Any replacement for the long-loved, soon-to-close Lexington Club was sure to draw criticism and even controversy. So, let the lamentations begin.
Backing up a bit: When the Mission's Luna Park was on the market, the restaurant group and winery PlumpJack — partly owned by gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom and sister Hilary Newsom — seemed ready to take over the space. But the plan to fold the Luna Park location into the PlumpJack empire which includes Balboa Cafe, Matrix Fillmore, and forthcoming Mid-Market nightclub Sloane fell through. At the time, Hilary Newsom remarked that "this has no effect on our enthusiasm for the neighborhood, and we continue to look for other projects in the area."
Well, that statement has been validated by a big announcement from The Lexington Club, that last-bastion lesbian bar whose coming closure SFist announced in October. Owner Lila Thirkfield writes in a Facebook post that PlumpJack will take over the space after the Lex closes at the end of April.
"[I]t is with much sadness, pride and a sense of real history that I can announce that we will be closing our doors for good on April 30th, 2015," reads the post. "At this time we are beginning the transfer of the liquor license to the new owners, PlumpJack. Thirkfield, who maintains a partnership in Virgil's Sea Room where some of the Lexington Club action may continue, has kind words for PlumpJack. "They have been very gracious during these difficult times, allowing me to move through this process in a way that worked best for me, the Lex and our patrons."
And Lex lovers take note: Thirkfield wants you to know that the bar will be wide open until the doors swing shut on the newly announced date, with special events and art installations like photographs by Ace Morgan and Molly DeCoudreaux that include shots of the club's opening night. There's also a storytelling night planned and a big closing party spanning two nights, Friday April 24th and Saturday April 25th.
We'll update you as soon as we learn what PlumpJack's plans for the space may be.