Eagle Tavern Closure: Supervisors Send a Letter of 'Deep Concern' to SFPD
|Always a good crowd at the Eagle|
The Eagle Tavern recently celebrated its 30th year. It is one of San Francisco's oldest gay bars, and has long been a center of the city's queer community -- and it's set to close later this month.
"We are adamantly opposed to any sale that would result in the Eagle's destruction," the supes say in the April 14 letter.
According to the letter, the owners of the bar want to sell
the establishment to a current employee who would keep the Eagle intact.
"Unfortunately, the landlord is attempting to force a sale to a new
owner who, as we understand it, will dramatically change the bar so it
is no longer the Eagle and probably no longer a gay bar," the supervisors write.
Wiener, Kim, and Campos pointed out that the license transfer might not
come before the Board of Supervisors, and therefore "we request that SFPD closely
scrutinize, consistent with applicable legal standards, any requested
liquor license transfer relating to the Eagle to ensure that any such
transfer will not harm the LGBT community by putting an end to the
"Its loss would be a huge blow," they write. "The Eagle has been a key part of the LGBT community on many levels and has raised millions of dollars over the years for LGBT and HIV service organizations."
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