"He saw an opportunity to start his own business here," Thirkield said. "He blew up that entire deal."
Now, the Eagle has been given notice to shut down by the owner, reportedly a thirtysomething resident of Santa Rosa who inherited the property from family. Asked last night whether there was any hope in keeping the place open after the end of this month, Gardiner said simply, "I don't think so." He said the owner refused last year to lease the property to Hennis and Thirkield -- but was apparently willing to lease it to the owner of the Skylark, a bar on 16th Street between Valencia and Mission.
That bad news didn't stop the hundreds of leather-clad men and rock 'n' rollers from coming out last night to try to keep the Eagle alive. The passionate meeting saw participants shouting ideas for stopping the closure, including a "sleep-out" near the venue, and showing up at the landlord's house. Afterwards, about 30 supporters marched to 16th and Mission toward the Skylark.