The back bar area. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.
A look at the interior. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.
A report by Dana-Massey Todd. As noted in tablehopper, the ~DOGPATCH SALOON~ closed in February for renovations and an ownership change. The new owners are Sky Wegman, Chris Barry, Derek Jostad, and Marc Goldfine, the team behind 83 Proof. I had a chance to stop by today and chat with Wegman about their plans for the space. Construction has been a little slower than they were hoping, partially because the building is historic, and partially because of, well, construction.
In general, their goal is to get the space closer to its original look (the bar opened in 1913), so they’re undoing a lot of remodels that have been done over the hundred years the bar has been open. They’ve retiled the floor to approximate how it might have looked when it opened, cleared away some space around the windows to add some light, and restored as much of the original wood bar as possible. There’s an area in the back of the bar where church pews have been installed as banquettes, and a fireplace and skylight will anchor the different seating areas. They’ve also done extensive work with subway tile on the bathrooms, which were infamously icky in the past.
They don’t intend to make any major changes to the beverage program; they’d like to keep the spirit of a neighborhood watering hole as much as possible. That said, though, there will be some new spirits on the menu. Mostly, they’ll keep the selection smaller and well curated, with a small range of options. Drinks will be well mixed, but not too fussy. They’ll have a range of craft and local beers, as well. Oh, and Jazz on Sundays will remain. They won’t be serving any food out of the kitchen, though they are hoping to set up a takeout/delivery arrangement with one of the neighboring restaurants to keep boozehound munchies at bay. Right now, they’re hoping to open the first week of July, barring any delays. We’ll update you when there’s more info! 2496 3rd St. at 22nd St., 415-643-8592.