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Bloodhound Guys' New Castro Bar Will Be Called Churchill

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The exterior is now paved with slats from a 100-year-old Canadian barn.
The exterior is now paved with slats from a 100-year-old Canadian barn.

Mike Goebel, Anthony Healy-London and Darren Brunson, a.k.a. the guys who own Bloodhound and Double Dutch, have been working on the former Bar on Church corner spot for several months now. And they're almost ready for the big reveal on Churchill, their new bar named for none other than Sir Winston himself. The booze program will mirror Bloodhound's in its depth with ten beers on tap—the majority of them from California—and a good, regularly changing cocktail program. There will be a jukebox and a pool table to round out the entertainment.

The owners teamed up with the same woman that helped with Bloodhound's design, Lauren Geremia of Geremia Designs, to completely gut out the disco balls, mirrored walls and stripper poles of yore. In its place, they've put down slats of wood and siding reclaimed from a 100-year-old Canadian barn along with touches of leather, canvas and steel. They also blew out additional windows to bring more light into the space.

"This won't look like another Bloodhound," says Goebel. "We're going in an early World War II direction, staying with the Churchill theme." There will be a lounge area with couches in front, community seating for about 20 in the middle of the bar and a huge bar on the back wall with steel shelving behind it. Goebel also mentions "cool custom lighting," including several blown-glass chandeliers and a Venetian glass wall treatment. The same woman who did the mural at Bloodhound will create a custom piece for the hallway, but the guys wouldn't tell us if she plans to put a bird on it. Churchill should open up in about two weeks.

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