After an eight-month hiatus, the legendary San Francisco bar will celebrate its grand reopening at its new space in Fisherman's Wharf on February 1. The opening weekend will include commemorative events to celebrate the bar's history while introducing the space to new neighbors.
Willie Brown and actor Stuart Whitman will kick off the opening night by traveling from Gold Dust Lounge's former Union Square location to its new digs. The trip will end in a VIP party at Fisherman's Wharf.
"To us, the VIPS are the patrons and the supporters that came out and stuck with us," Gold Dust Lounge spokesperson Lee Houskeeper told The Huffington Post. "We're making sure that all of our people get in."
On Sunday night, patrons can reserve tickets to the bar's Super Bowl party.
Gold Dust Lounge's reopening marks a bittersweet victory for the iconic watering hole. The bar garnered tremendous public outcry when it was evicted from its previous location in Union Square to make way for retailers. Displays of support from fans via Facebook sparked a fight to keep the bar alive. Though the new address marks a passing of the torch from former owner Jim Bovis to his son Nick, Houskeeper said the memories will be preserved.
The new location boasts the same antique lights, family paintings, mirrors and booths from the Union Square location. Replicating the ceiling delayed the grand opening several weeks.
"There's a vibe to the place," he said. "We want to do our very bast to bring that back to people."
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