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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Eagle Tavern Closure: Supervisors Send a Letter of 'Deep Concern' to SFPD

Posted By on Thu, Apr 14, 2011 at 5:01 PM

click to enlarge Always a good crowd at the Eagle
  • Always a good crowd at the Eagle


Scott Wiener, Jane Kim, and David Campos sent SF Weekly a

letter addressed to acting Police Chief Jeff Godown, instructing him to "closely scrutinize" any transfer of the liquor license

to ensure that the Eagle Tavern remains as we know it today.

The Eagle Tavern recently celebrated its 30th year. It is one of

San Francisco's oldest gay bars, and has long been a center of the city's

queer community -- and it's set to close later this month.

"We are adamantly opposed to any sale that would result in the Eagle's destruction," the supes say in the April 14 letter.

According to the letter, the owners of the bar want to sell the establishment to a current employee who would keep the Eagle intact.

"Unfortunately, the landlord is attempting to force a sale to a new owner who, as we understand it, will dramatically change the bar so it is no longer the Eagle and probably no longer a gay bar," the supervisors write.

Wiener, Kim, and Campos pointed out that the license transfer might not come before the Board of Supervisors, and therefore "we request that SFPD closely scrutinize, consistent with applicable legal standards, any requested liquor license transfer relating to the Eagle to ensure that any such transfer will not harm the LGBT community by putting an end to the Eagle."

Kim, along with Wiener and Campos (both of whom are openly gay), are well aware of how important the Eagle Tavern is to the LGBT community.

"Its loss would be a huge blow," they write. "The Eagle has been a key part of the LGBT community on many levels and has raised millions of dollars over the years for LGBT and HIV service organizations."

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