San Francisco’s Eagle Tavern closes

Two weeks ago, we told you first that Dallas Eagle co-owner Mark Frazier was in negotiations to become co-owner of the landmark San Francisco leather bar Eagle Tavern, and last week we

Mark Frazier

reported that Frazier had dropped his bid to buy the bar because of the landlord’s plan to drastically increase the rent on the property.

Now comes word, via the San Francisco Examiner, that after 30 years, the bar has closed its doors, as of last Saturday night, April 30.

The Examiner reports that bar manager Ron Hennis has “expressed interest in ownership but declined requests for an interview and said in a Facebook message that he won’t discuss ongoing negotiations.”

Read the Examiner’s full report here.

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Dallas Eagle co-owner Mark Frazier said to be in negotiations to buy San Francisco Eagle Tavern

Mark Frazier

Mark Frazier, co-owner of Dallas Eagle, and Ron Hennis, manager of the San Francisco Eagle Tavern, are in negotiations for Frazier to purchase the San Francisco bar from owner John Gardiner, according to the San Francisco LGBT newspaper, Bay Area Reporter.

Dallas Voice hasn’t spoken with Frazier to confirm the report, but the newspaper has an extensive story that includes numerous quotes from Frazier, including one in which Frazier indicates that if the sale goes through, he’ll move to San Francisco. “It’s been a dream of mine for a very long time,” Frazier said.

According to the newspaper, Gardiner decided not to sell to the owner of another bar there, a possibility which had upset some in the LGBT community since it might have meant the Eagle would no longer be a gay bar. Frazier told the newspaper that the only thing holding up the deal right now is that neither Frazier nor Hennis has been able to get in contact with the owner of the property where the SF Eagle is located, John Nikitopoulos.

Mark Frazier has long been a huge asset to Dallas’ LGBT community, and we would hate to lose him to San Francisco. But we certainly don’t want to stand in the way of his dream, either! Here’s wishing you all the best, Mark!

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