Grub Street broke the news last month that a group of new investors including Foreign Cinema partner Bruce McDonald had signed a lease on the former Eagle Tavern property and were working to open a bar and restaurant there. The deal sparked a bit of protest from the gay community, given a lot of deep affection for the former Eagle and its three-decade life as an LGBT venue, and that caught the attention of the Board of Supervisors, who in turn stepped in to delay the liquor license transfer until the new tenants did some more community outreach. Today the Scoop speaks to one of the partners, Anderson Pugash, who sounds like he’s trying to gain some leverage with the landlord by saying that the deal could be kaput unless they’re forgiven some of the rent they’re paying while this liquor license is stalled. “The two-month delay is going to cost someone money,” says Pugash, implying that he and his partners don’t want to shoulder that burden. It’s unclear when or if the Supervisors are going to approve the transfer, so the protesters appear, for now, to possibly be getting their way. [Scoop, Earlier]
It may not go straight after all.