San Franciscans who love dive bars (which is most of us!), and San Franciscans who think the city needs to build more housing ASAP, which, come on, should definitely be all of us, are likely to feel conflicted over razing Lucky 13 for condos, a possibility that's hung over the Castro/Duboce Triangle bar for more than a decade now. Stirring those feelings again is a Notice of Building Permit Application posted on the building this month calling to demolish the bar at 2140 Market Street in favor of 27 units of housing as noted by a tipster to Hoodline. Some longtime bar goers already fear the worst:
I can already feel how hungover I am from the Lucky 13 closing party.— Jen Rizzo (@jrizzo) May 2, 2017
But developers won't be toasting their new condo project just yet, although Lucky 13's regular clientele are sure to use the notice as an excuse for a drink. The long-term odds are probably against the bar's longevity, but Lucky 13's owner Brian Spiers, who didn't want to speak on the record, is a developer himself, and hinted to SFist that nothing is going to happen soon or without a prolonged fight. Spiers should know: He's behind the long-delayed condo project on a nearby lot at the former Home restaurant.
Current plans were submitted to raze Lucky 13 for condos in 2015, and the project received a certificate from the Planning Department last January exempting it from environmental review under the Market Octavia Plan. Neighbors may now file applications for discretionary review, and are likely to do so by calling the bar a historic space. It's been Lucky 13 for over a quarter-century, and its structure was built as a lodge for the Woodmen of the World. A similar spot across the street, the New Era Hall, is the only other such "lodge" from the era to survive, and that space was just given landmark status.
As a Castro area bar, 2140 has served as several gay bars over the years, the best known of which was Alfie's. Harvey Milk once hosted an election night party there. Other claims of its historic nature might, however, be more of a stretch.
And Lucky 13 figures in local beer culture history, too. Early in for serving local and Belgian beers with... https://t.co/SIbwMtiIOx— Beer By BART (@beerbybart) May 2, 2017