Seemingly on the rocks, Daly lands license for bar

Termed-out Supervisor Chris Daly is fixing to lift your holiday spirits from the other side of the bar this year.

Progressive politicians might be toasting the end his tenure at his new watering hole after Daly secured the liquor license for Buck Tavern at Market and Gough streets Tuesday, despite rumors that the plan was kaput.

Daly, who has represented the surrounding South of Market and Upper Market neighborhood at City Hall for a decade, is a co-owner with Ted Strawser, a “fun” and “financial” guy, he said.

He said they plan to reopen the bar opposite from Zuni Cafe as soon as Tuesday after a brief holiday hiatus.
“It’s not a done deal yet, but it should be by later [Thursday] afternoon,” Daly said. “I have to meet the current owner, take inventory, do the final check-off.”

He initially spread the word in October about his plot to take over the tavern, but killed the idea over discrepancies about the lease.  

And though “buck” rhymes with the infamously foul-mouthed supervisor’s favorite word, Daly said he plans to rename it something along the lines of Daly’s Dive Bar and Grill.

They plan to make “minimal” changes to the dim-lit billiard bar that serves burgers, tacos and booze until the grand opening in February.

Food blog Grub Street San Francisco was the first to report on the issuance of Daly’s liquor license, which, according to the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, expires at the end of November.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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