Polk Street Bar Bigfoot Lodge to Close, Reopen as ‘Cabin’

The space housing Bigfoot Lodge, a staple for years on the Polk Street bar strip, is getting a makeover starting next week with a new owner and new name.

After Saturday night, San Francisco nightlife entrepreneur David Zimmerman takes over ownership of the bar, which will be renamed Cabin when it reopens early next week. Zimmerman also owns Blackthorn Tavern in the Inner Sunset and is a partner at SoMA nightclub F8.

“It’s already a pretty good crowd,” Zimmerman says, so there won’t be major changes but regulars at the neighborhood bar will notice a difference once he finishes renovations.

“I’m going to keep some natural elements with the Cabin concept,” he says, but the kitschy decor, such as the large wooden bigfoot and worn tables and stools, will be pulled for a more clean and modern look.

The drink menu will be updated with a martini list and whiskey selection and TVs will go in for the sports crowd.

The bar will remain open during the expected six-week build-out and weekday trivia and karaoke nights could be added to the schedule.

The LA-based owners of Bigfoot Lodge, who also own several bars in Southern California, posted this message online to announce the changeover:

“Bigfoot Lodge San Francisco is saddened to announce that we will be closing permanently on July 13th. We encourage those of you who have drank and laughed with us to come by in these next two weeks to make a few final memories – we wouldn’t have made it this long without you.