Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

[Updated:] Eviction lawsuit filed against Eagle Tavern

John Gardiner, owner of San Francisco’s troubled Eagle Tavern, said this morning (Wednesday, April 20) that he got a 5-day notice from the  landlord yesterday to vacate.

[Updated:] But Supervisor Scott Wiener said that the document isn’t a 5-day notice, it’s an unlawful detainer lawsuit.

He said he’s put Gardiner in touch with “a very good lawyer,” but he wouldn’t say who. John Nikitopoulos, the property’s owner, didn’t immediately respond to an interview request this morning.

Asked if he’d have to close the bar immediately, Gardiner said, “I don’t know. I’ll know probably by the end of the day.”

He said he wants to talk to attorneys and a couple members of the city’s Board of Supervisors to “see what our plan is going to be.”

In a Facebook message to bar supporters who’ve been calling for the property to remain gay, Glendon Hyde (a.k.a. Anna Conda) said, “This does not mean they are evicted but that the landlord wants to evict them. They are in year one of a five year lease and have control of the liquor license.”

Wiener said he and supervisors David Campos and Jane Kim have been working to save the bar because, “This is very important to the community. This is such an important community institution and community space that as leaders in the community … it’s our responsibility to advocate for the community, and that’s what we’re doing.”

Kim represents District 6, which includes the Eagle property. Wiener and Campos are the board’s two out members.

The possibility of giving the bar landmark status will be discussed today at the regular Historic Preservation Commission hearing in Room 400 of City Hall. Public comment is expected to be at 12:30 p.m.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 20, 2011 @ 8:55 am PST
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