Despite the recent declaration by Sam Singer, spokesman for Jon Handlery, that the The Gold Dust Lounge is definitely closing on March 6th, the folks behind Save the Gold Dust Lounge haven't given up. As the Snitch reports, the group filed paperwork yesterday requesting that the city recognize the space as a historic landmark.
Although the bar itself probably won't be considered historic, many of its elements might be, such as the wall coverings, the chandeliers, Herb Caen's historic bar stool, and possibly the different eras of the Dixieland music that's played there.
If the Historic Preservation Commission approves the request, it would go to Jane Kim, who is a supporter of the bar, for approval. It's possible that the legislation won't come through before the bar's eviction date, but Handlery, who plans to "gut" the bar and add an escalator, wouldn't be able to alter the space until a decision is made.
In their continued quest to get the word out about the Gold Dust, its supporters are having a big Gold Dust Rush Pub Crawl on Saturday evening, which meets at the Gold Dust (247 Powell Street) at 6 p.m. Each of the bars in the crawl will be serving Speakeasy Ale specials, along with a special cocktail that was Herb Caan's favorite. Costumes are encouraged!