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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Closure Double-Whammy: Doc's Clock and Dat Spot

Posted By on Thu, Feb 11, 2016 at 6:15 PM


I hate writing these.

  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Broke-Ass Stuart broke the news time has run out for Doc's Clock (2575 Mission St.). Or, at least, it will in approximately 18 months when the Mission dive's lease runs out. The building's new owner has opted not to renew, which means the neon-lit industry hangout with shuffleboard and Barbie Mutilation Night and slightly passive-aggressive don't-waste-energy warnings on the light switches won't make it out of 2017 alive.

Apart from pleading with the landlord to reconsider, Stuart says that the proprietor is looking to find another home. It's possible: Mission Bar pulled that one off, and maybe there's residual good karma from the Uptown's patron-owners saving the place after Scott Ellsworth's passing and the fact that the Elbo Room is still open in spite of all the valedictories. So ... maybe?

However, over in Potrero Hill, Dat Spot (1453 18th St.) has definitely closed, as Eater noted. The neighborhood-y rotisserie restaurant that I ate at for lunch one day with a friend and subsequently gave the full review treatment to was pretty much all-around delicious, but apparently the whole chicken wasn't good enough to keep things going longer than five months — and as Eater's Stefanie Tuder noted, the Facebook page has already been expunged from the internet. The only silver lining here is that that location probably won't stay vacant very long, and hopefully whatever comes next will have a better name than Dat Spot. Again ... maybe.

We have more than our fair share of closures round these parts, but 2016 is just the year of death, innit?

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Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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