San Francisco’s Gold Dust Lounge, the Union Square drinking establishment that is being evicted from its current Powell Street home, is closing tonight.
But not forever, according to Lee Houskeeper, a publicist for the bar.
The bar’s owners, James and Tasios Bovis, plan to recreate the Gold Dust Lounge piece by piece in a larger space in Fisherman’s Wharf, he said.
Houskeeper said he cannot yet disclose the exact location, for which a lease is still in the works.
He said “we don’t expect a problem,” but said he could not say exactly where it will be until the ink on the lease dries, which he hopes will happen before an afternoon news conference scheduled for today, he said.
“There’s a lot of moving parts,” Houskeeper said.
Work to be done includes stripping the existing space of its furnishings and decorations and reinstalling the items in the new space.
The process, which will get under way Thursday, is expected to take about four months, according to Houskeeper.
“I think people are grateful that the place is going to exist … and that the Bovises are going to spend all this time to recreate the thing that they love,” Houskeeper said of the bar’s loyal patrons.
Fans of the establishment created a grassroots movement in support of the bar that ultimately failed to keep it in its current location.
In the meantime, Houskeeper said, the Bovis family will set up a temporary Gold Dust Lounge in a back room at Lefty O’Doul’s, which it also owns.