The (very small) interior at Big. Photo from Facebook.
Fans of ~BIG~ in the Tenderloin better swing by and say their goodbyes before June 15th: owner Jordan Langer is closing up shop as the hotel is becoming a Marriott, and he declined to stay on. Scoop says Big will reopen elsewhere but with a new name and team—Langer is going to work with bartender Brian Felley and partners Jeff Whitmore and Pete Glikshtern on a new space that is reportedly in mid-Market. 761 Post St. at Jones.
Am sorry to hear ~ESTA NOCHE~ (oh, the stories in that place) is in trouble of closing if they don’t pay off the $9K they owe the city in license fees. Eater mentions there is an Indiegogo fundraiser, and if you donate $20, you can skip the line to attend their upcoming fundraiser party on Saturday May 18th (9pm to close, $10-$20 sliding scale). Any additional monies raised will be given to El/La (a trans-Latina nonprofit in the Mission). Help save this 16th Street queer institution!
And 2013 marks the year our city won’t be hosting an installment of SF Cocktail Week. Eater’s interview with H. Joseph Ehrmann (Elixir, the Boothby Center) reveals a variety of reasons (like difficulties scheduling around the America’s Cup), but I heard some other rumblings about ABC and sponsorship issues. Anyway, it sounds like SF Cocktail Week is planning to come back in 2014, bigger and better.