BRISBANE (KCBS) – One of the oldest bars in the Bay Area is celebrating its 160th anniversary on Wednesday.

7 Mile House in Brisbane has had many incarnations and, for nearly a decade, it has been a family-run restaurant, sports bar and music venue.

“We like to say that we’re the gateway into Brisbane,” said owner Vanessa Garcia Villacarlos.

But she said that wasn’t always the case for the Bayshore Boulevard establishment, that first opened its doors on February 6, 1853.

“It was a stagecoach stop. It was a brothel at some point,” she said. “It was a hotel, a Pony Express route, a toll gate.”

And as recently as the 1990’s, 7 Mile House was raided by the FBI for links to a Costa Rican sports gambling syndicate.

Regular Randall Venerable said he used to come in back then for the signature hamburger.

“There was a bunch of old-timers and they would sit at the bar. And when you walked in, they gave you this look like what are you doing here?” he said.

Venerable said he enjoys the old west meets modern sports bar feel at 7 Mile House, where celebrations are planned all day.

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