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Call To Action – Save The Eagle Tavern!

Updated: Apr 11, 2011 12:55
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San Francisco has been getting a nasty rep for losing its edge for a while now, and with only 49 some square miles of land to occupy it’s not hard to see how things can get a little homogenous with the right variables at play. Of these, one be the urban property sitch. Landlords still wield more power than they’d like to admit and when it comes to commercial space, there isn’t much that protects businesses, no matter how long they’ve been there. Bars come and go in this town, but a handful goes on to become institutions that francisqueños cherish as equally as sunny days and getting trashed on Sunday afternoons.

The Eagle has been providing many a sleazy variation on all of these components for decades, but that shall come to an end at the finish of April if all goes according to plan. The new property owner has given the management of the bar two weeks to clear out, so as to make way for everything from condos to a more mainstream establishment, according to rumours. (Yay! More metallic boxes are precisely what South of Market needs!) Also, I imagine space must be at a premium these days, what with all that tax shelter business going on.

The bar business is a bizarre and rather insular world, so there is probably a lot more going on here than what‘s readily apparent, but it would be awful if the Eagle had to join its fabled ilk in that special corner of the city’s elephant graveyard set aside for the dirty, weird and wonderful that made this city what it once was.

If you’d like to chime in what you think should happen to this treasure trove of bikers, bands, beers and queers or maybe just get a little more info on what the hell is going on, show up tomorrow (04/11/11) at the bar where SoMa’s own Anna Conda has thrown together an impromptu call to action meeting.

Seriously, though, for a city fond of blasting the banal expanses that carpet the southern floodplains of our fair state, this city is getting awfully fond of all things monochromatic. What happened to all that end of the rainbow/freaks at the edge-of-the-world malarkey, anyway?

SAVE the Eagle! Community Action Planning Monday, April 11, 2011 7:00 p.m.- 10:00 p.m. The Eagle Tavern 398 12th Street (@Harrison) [South of Market] SF
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Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inability to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999.
By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for the SF Bay Guardian, Bold Italic and 7x7. He also likes to enjoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.


  1. Anonymous
    April 11, 2011 at 3:55 am

    Well said. This has been the story for many a thing. I lost my residency years ago due to dot com boom going bust. Now its a recession and the more conservative minds that came in during the boom are using their sometimes-fledgeling nest eggs to line the pockets of others. Do they not realize that the very “noveltys” of thier factory-preset lives are being placed in that graveyard, making you wonder “why the hell did you come here if you were just gonna rearrange the place?”. Its not like there is a shortage of strip-mall and culturally flat places which would suit their inner neurosis better. Go there! :/

  2. His Travisty
    April 11, 2011 at 6:16 am

    You don’t get much more white-bread or stuck up than me. However, the Eagle is a place I’ve enjoyed being a patron of for 13 years. It’s the kind of place you can check yourself at the door, immerse yourself in cultures and have a blast. A place where beer busts and all you can eat burgers set the stage for your favorite porn stars to be auctioned off for charity. Even Sunday of my twenties (weathering permitting) was spent at the Eagle and some indelible memories made. Quite literally, there’s no place like it. It saddens me to think it might be tossed into the melting pot of overpriced condos and cafes that have come to define the area.

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  4. April 11, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    community action planing meeting at the eagle 7-10pm tonight