When news broke earlier this year that Doc's Clock would be forced to close following a decision by the new building owner not to renew the bar's lease in 2017, devotees of the Mission dive bar were bummed that another one was biting the dust. However, in a rare bit of good cheap-drinking news, we now learn via SocketSite that the bar has found a new home — right down the street.
The plan, as it currently stands, is to move Doc's from its current location near the corner of 22nd and Mission down to what was once a coffee shop at Mission and 20th. Owner Carey Suckow spoke with BrokeAss Stuart about her efforts to relocate the 55-year-old bar, and shared her plans to maintain the feel of Doc's even after it has moved to its new location.
"All I can really tell you is that we are moving the bar and are going to do our best to keep it the same," explained Suckow. "We will have the same staff, the same shuffleboard, the same bar stools and the same bar. The bathrooms will be bigger and the address will be different."
(No word on the free peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.)
As an added bonus, Suckow told Stuart that on Monday Doc's was approved for Legacy Business status by the city. Popular gay bar Lone Star Saloon recently received the same status, meaning the city will pay the building owner $4.50 per square foot per year to keep it in place with a long-term lease. Suckow clearly hopes that a similar payment to her future landlord will help guarantee a lasting home for Doc's.
"Our new landlord loves Doc’s, wants us there, wants the sign and has given us a long lease," she told Stuart. "We are hoping to be able to move by the time our current lease is up in July 2017 but that is all in the hands of the Planning Department and their permitting processes."
So head on down and drink up if you have any affinity for spot as it currently is — summer 2017 is fast approaching. However, in this case, raise that glass to Doc's hopefully long future as well as to its wonderfully divey past.
Previously: Doc's Clock To Close Next Year