Oakland Dive Bar “Stork Club” Closes After 102 Years
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Sad news from SF Gate that the Stork Club, the longstanding Oakland dive bar operating since 1918 has closed.
One of the Bay area’s longest-running venues from bluegrass to punk to indie rock has closed its doors after 102 years. A fundraising campaign “Save the Stork Club” via GOFUNDME was created last April 24, 2020 in an effort to save the legendary club.
Yesterday, Stork Club Oakland posted on their Facebook page a farewell message that says, “well folks…that’s IT…end of an era & another nail in the coffin of Rock ‘n Roll”.
It was also confirmed by Eater SF that due to the Coronavirus shutdown, not having any revenue in the last few months and rent was too much for it to survive.
But every cloud (hopefully) has a silver lining, reporter Darwin BondGraham tweeted that according to Stork Club manager Tom Chittock, “the club isn’t dead, but it does need to move,” They hope to find a new space and reopen someday.
Stork Club’s Music, Booze, and all the trouble you can shake a stick at will truly be missed. Help them reopen, “Save the Stork Club” via GOFUNDME.
— Eater SF (@eatersf) May 20, 2020
Stork Club manager Tom Chittock says the club isn’t dead, but it does need to move. Rent got to be too much during the shutdown. They hope to find a new space and reopen someday.
— Darwin BondGraham (@DarwinBondGraha) May 20, 2020