When Lexington Club shuttered in May, the city lost its last definitive lesbian bar. Now, taking over that space is Wildhawk, which, while will not be a lesbian bar, is modeling its concept after a woman.
Ken Luciano and Jacques Bezuidenhout, the team behind SoMa’s Forgery, were inspired by Lola Montez, a San Francisco dancer in the 1800s who was apparently known around town as a "wild hawk" (which we’re guessing meant badass back in those days). Luciano and Bezuidenhout are overseeing the drink program — which will be globally-influenced — and daily operations, though the bar is owned by Hillary and Gavin Newsom's PlumpJack Group (MatrixFillmore, Balboa Café). Jay Jeffers is designing the 49-person-capacity space with bold touches like patterned black and white wallpaper and emerald green furniture.
Wildhawk is set to open mid-March at 3464 19th St., seven nights a week.