May 29, 2012

May 29, 2012

Wild Turkey, stripper pole, and a new color scheme. Photo from Bon Vivants.


Tequila. Whiskey. Get ready. Photo from Bon Vivants.

As promised, here are details on ~RIO GRANDE~, the new bar opening as part of the A Temporary Offering project I wrote about last week starting up in the Renoir Hotel.

The Bon Vivants (Scott Baird, Josh Harris) and partner Jason Henton (who is also partnering with Baird and Harris in Trick Dog) have transformed the former Fuel and Etiquette into a Texas roadhouse; the space was heavily repainted with warm tones, although two of the stripper poles remain (the vibe is now very From Dusk Till Dawn). There will be live music (mostly rock and roll), a variety of tequilas and American whiskeys, canned beers, and just a couple of speciality cocktails. Since this is a pop-up bar, it will be open for an indeterminate amount of time—could be nine months, could be more. Follow the bar’s page on Facebook for updates on entertainment and special nights—you know the fellas will have some tricks hidden in their cowboy boots. The bar opens Friday June 1st; hours will be Mon-Wed 5pm-1am and Thu-Sat 5pm-2am. 1108 Market St. at 7th St.


The sign for the ladies’ room at the Gold Dust Lounge. Yup, it says “Bustles.” Photo: ©

Last Wednesday night—after five months of fighting (very) hard to stay open after an eviction notice from Jon Handlery—the ~GOLD DUST LOUNGE~ served its last margarita in Union Square and is now reportedly going to reopen in a location in Fisherman’s Wharf. The post on SF Weekly’s The Snitch also mentions: “Meanwhile, the bartenders, staff, and bandmembers [sic] will move into the Lefty O’Douls, which is also owned by the Bovis brothers [the owners], where a mini Gold Dust Lounge will operate for the next four months while the transition happens.”

I spoke with publicist Lee Houskeeper, who said the interior is being painstakingly removed. It ends up the painting on the ceiling is canvas, so the owners are trying to restore it while keeping it intact. The ancient and stanky carpet, however, will thankfully be retired. And now Union Square has officially lost one of the last remaining quirky spots to make way for an entrance to an upcoming Express store, le sigh. 247 Powell St. at Geary.


Counter at Local Mission Eatery. Photo: ©

A few upcoming events for you wine lovers out there, starting with a winemaker dinner at ~LOCAL MISSION EATERY~ on Wednesday May 30th with Chris Brockway, winemaker of Broc Cellars. For the dinner, Chris is pouring four of his natural wines, including some small-production treats. Come in and taste four wines for $20, and $40 for the paired dinner courses. Check out the lineup here. 5:30pm-10pm.

And ‘tis the season for rosé! Come to this Rosé Blind Tasting Class with Pamela Busch at ~18 REASONS~ on Tuesday June 26th, and you’ll blind taste at least seven wines. 7pm-9pm. Tickets: $40 for 18 Reasons members; $50 for the general public.

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