Future Of San Francisco’s Eagle Tavern Remains In Question

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SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – Efforts are underway to save one of San Francisco’s original gay bars, the Eagle Tavern on Harrison Street.

After an attempted sale and an attempted eviction, the future of the bar remains murky as there is still not a possible closing date set.

Tim Manni came all the way down from Laytonville for the weekend when he heard that the South of Market watering hole’s days may be numbered.

“I’ve been coming here for almost 30 years,” he said.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Virgil Parrett said the Eagle Tavern has been an institution in San Francisco for decades.

“Generations of gay folks that come through San Francisco go to the Eagle and we want that to continue for the younger folks and then another generation, and another generation,” said Parrett. “It is something that you just don’t find in other big cities.”

The issue has gained the attention of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, including Supervisor Scott Weiner, who is trying to put some political pressure on any possible tavern license change of ownership.

“The Eagle is a true community institution. It’s been around for decades,” Weiner said. “It’s a gathering place for all sorts of different kinds of people in the LGBT community. It’s a place very accepting of a wide diversity of people.”

Weiner said the bar has raised millions of dollars for charities over the years and he will work with his fellow supervisors to keep the doors open.

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