Gold Dust Lounge Update: No Last Call Party, Supporters Accused of Vandalism

The Gold Dust Lounge's lease is dead. Long live the Gold Dust Lounge (which will neither close nor get evicted this weekend, but will serve
Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for gold dust image 2.jpg
Sticking around
$1 vodka drinks).

Negotiations between the operators and landlords  regarding the future of the Union Square landmark bar will continue past March 10. That's the date when the Bovis brothers' lease on the space they've rented from the Handlery family expires, according to a release issued Friday morning.  The Handlerys are the operators of the eponymous hotel and future landlord of the Express clothing store that's signed an agreement to take over the bar's space.

"The historic Dive Bar will not be padlocked on Sunday and Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi will not be evicting the Bovis Brothers until the courts decide on their lawsuit (no time soon)," said press agent Lee Houskeeper, who announced a daylong "No Last Call Party" for Saturday. The brothers, both in their 80s, filed suit in February, alleging that the lease was altered without their knowledge.

And accusations of unfair play remain in the air: In a competing release, Gold Dust supporters stand accused of defacing a Handlery Hotel bathroom with "pro-Gold Dust slogans," according to PR maven Sam Singer. But: dollar drinks!

This real estate-related kerfuffle has been brewing most of the year. The Handlerys gave the Bovis brothers notice in December that the lease would not be renewed for the space they've rented since 1966. The Handlerys say they were up front with the Gold Dust's owners that they were looking for a large retail tenant to take over the bar's space as well as adjacent commercial space.

Earlier reports said that the bar had received an eviction notice for March 10. That's not so, bar PR man Singer said: that's merely when the lease expires.

Two separate legal actions are at play: Attorney Joe Cotchett sued the Handlerys in February, alleging that the landlord took advantage of the Bovis' advanced age to amend the lease to allow them to be kicked out. Supporters are also seeking historic landmark status for the bar; several members of the Board of Supervisors introduced last-minute legislation to do that.

And that's in bad faith, too, Singer said: The bar was never owned by Bing Crosby, nor was it open in 1933, as claimed on the bar's signage. Plus, the bar was officially declared a dump in 1985: "The objective evaluation form for the 1985 Category 1 designation by the City of San Francisco rates the interior of the bar as 'fair/poor,'" Singer wrote.

So there will be no padlock on the door put there by Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi, whose job it is to hoard panties evict recalcitrant renters. Nor will the Gold Dust Lounge's 10 employees seek unemployment -- and nor shall imbibers in Union Square long seek thirst-slakes, not with dollar vodka drinks to wash down $3.50 glasses of champagne.

And what better potion to inspire graffiti. "A bathroom on the 3rd floor was defaced with graffiti that reads 'Occupy Gold Dust' and 'Save the Gold Dust' and 'F___ You--the Police,'" according to Singer. This graffiti was discovered on March 6, the same day that lawyers for the landlords and lessees met to hammer out an agreement.

This stalemate appears set for at least the time being. The space has been leased out to someone else, whom the landlord wants there. The bar, with popular support, says it's going to stay put. And how do you evict a bar, anyway?

So get in a Gold Dust Lounge visit while you can, but if it's too crowded this weekend -- as it has been for months now -- rest safe knowing you can come back on Monday.

Follow us on Twitter at @TheSnitchSF and @SFWeekly

My Voice Nation Help
3 comments
Localminers24
Localminers24

OFFER FOR SALE OF AU METAL IN DUST.

We are into Gold business and also an authorized seller of Au dust and exporter.We work with other handicaped Gold seller as main source and help them to export their gold to buyer.

Presently, we are in the industry to market our product as below..............Item: Alluvial Gold FustForm: Yellow Gold (in Dust )Quantity:300kgs gold dust..Purity: 92% finenessCarats: 22+carats.

We are willing to go into a long term supply contract with interested buyer with view to develop many mining communities.We also welcome serious buyer for joint venture in the mining sector. We have some mining communities that we are willing to to start off with on Au Metal and the modalities will be discussed.

Contact us for more details

Email    localminers24@gmail.com               cgoldmining@ymail.com

RagardsMohamed Yaya

Randolph Fleming
Randolph Fleming

 A land mark on Powell st. would've been Bernstein's Grotto , at123 Powell St. , with the wooden ship's bow sticking out of the front , onto sidewalk. Sorely missed , like Playland at the beach..

generic_
generic_

No, look ... Singer, you don't understand the concept.

The "Occupy" meme is about occupying enemy territory. 

So if you're going to fake graffiti and lie to the press, it should be "Occupy Handlery Hotel."

Now Trending

From the Vault

 

©2014 SF Weekly, LP, All rights reserved.
Loading...