More stomach churning for San Francisco’s music community: Hemlock Tavern on Polk Street is the latest local venue threatened by an expensive apartment development.
Hoodline and SF Weekly are reporting that the venue and bar, a long-time staple of the rock scene with local and touring bands, could be razed so developers could build a six-story, mixed-use building. The good news is a potential closure would likely be years away. Hemlock’s lease is set through 2021 and developer Dolmen Property Group is only in preliminary stages of planning.
Dolmen is considering demolishing the current structure for a new building that would host first-floor retail and 54 apartments on five floors.
“The Hemlock has an ironclad lease that runs through the summer of 2021,” Hemlock’s booker Anthony Bedard told SF Weekly in an Email. “After that, it’s within the realm of possibility that the building owner may opt to not renew our lease. Regardless, we plan on operating as a live venue and bar for the next 6-7 years. Don has no plans to end the lease any earlier than 2021, nor has he been contacted by the present or future owners of the building about doing so.”
This news follows several recent nightlife venue closures including Polk street venues Kimo’s (now Playland), Red Devil Lounge (now Harper & Rye), Cafe du Nord (reopening as a restaurant) on Market Street and Supperclub in SoMa. It appears Mission District staple Elbo Room is on its way out, as well.
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