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Last-minute talks could save SF queer institution

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Supporters of the Eagle Tavern protest its planned closure outside City Hall on April 12
PHOTO BY EMILY APPELBAUM

If anything, the week of demonstrations has drawn San Francisco's queer community closer. And there is hope that the crowd can stay together in the spot they claimed for themselves. One white-horse possibility is Mark Frazier, owner of a Dallas bar also named the Eagle — and also home to a leather crowd.

Seth Munter of Herth Realty in San Francisco said Frazier has been eyeing the SF Eagle for more than a year, and that he is "interested and able to participate in continuing the Eagle as it has been, either with partners or on his own."

Reached by phone in Dallas, Frazier told us he's dreamt of the business since before his own Eagle took flight in 1995. "I think the San Francisco Eagle has a lot of history and a core base of support," he said. "Any time you go into a business with so much support, it's going to be successful."

Frazier stressed that like the SF original, his Eagle has raised substantial sums for charity. Though he acknowledged that the bottom line of all businesses is to make money, "the successful ones continue to give back to the community — and not only monetarily."

So far, Frazier said he has "exchanged e-mails with the powers that be" and that he is confident the Eagle's troubles stem from a "communication gap" he could help fix.

Hennis expressed hope about the possibility of working with Frazier in addition to pursuing other options like historical preservation.

Demonstrators have penned more than 100 hand-written letters to the Historic Preservation Commission urging it to assign the Eagle landmark status. Commissioner Alan Martinez said such a process could cost thousands of dollars and would not "grant the right to dictate businesses or tenants."

Still, he announced publicly that giving the building historic status is not "about turning the city into a museum — it's about our history."

Though landmark status protects the physical property, it would also provide legitimacy, an instantaneous way to tell the building's story and bind the community together. And no matter what happens with the sale of the Eagle, that's one possibility that flies.

 

Comments

History, sounds more like property theft. If the particular community or interest group values the space so much why not buy it?

Posted by Guest on Apr. 20, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

By coming to its events (including the hallowed Sunday beer bust) than by writing letters and issuing proclamations. If they all love the Eagle so much then why have none of them (outside of Leno) ever been there?

Posted by Lucretia Snapples on Apr. 21, 2011 @ 12:08 pm

I can verify as fact that Scott Weiner has been at the Eagle Tavern more than once. I published a photo of the tall and handsome man and published it before he announced his campaign to run for public office. He was there and having fun with the others, not as a ploy to get votes, but as a man who was there with the common interest of the others there. I have a copy of the photo if needed and it is clear that he was there and not somewhere else because of the background in the photo. Hugs. Yours,
Dave Rhodes, Editior, The Leather Journal

Posted by Guest Dave Rhodes, The Leather Journal on Apr. 25, 2011 @ 8:48 am

Scott Weiner has appeared at the Eagle Tavenr, I tok a photo of him there and published it some time before he announced his intentions to run for public office. He was there as a patron having fun with everyone else and not with a political motive.

Yours,
Dave Rhodes,
Publisher and editor,
The Leather Journal

Posted by Guest Dave Rhodes, The Leather Journal on Apr. 25, 2011 @ 8:50 am

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