"Part of San Francisco is disappearing right before your eyes, but behind the backs of fans who love it all around the world," Australian Scott Clarke wrote on Facebook. "On behalf of all those who …keep coming back and all those yet to experience the true soul of your city, please keep fighting the good fight."
When the lease expired March 10, the brothers refused to budge. Handlery moved to evict. As Jim Bovis sat at a table in the back of the bar recently, recounting his sleepless nights, a man in a Yankees cap emerged from the restroom and served him with eviction papers.
While customers at the Gold Dust commiserated over its fate one night last week, Johnny Z and the Camaros prepared to play rock 'n' roll staples — as they've done seven nights a week for about a dozen years. There is no cover charge.
Sara McGee, 24, and Laura Macy, 28, had just befriended a couple visiting from Orlando, Fla. On McGee's first visit, she said, she chose a vacant stool at the Art Deco mahogany bar between a man from Spain and a San Francisco native. The three talked for hours.