SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The Old Clam House may be one of San Francisco’s oldest restaurants, but thanks to a nine-month restoration, it doesn’t look its 150 years.

The restaurant celebrated a century and a half of operation at its 299 Bayshore Boulevard location on Thursday.

The eatery is the oldest restaurant in the city to operate in its original location, its owners said. The Tadich Grill in the Financial District is 12 years older but has moved several times.

When the restaurant, originally known as the Oakdale Bar, opened its doors in 1861, it boasted a waterfront location near Islais Creek, which was eventually filled with debris after the 1906 earthquake.

Its famous diners have included beloved San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen, 49ers Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and actress Loni Anderson, among others.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Last year, San Francisco natives and restaurateurs Jerry and Jennifer Dal Bozzo began the nine-month project to restore the restaurant to its Victorian roots.

The restoration included outfitting the glass-enclosed patio with etched glass panels that were discovered in the restaurant’s attic and lining the dining room and bar with the original ornate tin ceilings.

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