dalycup.jpgThis is a real heartbreaker, folks: Chris Daly says his much-publicized purchase of a Market Street bar is not going to happen.

The District 6 supervisor broke the news to us this morning over the phone (roughly 10 hours after he texted us right around last call, on an unrelated matter). Two reasons conspired to fell the soon-to-be-termed-out ethnic Irish politician’s cliched purchase of a bar and grill: one, his would-be landlord balked at the idea of financially assisting in an extensive remodel. Two, the landlord also balked at promising Daly friendly terms on an extended lease, wanting instead to “work it out later.” Not exactly what you want to hear when embarking on a $250,000 (or so) investment.

So rather than spruce up someone else’s property for free only to be evicted later, Daly is abandoning the deal.

“There was just no certainty,” Daly told us. This could change again, if the landlord has an 11th-hour change of heart. “That’d be great if it happens,” Daly said, “but I’m not expecting it.”

There’s certainly some irony in the situation: a former tenant activist-turned-landlord having problems with a landlord; a longtime enemy of the Chamber of Commerce learning how hard it is to do business in San Francisco.

Daly saw it differently. “What’s ironic is that if [the Southern California-based landlord] was a big corporate property management company [that put everything in writing], I wouldn’t be having this problem,” he said. “With small landlords, there are idiosyncrasies… things need to click, and it just didn’t.”

This means that Daly now needs to end the escrow process and also halt the transference of the liquor license, meaning he’s out money no matter what. More pressing is the fact that he’s termed out of his $100,000 supervisor seat in January… and doesn’t have a job.

The bar idea is still his main focus. “I’ll look around and hopefully I can find a better space,” he told us. If not? “I gotta figure something out. Somehow I don’t think blogging will pay the bills.”

Especially not now, when we no longer have somewhere to drink for free. We’re fucked.

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  • robotsongs

    Frankly I’m glad.

    Buck’s is great as the dirty, tacky dive bar that it is. The place doesn’t need a remodel, it just needs a quieter PA for the god awful quiz-night hosts.

    Daly coming in would have put yet another off-the-beaten-path dive bar out of business and replaced it with another one of those too-swank-for-you “brew houses” that goes under within two years.

    Welcome to San Francisco business, Chris.

  • robotsongs

    Frankly I’m glad.

    Buck’s is great as the dirty, tacky dive bar that it is. The place doesn’t need a remodel, it just needs a quieter PA for the god awful quiz-night hosts.

    Daly coming in would have put yet another off-the-beaten-path dive bar out of business and replaced it with another one of those too-swank-for-you “brew houses” that goes under within two years.

    Welcome to San Francisco business, Chris.

  • generic

    Son, I am disappoint.

  • generic

    Son, I am disappoint.

  • Greg Dewar

    I care as much about Chris Daly’s plight post-City Hall as he does about me. I.e. DO NOT CARE

  • Greg Dewar

    I care as much about Chris Daly’s plight post-City Hall as he does about me. I.e. DO NOT CARE

  • allysoneb

    I think he still owes drinks to 10 people, myself included.

  • allysoneb

    I think he still owes drinks to 10 people, myself included.

  • Jimbo

    Maybe he’ll have better luck opening a bar in Fairfield.

  • Jimbo

    Maybe he’ll have better luck opening a bar in Fairfield.

  • DT

    There are no microscopes powerful enough to visualize the tiny violin now playing for Daly.

  • DT

    There are no microscopes powerful enough to visualize the tiny violin now playing for Daly.

  • Chrisg

    Don’t Supes make 90k?

  • Chrisg

    Don’t Supes make 90k?

  • GlenParker

    Or maybe it is just a small time property owner-you know the kind that Daly’s leftist politics totally screwed-getting in a well deserved F you to the carpetbagging punk.

  • GlenParker

    Or maybe it is just a small time property owner-you know the kind that Daly’s leftist politics totally screwed-getting in a well deserved F you to the carpetbagging punk.

  • AC34inSF

    lol

  • AC34inSF

    lol

  • modelenoir

    i am bummed out. i was wishing him well. even haters gotta admin that this would have been a fun thing to watch play out.

    and i was on the free drinks list… dammit.

  • modelenoir

    i am bummed out. i was wishing him well. even haters gotta admin that this would have been a fun thing to watch play out.

    and i was on the free drinks list… dammit.

  • pchas

    How sad. I was looking forward to throwing a drink in his face …

  • pchas

    How sad. I was looking forward to throwing a drink in his face …

  • baba

    As a person who lives in district 6 and around the corner from Buck’s I am breathing a great sigh of relief. Who in the F— wants this as—– to continue to infect the city with his self serving selfish bull—-. Maybe he can get a job cleaning up the human sh– that is in every alley around the neighborhood. I am sure it doesn’t pay a 100k a year but it might give him some drinking money. He has been an embarrassment and a disappointment to all of us who voted for him the first time. What a child, go back to Fairfield where I am sure they will embrace you. Dumb—-

  • baba

    As a person who lives in district 6 and around the corner from Buck’s I am breathing a great sigh of relief. Who in the F— wants this as—– to continue to infect the city with his self serving selfish bull—-. Maybe he can get a job cleaning up the human sh– that is in every alley around the neighborhood. I am sure it doesn’t pay a 100k a year but it might give him some drinking money. He has been an embarrassment and a disappointment to all of us who voted for him the first time. What a child, go back to Fairfield where I am sure they will embrace you. Dumb—-