UPDATED 3:35 p.m.: The Knockout is not closing.
Fred Schrunk, a co-owner of Thrillhouse Records on Mission and 30th streets who has also been working at the Knockout as a bartender and manager for the last eight years, has formed a new partnership to take over the beloved Mission hangout and maintain everything just as it’s been. As three members of the current four-person ownership group are exiting and Schrunk is joining, a legal notice for a change in ownership had to be posted.
SF Weekly sincerely regrets the error, as the Knockout is extremely awesome and nobody needs another heart attack over a beloved institution disappearing.
Right on the heels of the the just-announced closure of the Tenderloin’s Hemlock Tavern,
it’s come to our attention that the popular Mission/Bernal Heights punk-rock karaoke and Simpsons trivia hotspot the Knockout is set to close and reopen under a new name and different persona.
As seen in the just-snapped image above, The Knockout has posted a Public Notice of Application for Ownership Change on their front window. The Knockout still has shows scheduled through Sept. 4, so the closure will not be immediate. SF Weekly has reached out to the Knockout, and we’ll update this post with any additional information provided.
The notice lists the proposed new tenant as Pass the Sauce Reggie, LLC. That’s a relatively new business entity, formed in November 2017 according the California Secretary of State database of registered corporations. Pass the Sauce Reggie’s incorporation papers list its business type as “Bar/Pub,” so the place is likely to remain some manner of cocktail establishment. Note: Schrunk assures us that nothin’s changin’.
Old timers like me recall that the Knockout’s neon “NOPE” sign, a repurposed old “OPEN” sign, dates back to when it was Chicken John’s bar the Odeon. The Knockout took the place over in 2005, and Kink.com shot a gangbang scene there in 2009.
The Knockout has always had a special place on SF Weekly’s annual Best Oscars-Watching Parties list, and has been a cherished cheap-or-free dive bar live entertainment spot for more than a decade.
We don’t know what Pass the Sauce Reggie is going to be, but we hope it’s not one of those weak-sauce craft cocktail boutiques that are taking over the neighborhood.