The Doc will see you now: Mission dive bar open in new location

The Doc is officially in. After losing its lease and iconic sign, Doc’s Clock has reopened in its new Mission Street digs.

Tonight marks the bar’s official opening at 2417 Mission near 20th Street, although owner Carey Suckow wrote in an email that the bar quietly opened last week.

Started in 1951 and christened Doc’s Clock ten years later, the bar was forced to close last month after the new owner of its old building, 2575 Mission near 22nd, opted not to renew its lease. Negotiations with the landlord to bring the bar’s neon marquee also proved unsuccessful.

Suckow said the bar’s interior remains a work in progress. The bar’s shuffleboard made the two-block move on Saturday as noted by another Doc on Twitter:

Want to check the new space for yourself? Doc’s opens today at 5 p.m.

That’s the spirit: Zeitgeist seeking license to expand

Already ample with a big backyard full of picnic tables, Zeitgeist wants to give you more to love.

The Valencia Street beer garden has applied to expand its liquor license to include a neighboring building purchased by the bar’s owners in 2016. A former sheet metal shop, 80 Duboce Ave. backs onto Zeitgeist’s backyard. Think the wall painted with tipsy pink elephants.

A yellow California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control notice was recently put up in Zeitgeist’s front window, where it will remain for the 30-day approval period.

Angela Scott, one of the bar’s managers, said the adjacent building is about the size of Zeitgeist’s backyard, though plans are far from fleshed out in terms of what will be done with the space.

“We’re excited to see what happens,” she said. “Stay tuned.”

Whatever transpires, it’s a fair guess that it won’t encroach on the bar’s sun-soaked outdoor space. Zeitgeist fought plans to build condos across the street, arguing that they would cast a shadow over the beer garden and hurt business. In February, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted to reduce the height of the proposed five-story development by five feet.

[Top photo by torbakhopper/Flickr]

Hallelujah! The Lost Church gets permit OK

The Lost Church is one step closer to getting the city’s blessing.

At its meeting on June 22, the San Francisco Planning Department approved a permit to legalize the cozy Capp Street theater and music spot. Owners Brett and Elizabeth Cline, who have put three years of work into the effort, still have to get the approval of the Entertainment Commission and meet other requirements.

Since opening in February 2011, The Lost Church, at 65 Capp Street, has put on multimedia theater shows, book readings, movie screenings and hosted numerous live music shows. Designed by the late conceptual artist David Ireland, the space was previously permitted as a live-work space but has served as an artist studio or performance space for decades.

Though the Clines still have hurdles to clear, prospects for the theater look good. In materials submitted for last week’s meeting, the Planning Department noted that there was no record of opposition to the permit and that the site has been a performance space for 20 years with no history of complaints.

Although a hearing before the Entertainment Commission has not yet been scheduled, The Lost Church is compiling letters of support. If you’re interested in submitting one, send it to

[Photo via The Lost Church’s Facebook page]

OverDOOing it?

So we don’t really know for sure whether this angry car owner wrote part of this garage door screed in poop or not. (It kinda looks that way, and it does read “caca.”)

A few things are clear however: Someone, who got their small car towed, thinks the owner of this Capp Street garage is a really bad person and, well, parking in the city is some serious business.

[Photo by Nadia Drake]

“Francisca’s” restaurant opening in former Palace space

More than a year after a fire shuttered the restaurant and damaged apartments above it, the owners of The Palace are opening a new restaurant in the space.

Francisca’s, named after owner/chef Manny Torres Gimenez’s grandma, is expected to officially open around July 15, although a soft opening is going on right now. The restaurant is at 3047 Mission St., at Cesar Chavez.

Gimenez said the two-alarm fire on Dec. 10, 2015 gave he and his wife, General Manager Katerina De Torres,  “an opportunity to build everything from scratch for the first time in our restaurateur career and reinvent ourselves.

“The year and a half that we were remodeling we got a chance to travel around the world and got inspired by many dishes and we decided to add breakfast, lunch, dinner to the menu,” he wrote in an email. In addition, there is also a tasting menu option, a la carte menu, and also family style option.

The restaurant’s website offers this description: “We are farm to table restaurant, Californian cuisine and we pair with international and local beers and wine for a reasonable price.” You can check out Francisca’s menu here.

[Photo by Eric D]

Doc’s gets clocked over sign

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]

Doc’s Clock moving forward — to new Mission Street digs


Time is ticking for the Mission’s beloved Doc’s Clock – in its current location, at least.

Mission Mission reported Tuesday that there were just 10 more days before the bar shuts its doors at 2575 Mission Street, a timeline that was confirmed  in an email to CSC from the bar’s owner, Carey Suckow. Suckow said that the bar will close at its current location on June 3, and, if everything goes as planned, reopen at 2417 Mission St. on July 1.

The bar, which is moving because the owner of the current building decided not to renew Suckow’s lease, is already taking shape at its new location near 20th Street.docs2

No word yet on whether Doc’s will take its iconic sign with it. When I emailed Suckow last month, she said she was still negotiating with the building’s new owner, who wants to keep the sign there. I sent Suckow an email Tuesday asking for an update on the sign issue but have not heard back yet.

[Top photo by Sean Davis/Flickr. Second photo via Doc’s Facebook Page]

Couching this in strong terms: Delusional.


If trying to offload your slobber-stained mattress through NextDoor wasn’t bad enough, a guy named Alex is hoping to sell his couch for a tidy sum after abandoning it at 15th and Dolores streets.

A sign taped to the furniture requests a mere $450 in exchange for the bright red sofa’s currently missing cushions. Friend of CSC Josh said the couch has been there for days before he added his own commentary on Monday.


Unbelievable offer aside, I’m going to guess the couch is still available – and properly seasoned.

[Photos by ellngsn]

See where this is headed


Capp Street is the worst babysitter. Seriously.

Nice rack! BART installing new system to thwart bike thefts


BART is considering high-tech means to ensure its riders’ locked bikes stay put.

The transit agency is getting ready to test out a new high-security bike rack inside the 16th and Mission station that will allow users to secure their bikes with a swipe of their Clipper cards. A solar-powered version of the system is also being installed outside the Pleasant Hill station.

Billed as better than u-locks, the Bikeep system is equipped with an alarm and an electronic alert, both of which are triggered if someone tries to steal the bike, as well as a galvanized steel bar that locks to the frame and wheel.

“We’ll get feedback from users and see how they perform in the field,” Steve Beroldo, BART’s manager for access programs, wrote in an email.

“Theft is a concern at all BART stations and pretty much anywhere else in the Bay Area where one leaves a bike parked for significant periods of time,” he added. “BART has a number of programs and policies in place to try and deter theft.”

The smart racks will have 10 spaces that are free to use but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Users will be required to first do a quick one-time registration online.

BART is still finishing up some signage, an instructional video and some electrical work, but the project should go live sometime before the end of the month, Beroldo said.