitchen staff uses across the street behind a nail salon located at 260½ Noe Street. Once he acquires the necessary permits, the kitchen will go from being illegal to a “legal, non-conforming” use.

According to a letter Wiener sent to the leaders of DTNA and the Castro/Eureka Valley Neighborhood Association, which both opposed granting Cafe Flore use of the secondary kitchen, the former owners of the restaurant lived in the building across the street and had been using their personal kitchen to help with the commercial operation.

Petras purchased the 260½ unit in order to continue that arrangement, wrote Wiener in the letter. He added the the Department of Public Health has worked with him to upgrade the facility and bring it into compliance with food safety standards.

Despite the objections from the two neighborhood groups, planning commissioners saw no problem with granting specific zoning rules for Cafe Flore. It is something they routinely do, with one citing a recent vote to make a gay sober space, called the Castro Country Club, a legal use in a residential building on 18th Street.

Others said they wanted to support a moderate-priced restaurant, especially when others in the city have closed their doors due to rising business costs.

“It is only going to get worst,” said Commissioner Michael J. Antonini. “Whatever we can do to … keep a moderately priced business in business, where you can go to with a family when you don’t want to spend a lot of money and get good quality food, I am certainly in favor of.”

The lone dissenter, Commission Vice President Cindy Wu, voiced support for Cafe Flore’s desire to make the off-site kitchen a legal use but opposed the method planning staff used to achieve that goal.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 3:57 pm PST
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Ammiano proposes end to using condoms as evidence of prostitution

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (Photo: Jane Philomen Cleland)

Assemblyman Tom Ammiano (D-San Francisco) has introduced a bill that would prohibit condoms being used as evidence of prostitution.

Assembly Bill 336, which Ammiano introduced Wednesday, February 13, would end the practice by which police use the possession of one or more condoms as a factor in prostitution arrests and prosecution.

“The police have plenty of other criteria they can use in determining who should be arrested as a prostitute, but condoms are the only effective deterrent to the spread of HIV,” Ammiano said in a statement. “We have to encourage safe-sex practices, not frighten people into spreading disease.”

The bill would not prevent the police from identifying or arresting suspected prostitutes. Law enforcement could still use factors such as presence in known prostitution areas and approaching cars as evidence.

“They can still arrest people under the law,” Ammiano stated. “They would only be prevented from using as evidence the one thing that protects public health: condoms.”

In San Francisco, Police Chief Greg Suhr had been prepared to announce a permanent ban on condoms being used as evidence of prostitution. However, he delayed that move after District Attorney George Gascón extended a trial period during which condoms won’t be considered in prostitution cases. That decision means prosecutors could decide to again use condoms as evidence, though it appears they’ve used such evidence only rarely in the recent past.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi, who’s said he wants the ban to be permanent, eventually agreed to the extended trial period, so attorneys in his office won’t argue the absence of condoms indicates innocence.

The trial period is set to end in mid-April.

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation and the LA Gay and Lesbian Center are sponsoring AB 336.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 14, 2013 @ 1:19 pm PST
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Valentine’s Day marriage equality actions planned

For the 13th year in a row LGBT activists plan to use Thursday, February 14 to bring attention to the fight for marriage equality.

Marriage Equality USA and GetEqual leader Billy Bradford, left, and MEUSA leader Dennis Veite were detained and cited during the 2011 protest. (Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Marriage Equality USA and GetEqual leader Billy Bradford, left, and MEUSA leader Dennis Veite were detained and cited during the 2011 protest.
(Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Demonstrators will request marriage licenses from San Francisco’s city clerk inside City Hall at noon during what has become a Valentine’s Day ritual. Marriage Equality USA members plan to make similar requests at clerk offices around the country.

During the 2004 day of action in San Francisco the protesting couples were surprised to be greeted by city officials officiating same-sex weddings under the orders of then Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The actions during what became dubbed the “Winter of Love” sparked an international conversation about same-sex marriage. It also laid the groundwork for a series of court rulings and the voter amendment known as Proposition 8. In March the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case seeking to strike down California’s anti-gay marriage law.

