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Gold Dust Lounge Signs Lease On Fisherman's Wharf Location (PHOTOS)

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The site of the new Gold Dust Lounge, according to Google Maps.
The site of the new Gold Dust Lounge, according to Google Maps.

They say that legends never die. And if we've learned anything from the Tonga Room, Sam Wo and now the Gold Dust Lounge, neither do iconic San Francisco bars and restaurants.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Gold Dust Lounge, the beloved 79-year-old Union Square bar that garnered significant public outcry when it was served with a surprise eviction notice, has officially signed a lease on a new space in Fisherman's Wharf at 165 Jefferson Street.

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"It's rare you get a new lease on life," the bar's publicist Lee Housekeeper told The Huffington Post when the move was first announced.

Curbed reported that the new space will be three times the size of the old location, and will include details from the original space including the ceiling's frescoed canvas, the bar, furniture and the original layout. The marquee will reportedly be recreated, but only because a larger sign is needed.

Essentially, the only major changes will be the square footage and address.

The liquor license transfer has been submitted and is expected to take two to three months. According to the Chronicle, construction will begin shortly thereafter.

The new location is the latest--and hopefully last--development in the heated battle between the bar's former landlords and the Gold Dust Lounge and its supporters. Over the months of controversy surrounding the eviction, the owners tried everything from public intervention to applying for official landmark status to save the historic bar.

And though not as originally planned, it sounds like the bar will indeed survive.

Take a look at a few more San Francisco icons that have faced closure or relocation battles in recent years:

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Filed by Robin Wilkey