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Lefty O’Doul’s is Being Evicted

Another piece of old school SF is shutting its doors.  The owners of the Lefty O’Doul’s name, known for its meat carving, beer pouring, and baseball watching are officially vacating the iconic Union Square location, their last day is February 3rd.

lefty cover real

The Chronicle’s J.K. Dineen reported that the building’s owner will not offer the bar’s owner a new long term lease.  Owner Nick Bovis plans to move the restaurant to a new location nearby.

The situation seems similar to the eviction of the legendary Gold Dust’s Lounge at Union Square, (the old Gold Dust is now an ‘Express’ or some other soulless corporate retail facade). But the new Gold Dust landed comfortably in Fisherman’s Wharf, (and it’s pretty great) so there’s no reason to think Lefty’s won’t land on its feet as well, Lefty’s has the same owner as the Gold Dust and it’s the same %$@$ Landlord (Jon Handlery) doing the evicting.  Bovis plans to be in a new spot by next fall.

watching baseball at leftys

Great place to eat corned beef sandwiches and watch baseball with pals at Lefty’s at 9am

Lefty’s has been serving the Bay Area since 1958, but the carpet in there smelled like it was from 1945, so a little bit of spit-shine in a new building may do just fine for everyone.

Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio & Lefty O'doul on vaction together

Marilyn Monroe, Joe DiMaggio & Lefty O’doul on vaction together…waving goodbye

Frank ‘Lefty’ O’doul was a baseball manager for SF’s first baseball team (the Seals), and was beloved by althletes, celebrities, & local drunks alike.  Lefty’s opened early and showed any baseball game you could think of, it was a great place for Opening Day, and we hope to see Lefty have an opening day of its own sometime soon, because to lose Lefty O’doul’s forever would be a big L for the city of San Francisco.

Go in a visit while you still can!  Closing Feb 3rd.

“Lefty” O’Doul’s
333 Geary St, San Francisco, CA 94102

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  • Seth

    it’s not true they are getting “evicted” because they “can’t afford the rent” – this is incorrect reporting. Bovis has made it clear he can afford the rent, but because the landlord is unwilling to sign a long-term lease Bovis is ready to move.