We're awaiting word from the owner of property on which the Eagle Tavern stands, to learn more about the future of this historic San Francisco bar. It's known as a hub for the leather community, a source for charitable fundraising, and a "must" for candidates courting gay voters. Its future is unclear, but according to the Eagle's owners the landlord has given them until April 29th to vacate.
What will replace the Eagle remains uncertain. Speculation ranges from condos, which now dot the South of Market neighborhood, to a straight bar. That latter rumor infuriated some patrons at the Eagle, who gathered last night to discuss saving the bar. Many were sad and angry at the prospect of losing the historic watering hole, but several were glad the staff went public about the bar's future.
"Our institutions are in trouble," said local blogger Michael Petrells, taking the stage on the Eagle's back patio. "They have to start talking to us respectfully, all the time about the s--- that is going down. Because when they talk to us with respect, two to three hundred show up on a Monday night!" Petrelis's words were met with loud cheering from a crowd that packed the patio.
Supporters filled out letters to be sent to city leaders, asking for help in preserving the Eagle. It's unclear what San Francisco can actually do, although some have suggested reviewing the liquor license or seeking historic preservation status. City records indicate it would need further review for historic status (it's considered "Category B", in the City's jargon). The property owner, John Nikitopoulos, has yet to comment on the controversy or on what he's planning for the parcel.