March 28, 2008
San Fran's Last Supper Club Hangs its Hat
I just discovered that San Francisco's Last Supper Club is now closed -- permanently. I went to its Valencia Street home a few weeks ago and a sign said that it will re-open this week after a series of renovations.
I called today to make a reservation for a girl's night and the 'new owner' answered the phone. New owner? You never want to hear that message from a place you feel connected to, your local hang out.
Due to re-open on April 1 under a new name (Italian sounding name which I forgot - I was too busy processing the fact that there's no more Last Supper Club), he tells me, "we've added a pizza oven." "A pizza oven?" I say in disbelief. Now that's a new concept that Americans are not used to, is unique and something to look forward to. You've got to be kidding.
He was friendly enough and clearly wanted my business, especially after I told him it was an old local haunt. I asked about ambience change. Silence. Of course there's ambience change. It's under new management.
What made Last Supper Club special was its bohemian feel; its local energy that made you feel like you were walking into a community bar, yet one without a television screen and that bare bones choice of deep fried food, bar food and pizza.
The bartender gave you samples, they had 'healthy' snacks for free during Happy Hour, once a week two for ones, Italian wine tasting, half priced wine bottle nights, they brought in a live Jazz band that you didn't have to pay to listen to, the bar energy was great as were the prices.
I'll really miss my old haunt and can only hope that the new management 'gets' the sauce that the Last Supper Club had and keeps some of it, including the community ambience and its reasonable prices. A pizza oven?
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