“The struggle for marriage equality is a critical element in the broader movement for full equality under the law. Denying same-sex couples the freedom to marry undermines their dignity as human beings and excludes them from over 1,000 rights and protections under federal law,” stated Billy Bradford of Marriage Equality USA and GetEQUAL.

There will also be a Twitter-based action all day Thursday. The Respect for Marriage Coalition will be profiling the stories of same-sex couples from around the country on the social media platform using the hashtag #Time4Marriage.

The group is asking backers of marriage equality  to tweet their support by using the hashtag “on Valentine’s Day and every day.”

“Gay and non-gay, we all deserve the freedom to make a lifetime commitment to the person we love.  And we will stay engaged and work hard until all marriages are respected and all loving and committed couples can share in the freedom to marry throughout our country,” stated Freedom to Marry President and Coalition co-chair Evan Wolfson.

One of the couples being profiled as part of the campaign will be Ron Wallen and Tom Carrollo, who recently died, of Palm Springs. The veterans were married after a 55-year relationship in California in 2008 before Prop 8’s passage.

But because of the Defense of Marriage Act, which prevents the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages sanctioned by states, Wallen is unable to access Social Security survivor benefits and has faced the loss of the home he shared with Carrollo.

“I should be allowed as the surviving spouse to have the larger of the two social security benefits just like any other surviving spouse,” stated Wallen.

In March the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case from New York that is challenging the constitutionality of DOMA’s restriction on federal benefits for LGBT married couples. The ruling in that case and the Prop 8 lawsuit are expected by June.

“The nation is ready to fully recognize the love that so many gay and lesbian couples share,” stated Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign and coalition co-chair. “Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love – and I hope we take the opportunity to reflect on how we can extend the promise of equality to all Americans.”

— Matthew S. Bajko, February 13, 2013 @ 7:53 pm PST
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Voting takes place Sat for SF Empress and Emperor

It is that time of year again, to elect a new Emperor and Empress for San Francisco. Voting will take place this Saturday at various locations in the city.

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 6.07.57 PMAssured of being crowned the new emperor at the coronation ceremony Saturday, February 23 is Drew Cutler, as he is running unopposed.

There are two candidates seeking to become Empress, Danielle Logan and Patti McGroin.

McGroin has pledged to raise $75,000 for charity during her reign if crowned empress of the Imperial Council of San Francisco, a nonprofit that hosts numerous fundraisers for a wide variety of LGBT and HIV causes.

“My success will be measured by working together to create solutions and opportunities that provide more fundraising dollars for the community,” states McGroin in her mission statement.

Logan, if elected, has pledged to “increase and foster good will and support not only within our community, but between other realms. My experience and skills are being offered to our community in an effort to bring the many facets of our community together, as together our community is a voice and a force that cannot be stopped.”

Voting will occur in San Francisco this Saturday, February 16, at three spots: from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Project Open Hand, 730 Polk St.; noon to 6 p.m. at Harvey Milk Plaza in the Castro; and 1 to 5 p.m. at the Powerhouse bar,1347 Folsom Street.

Anyone who can prove residency in San Francisco, San Mateo, or Marin counties is eligible to vote.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 7:12 pm PST
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Gay Congressman Takano headed to SF this weekend

MarkTakano_zps6d463a99Gay Congressman Mark Takano (D-Riverside) will be in the Bay Area this weekend for a number of events.

In November Takano became the first openly LGBT person elected to Congress from California.  The Japanese American is also the first LGBT person of color to serve on Capitol Hill.

Takano is scheduled to be an invited guest Sunday, February 17 at the Day of Remembrance (DOR) being held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Sundance Kabuki Cinemas in San Francsico’s Japantown. The annual event is held  on or near February 19 to commemorate when, in 1942, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, sending 120,000 people of Japanese descent, including Takano’s grandparents and both parents, to internment camps during World War II.

The event is free and open to the pubic.

Later that day San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee is hosting a reception for Takano. The meet and greet will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the Lady Shaw Senior Center, 1483 Mason Street.

Takano will then be back in town Friday, February 22, for a fundraiser for his campaign coffers followed by a private dinner with local donors. The events are being coordinated by local gay politico Bob Michitarian, who hosted a similar fundraiser for Takano last fall.

