The room is more Covered Wagon-like than it was the last time I poked my head in there. That venue has gone through this before. There have been times when new owners have tried to make the old CW into something other than a punk rock dive, only to return to the building's roots after other ventures inevitably fail. The Cherry Bar of today is in its painful transition back into what it once was. Until they demolish that building with its crackhead flophouse, it will always be a rock club -- plain and simple. They should almost put that on the lease for the joint. The Board of Supes should create some kind of Covered Wagon disclosure law wherein anyone who buys the building does so with the knowledge that the bottom floor must be a rock club. Call it the Covered Wagon Preservation Act of 2006.
Still, I did feel sorry for those hapless hippies that you unloaded upon in last week's SF Weekly, although being a drummer who air-drums is an unforgivable sin indeed.
Glad to see that you're still writing and editing and critiquing.
All the best, to the best, from the best.
Count Dante Pacifica
In "Five Best Historical Bars" [Best of San Francisco®, May 11], we incorrectly identified the owner of the Purple Onion; the current owners are Mario and Stephanie Ascione. SF Weekly regrets the error.