Last night was the 90th birthday party for North Beach institution Tosca Café
(242 Columbus at Jack Kerouac Alley). By 6:30 p.m., the bar was crowded with silver-haired neighborhood denizens, journalists, and the local culterati
(George Lucas, Carol Shorenstein Hays, Ward and Claudia Bushee, David Wiegand, etc.), as well as younger, leather-clad actor/dancer types. The $5 Anchor Steams were popular; so was a blend of cappuccino, chocolate, and brandy. The free spread included focaccia, olives, figs, tangerines, cured meats, and cheese.
Tosca owner Jeannette Etheredge glowed as she received a City proclamation from Mayor Gavin Newsom. She immediately took to the dance floor with friends, jamming to live music. Etheredge took over the bar in 1980. Since then, Tosca's not-so-secret backroom has welcomed Hollywood types of the likes of Sean Penn, Warren Beatty, Johnny Depp, and Clive Owen, to Pulitzer winners and international ballerinas. Ah, San Francisco. More pics after the jump.