Dozens of people came out Saturday evening and expressed their support for a San Francisco bar in danger of closing.
Supporters of the Gold Dust Lounge on Powell St. in Union Square gathered for a pub crawl to other neighboring establishments.
The group wants to get the word out that the bar may be forced to close after the building's landlord cancelled its lease recently.
“It's an intrinsic part of San Francisco's history and character and to put another faceless retail store here would just be a travesty,” said Mike Maloney, the bar owner's great-nephew. “You can't replace this or move it somewhere else it's been here for over 80 years.”
Some of the bar's regulars included Herb Caen, Janis Joplin and Steve McQueen.
The bar asked San Francisco residents to call their local supervisors to ask them to consider giving the Gold Dust Lounge local landmark status.
Watchdogs are questioning an exclusive agreement between the City of Oakland and a non-profit group, tapped to lead a multi-million dollar project to redevelop the area around the Coliseum BART station.