The Elbo Room. Yelp photo by Omar K.
According to an article on Curbed and a post on their Facebook page, the ~ELBO ROOM~ is officially closing its doors later this year. After lots of rumors and meetings, the building’s owners, Dennis Ring and Susan Rokinsky-Ring, are moving forward with plans to build condos on the site instead. The couple, who have lived in the Mission for more than 40 years, actually founded the bar, and then sold it to current owners Matt Shapiro and Erik Cantu in 2010. Before condos can be built, they will need to get through lots of Planning Commission hurdles and more, but what is clear is that the bar’s lease will not be renewed when it comes up in November. So, Shapiro and Cantu are looking for a new space, hopefully in the Mission, where they can open later this year. In the meantime, Elbo Room remains open—for now. Sigh. 647 Valencia St. at Sycamore, 415-552-7788.
It looks like ~PLACE PIGALLE~ in Hayes Valley will be closing its doors on May 10th and moving, according to Hoodline. It sounds like there is a complicated legal situation with the lease, and the bar’s owners, Jason Perkins and Michael O’Conner, can’t talk too much about what’s going on. However, they can say that the current location will close on May 10th, and they’ll be moving into a new space soon. No word on exactly where that might be, though the are also working on a project in the former Woodward’s Garden space, which we mentioned back in October. 520 Hayes St. at Octavia, 415-552-2671.