The wine and cheese reception will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Michitarian’s Noe Valley home. Tickets start at $100 a person and can be bought online.

For additional information, contact (951) 289-0250 or email Charlie@marktakano.com.

 

 

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 6:06 pm PST
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UPDATE: Gay SOMA bar the Eagle opening delayed again

UPDATE: No sooner than it appeared that the Eagle could be landing (finally) again in San Francisco after a years-long hiatus, its wings were clipped.

Earlier this week the owners of the famous gay bar in the city’s South of Market neighborhood had hoped to reopen as soon as this Friday, February 15. Invites went out for beer bust events this Saturday, February 16 and Monday, February 18.

Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 3.24.54 PMThen came word late Wednesday night that a problem with obtaining the necessary permits would not allow for the bar to open as planned this weekend.

The Bears of San Francisco posted a note to their Saturday fundraising event’s Facebook page that “after some conflicting building inspectors’ judgements” the SF Eagle would not open by the weekend. They moved their beer bust to Castro bar 440.

The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence were also forced to cancel their event initially planned for Monday.

Thursday afternoon SF Eagle owners Mike Leon and Alex Montiel apologized for the postponement on the bar’s Facebook page and said they are “moving forward with our plans to open as soon as possible.”

They added, “We sincerely apologize for this turn of events, but some things are simply out of our control.”

There had been some indication that the doors to the SF Eagle would remain shut awhile longer. As a Bay Area Reporter blog post Wednesday, February 13 noted, the bar’s owners had not officially announced the return of the business. As word spread about the beer busts, the bar’s website (a screen grab of which is above at right) continued to say only that the bar would “open soon.” An online calendar remained blank.

“We are currently in the process of making many repairs to the property, inside and out. There will be quite a few changes made to the bar, they were either required in order to to be code compliant, or suggested to create a better experience,” the website explains.

Word about the watering hole’s imminent return began to spread earlier this month after the Bears of San Francisco started to promote its beer bust.

In a note posted on Facebook Monday, one of the organizers, Tim Butler, said he had spoken with the owners last week and that the event “is still looking like it will be a go. They anticipate being open maybe Friday evening, but definitely on Saturday.”

Wednesday afternoon the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence followed suit and announced their own beer bust at the bar on Presidents’ Day to raise money for the nonprofit SF Beautiful.

“That’s right, The Eagle is opening this weekend and we are so proud to be a part of it by hosting one of our popular beer busts on President’s Day. Come celebrate with the crowd that made the Eagle legendary and salute the new owners who have poured their heart and soul to bring back this space back that is loved by many,” stated the Facebook page for the event, which has since been taken down.

The bar at 398 12th Street shut down in April 2011 after a rent dispute between the former owners and the landlord. The closure sparked wide protest within the LGBT community and even attracted the attention of City Hall.

An attempt by several straight bar operators to reopen the bar was derided by backers of seeing the Eagle be kept as a gay-owned institution. Last September that wish was fulfilled when it was announced that Leon and Montiel had taken over the bar and signed a lease with property owner John Nikitopoulos.

Plans to reopen last fall quickly were pushed back, though, and a rumored New Year’s Eve opening fizzled. The need for a new roof on the building caused the opening to be delayed.

“Over the next few weeks we will be updating this website as much as we can,” state the owners on the bar’s website. “We would like to thank all of those who helped us save this space from abandonment, to make the SF Eagle a reality.”

The Eagle’s revival can’t come soon enough for those worried about seeing western SOMA losing its gay heritage. Since its heyday in the 1970s when Folsom Street was referred to as the Miracle Mile for its vast collection of gay bars, the area has dwindled down to a few surviving bars and leather retailers.

Sex club Mack Folsom Prison near the intersection of 9th and Folsom closed down last year. And last week it was revealed that Kok, a gay bar down the block, is being sold to new owners.

According to Grubstreet the place will be renamed Driftwood and the co-owners – one gay the other straight – aim for it to be a gay-friendly cocktail lounge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 4:55 pm PST
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