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he Gold Dust Lounge breathes again. It wasn’t quite a done deal when the historic bar closed last month, but the lease is now officially signed on the Gold Dust Lounge’s Fisherman Wharf reincarnation. The address, thanks to the ABC, is out, too: 165 Jefferson Street. The facade doesn’t look like much now (disregard the makeshift t-shirt shop), but the Bovis brothers have big plans. At 3,100 square feet, the space is three times the size of the Union Square original. They moved out everything they could from the original space, with plans to reinstall it anew. The ceiling on canvas came down intact, and is currently being cleaned. The bar, stools, tables and booths will make the northern trek. though with the added space, there will be new ones as well. The general layout will be reminiscent of the original, with a stage beyond the bar. The signature marquee will be recreated, simply because a bigger one is needed. Also on the Jefferson Street side will be a new outdoor patio area. And yes, the Western-style doors will be there, too. At this point, the timeline is still murky. The liquor license transfer is expected to take 2-3 months, and then construction will begin after that. With a little luck, it could be open before the end of the year. Stay tuned for more details; in the meantime, here’s a sad photo of the gutted Union Square location of the Gold Dust:

It's rare you get a new lease on life...The new location is the latest--and hopefully last--development in the heated battle between the bar's former landlords and the Gold Dust Lounge and its supporters.

Essentially, the only major changes will be the square footage and address. The liquor license transfer has been submitted and is expected to take two to three months. According to the Chronicle, construction will begin shortly thereafter. The new location is the latest--and hopefully last--development in the heated battle between the bar's former landlords and the Gold Dust Lounge and its supporters. Over the months of controversy surrounding the eviction, the owners tried everything from public intervention to applying for official landmark status to save the historic bar. And though not as originally planned, it sounds like the bar will indeed survive.

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