Back in March, we learned that Nate Valentine (Umami, Mamacita, The Tipsy Pig, Padrecito, Harper & Rye, Ambassador, Double Dutch) was partnering with Scott Murphy (Deckstar, Eventbrite, SnowGlobe Music Festival), Chad Donnelly (SnowGlobe Music Festival), and Justin Roja (Redford Bar | Eat, Rambler at Hotel Zeppelin) to take over Ruby Skye and Slide and open AUGUST HALL and FIFTH ARROW in their places. A bit more detail has been released, with some renderings and timing (they are targeting spring 2018).
To recap, they are opening in the historic Native Sons of the Golden West building and are taking some inspiration from the building’s history. August Hall (named after its 1890s architect, August Headman) is going to be a live music and special event venue, with room for 750 guests for concerts and up to 1,000 guests for dance events. It will feature a modernist style (designed by Britt Hull of the Tide Design Co. and Parisa O’Connell Interior Design), state-of-the-art-technical elements (including a sound system by d&b audiotechnik), three full bars with food service, and top artists presented through Live Nation Entertainment. Jodi Goodman, president at Live Nation Northern California, says, ”August Hall is destined to become an iconic, must-visit venue in the Bay Area, and we look forward to releasing an inspiring schedule of shows in the coming months.” This is shaping up to be a pretty amazing new venue.
Fifth Arrow is going to be the downstairs cocktail, dining, and gaming parlor with three bowling lanes (the first and only in Union Square)—it was originally a 1930s Prohibition speakeasy. (It takes its name from the target point used by bowling aficionados for optimal scoring.)
Stand by for news about upcoming shows, menus (chef Todd Shoberg is no longer involved), and more soon. 420 Mason St. at Geary.