Waterfront SF Businesses Find New Home Ahead Of America’s Cup

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – When the Teatro ZinZanni show ends on New Years Eve, the historic Spiegel tent pitched at Pier 29 more than 11 years ago will come down.

The circus cabaret is among the first of about 80 businesses that will be displaced as the city revamps the waterfront for the America’s Cup yacht race.

KCBS’ Susan Kennedy Reports:

“I will miss my cast members. I will miss being in this tent,” said Duffy Bishop, a blues singer who starts in the show.

Teatro ZinZanni recently secured a permanent home. Its 100-year-old tent will go up again, inside a new and improved grand lobby at Broadway and Embarcadero.

But performances won’t resume until next November. The company had to lay off more than 100 performers and employees because of the hiatus, said managing director Susan Outlaw.

Another longtime fixture of the Embarcadero, Bauer’s Intelligent Transportation, will also remain on the waterfront.

“We’re looking at moving down to Pier 50 right now. So we’re negotiating a deal with the Port currently,” said owner Gary Bauer. Since 1997, the company has been at Pier 27 where the city plans to build a cruise ship terminal and walking plaza for spectators to see the race.

Come February, the Port of San Francisco will pay to move dozens more of its tenants, including a soccer field.

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