ABC license activity reveals where the GOLD DUST LOUNGE is relocating to in Fisherman’s Wharf: 165 Jefferson Street (a comment on Facebook clarifies further that it’s “in the Pacific Fair Shops a few doors down from the Rainforest Café and the Wax Museum”). Time will tell when they can reopen with everything they salvaged from the original location and when the liquor license transfer is complete; stand by. 165 Jefferson St. at Taylor.
Now open in Cow Hollow is LIGHTNING TAVERN, the latest project from the Tonic/Bullitt/Mayhem/Rebel crew—they opened in the former Unwind/4 Corners space. The interior by Michael Brennan reportedly looks like “Frankenstein’s lab, with funky light fixtures,” according to partner Duncan Ley. Eater mentions an opening menu of “tater tots, fries, burgers, cocktails, and beers. Once everything rolls out, Ley says they’ll do East Coast-style wings.” Food will be served until 1:30am, and there are cocktails by the pitcher, so watch out. Opening hours for now are Mon-Thu at 3pm or 4pm, Fri at 11am, and Sat-Sun at 10am, although they will be open at noon for the Fourth of July if you want to go get your drink on. 1875 Union St. at Laguna.
I also asked Ley about the license transfer posted at GOLD STAR BAR, which just opened a few months ago but is now the latest addition to their family of bars. He said the owner of Gold Star decided to take an opportunity to run a company and sell the bar. Ley said it’s going to be a couple of months before they figure out the name and concept and get it ready to open. 1548 California St. at Polk.