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Favorite Mission District Dive and Legacy Business the Uptown Is Closing

The nearly 40-year-old dive bar will close after its lease runs out in early 2024

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Lauren Saria is the editor of Eater SF and has been writing about food, drinks, and restaurants for more than a decade.

The Uptown, a nearly 40-year-old dive bar on the corner of 17th and Capp streets, will close after the business’s lease runs out in early January 2024, Mission Local reports. The bar has been in operation since Christmas Day 1984, the outlet reports. It was purchased by a group of former employees following the sudden death of the original owner Scott Ellsworth in 2014.

Shae Green, one of the bar’s seven worker-owners, tells Mission Local the impacts of the pandemic have resulted in the decision to shut down. Though the Uptown benefitted from a number of federal and city-level pandemic-era assistance programs, sales haven’t rebounded to pre-pandemic levels — even as rent remains high and other business costs have gone up. “There’s no more miracle money left,” Green tells the outlet.

The bar is designated as a Legacy Business through a city program intended to “maintain San Francisco’s cultural identity and to foster civic engagement and pride by assisting long-operating businesses to remain in the city.” However, recent reporting from the San Francisco Chronicle finds all of the program’s funds released between the summers of 2022 and 2023 — a total of $751,491 — has gone to landlords rather than small business owners.

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