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:
The Tonga Room
Oh, the nine lives of the Tonga Room. Much to the Fairmont Hotel's chagrin, unyielding <a href="http://sostonga.com/" target="_hplink">local</a> and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/05/the-layover-san-francisco_n_1186654.html" target="_hplink">national</a> support for the famous tiki restaurant in the hotel lobby have kept the band afloat at the Tonga Room, <a href="http://articles.sfgate.com/2009-02-25/bay-area/17189161_1_tiki-fairmont-hotel-development-director" target="_hplink">despite the Fairmont's desire to renovate</a>.
San Francisco Botanical Garden
Global economic crisis tends to equal hot water for city-sponsored community programs, and the <a href="http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/news/admission.html" target="_hplink">San Francisco Botanical Garden</a> is no exception. To save the garden, SFBG recently initiated a $7 entrance fee for non-residents, but the organization <a href="http://www.sfbotanicalgarden.org/news/admission.html" target="_hplink">has also started circulating a petition and a call for help</a>.
This deal is as good as done, and <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/12/19/steelers-vs-49ers-delayed-power-outage-candlestick_n_1159332.html" target="_hplink">the embarrassing recent power outages</a> during a game against the Steelers may as well have been the nail in the coffin. Despite a local push to convince the team to stay, promises of a glittering new stadium in Santa Clara have been all too tempting.
The Castro Theatre
We don't even want to think about it. We don't even want to utter the words. But it's no secret that the city's beloved Castro Theatre is undergoing some changes. While it doesn't seem in danger of closing anytime soon, SFist reported back in December that the theatre would be switching from a daily movie format to a live performance hall and film festival venue. Let's hope the theatre is just going through a rough patch.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of "are they or aren't they" for Café Gratitude. First, employee lawsuits <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/11/29/cafe-gratitude-closes_n_1119452.html" target="_hplink">prompted the local chain to announce plans to close</a>. But a few short weeks later, the suits were "resolved." However, Cafe Gratitude is still mum on what exactly this means for the business.
The Balboa Theatre
The Balboa Theatre narrowly escaped closure last year, but was saved by a last-minute partnership between former Balboa Theatre operator Gary Meyer and the San Francisco Neighborhood Theater Foundation. "It's great to save another of San Francisco's last remaining neighborhood cinemas," <a href="http://www.sfntf.org/images/BalboaRelease.pdf" target="_hplink">said SFNTF President Alfonso Felder about the agreement</a>. "We're looking forward to keeping the Balboa's marquee lit for many more years." Agreed.