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An Iconic Castro Corner Bar Will Live Again as a Tremendous New Restaurant and Nightclub

Harvey’s and Elephant Walk will flip into Brut Bar, Bites & Nightclub in 2024

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Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

There’s a huge new bar and restaurant inbound to the Castro area from a crew of neighborhood industry veterans. Brut Bar, Bites & Nightclub will rise out of the ashes left behind by bar Harvey’s and restaurant Elephant Walk, combining 500 Castro Street and 504 Castro Street into one enormous space with two floors of food, drinks, and dancing. The San Francisco Business Times reports Brut comes from longtime Beaux general manager and co-founder Joshua Cook and two more Beaux alum, bar manager Alexis Lucero and assistant manager Matthew Mello.

There’s plenty of construction and remodeling in store for the 3,172-square-foot project, so the tentative open date isn’t until late 2024. The hope is for Brut to serve as a daytime option for food, opening at 11 a.m., and to offer trivia and karaoke on weeknights before the weekend festivities begin. It’s not lost on the new owners that this is the same site where police broke into Elephant Walk during the 1979 White Night Riots, attacking patrons of the restaurant. “We truly believe and intend we’ll be changing the footprint of the Castro,” Cook told the Business Times.

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