Doc’s gets clocked over sign
May 27, 2017
UPDATE 4 p.m.: In an email this afternoon, Doc’s Clock owner Carey Suckow said she has no idea what her landlord’s plans are for the sign but that something similar will be built at the new space. Suckow also provided some background on the fabulous neon marquee:
In 1951, The Clock Tavern began operating at 2575 Mission
Street with Angelo & JN Nichols listed as owners. In 1961, a dentist
named Ralph Mancuso bought the bar. He was the “Doc” and changed the name of the bar to Doc’s Clock. He created the marquee that lights up Mission Street today.
ORIGINAL POST: Doc’s Clock plans to move to a new location in July, taking its shuffleboard and dive-ish vibe along. But, sadly, its iconic sign won’t be coming with.
Bar owner Carey Suckow confirmed yesterday that the bar’s sign — a neon beauty with “Doc’s Clock,” “cocktail time” and martini glasses on it — will be staying at 2575 Mission Street with her current building’s landlord after the bar lost its fight to keep it. It’s unclear what plans exactly the property owner has for the sign — including whether “Doc’s Clock” will remain on the front of the building. In April, Inside Scoop reported that Leticia Luna plans to combine the space with a storefront next door and that it will have a restaurant tenant.
Still, Suckow was optimistic about her new space at 2417 Mission St.
“Unfortunately, we just learned that the sign will not be coming with us,” she wrote in an email to Capp Street Crap. “We are saddened by this loss of our history, but we will rebuild one and it will be even better.”
I have reached out to Suckow for more details. In the meantime, check out the bar’s Facebook page, which will have updates on their move. The bar will close at its current location on June 3, and, if everything goes as planned, reopen at the new location in early July.
[Photo by Thomas Hawk/Flickr]