Closures and Changes: 222 Hyde, Marlena's, Solstice, and Evelyn Lee

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222 Hyde; Yelp photo by Jenny D.

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Solstice Lounge; Yelp photo by Joe G.

Was sorry to read in the SFBG about the upcoming closure of ~222 HYDE~. I remember back when Joe and Bianca Kaplan opened the place! Heck, I even threw a happy hour fundraiser there; loved that joint. Under the current owners, it had a fun, unpretentious, clubby vibe going. Ends up there are some ABC issues and a new building owner, so current owner EO decided to call it quits. The little pizza oven will be turned off and the groovy dance floor LED lights will dim on March 9th. Ah, memories. 222 Hyde St. at Turk, 415-345-8222.

Be sure to say farewell to ~MARLENA’S~ this week: the final drag show (“Follies”) performances on the Marlena’s stage will be this weekend. Hayeswire says the last day is Sunday March 3rd, from 4:30pm until close. 488 Hayes St. at Octavia, 415-864-6672.

Closing this Saturday March 2nd will be ~SOLSTICE~. They are going to be throwing a series of goodbye and thank-you parties starting Thursday. As mentioned on tablehopper earlier, Duncan Ley, Benjamin Bleiman, and a new project partner, Mark DeVito, are taking over the space. They are going to be calling it ~WILD HARE~ and are aiming to open April 1st. 2801 California St. at Divisadero.

According to Uptown Almanac, we’ll no longer have to refer to the former Mission Hill Saloon as ~THE UNRESOLVED LOVE LIFE OF EVELYN LEE~: a crew of regulars, Mission Hill bartenders, and others have come together to buy the bar back from the Dear Mom team who took it over last year. 491 Potrero at Mariposa.