Uh oh. The San Francisco's Historic Preservation Commission voted against giving Gold Dust Lounge landmark status on Wednesday. The bar, of you recall, was handed an eviction notice in December, sparking protests, cries of anguish, and even a poem by Lawrence Ferlinghetti. "The commission released a report March 16 that found while the bar is 'an important local business and gathering spot,' it does not qualify as a city historic landmark," reports SF Appeal. "Furthermore, landmark designation would only protect the physical features of the space and not 'what is valued most--the continued operation of the bar.' "

Never one to be shy about his thoughts, anti-Gold Dust Lounge advocate Sam Singer beamed over the ruling, saying, "We thank the Commission for recognizing that this landmarking effort was nothing but alchemy intended to cover over a landlord-tenant dispute."

[SF Appeal]