Featured Legacy Store: Moby Dick Bar
4049 18th Street
Moby Dick Bar has been closed since March 2020 due to the pandemic and is preparing for the long-awaited reopening! As Sister Dana Van Iquity writes in this issue of the San Francisco Bay Times, this Castro landmark has just added an eye-catching leather jacket mural created by artist Serge Gay Jr. Serge met his husband at the bar over a decade ago.
Moby Dick Bar’s legacy business status is well deserved as it has served as a hangout for decades for those looking for good libations, companionship, entertainment, and more. Called the Corner Grocery Bar from 1973 to 1978, it served opera and classical music for diners who could purchase deli sandwiches. The company then changed hands and name and became Moby Dick Bar in 1979. In the 1980s, it even had its own record label of the same name, which released a number of disco hits.
Current owner Joe Cappelletti took over in 2002 and has created an inviting space that feels like a home away from home for many local guests. But it can also be a place for special occasions. The Bay Times with the San Francisco Lesbian / Gay Freedom Band, for example, had an unforgettable festive Christmas party there a few years ago.
When the Moby Dick Bar reopens – maybe even by the time you read this piece – please visit this friendly destination on the 18th and Hartford. It’s a neighborhood gem that, like many businesses, has been badly hit by the pandemic. The bar’s GoFundMe campaign is just over halfway toward its goal: https://tinyurl.com/64sueyhb
432 Castro Street
Knobs is a San Franicsco-based boutique selling the latest in men’s fashion apparel, shoes and accessories at affordable prices. Her items are all unique and distinctive, from pride / rainbow clothing to steampunk / goth to club / festival wear. In a typical year, customers come from far and wide to find everything they need for Pride festivals, Burning Man, Folsom Street Fair, circuit parties, and more. Go-go guys love this shop, and tourists love to visit unique gay clothes and accessories that are not available at home. Many items are unisex items, so women are also welcome.
Last year, the Knobs employees used their creativity to develop a new line of goods “Made in San Francisco”, which includes face masks and other covers, lounge clothing, shorts, tank tops, outerwear and much more.
Knobs also has a strong online customer base and recently launched a new website that features frequent sales. You Can Get 10% Off When You Mention The San Francisco Bay Times!
558 Castro Street
Fable opened at Castro in 2013 and shows a passion for creating seasonal, accessible and high quality food without the claim (and price) of fine dining. From starter to dessert, the team takes pride in every dish they serve. Fable is considered both the best restaurant on the garden terrace and the best brunch in San Francisco.
There is currently limited seating due to social distancing opportunities. Reservations at this popular restaurant are highly recommended. Note that there is a maximum of six people per table, unless they all come from the same household. However, the garden and terrace are perfect for these times. The secluded back patio is green with overhanging vines, trees, potted plants, frequent warm breezes, and often sunny seating. There you can relax with a glass of beer or wine and one of Fable’s seasonal dishes.
The menu offers delicious comfort food with creative twists. The 10-ounce grilled pork chop, for example, features grilled pineapple, onion rings, and homemade BBQ sauce. For vegans there is a mixed zucchini lasagna with pomodoro sauce with almond mozzarella, homemade noodles, shallots and hearty garlic bread crumbs. Desserts such as Bittersweet Chocolate Mousse, balanced with smoked sea salt, are also first class.
Published on May 20, 2021