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SF’s Famous Revolving Rooftop Restaurant Is Finally Spinning Again After 17 Years

The former Equinox restaurant atop SF’s Hyatt Regency hosts its grand opening on May 1st
By - posted 4/18/2024 No Comment

Thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle for breaking the news that San Francisco’s famous revolving rooftop restaurant atop Hyatt Regency San Francisco on the Embarcadero is finally reopening.

The former Equinox restaurant opened in 1973 to much fanfare for its futuristic floor which slowly rotated offering panoramic views. Each rotation around was 50 minutes long. However, diners tended to linger too long causing low table turnover. Due to low profitability, the restaurant had its last spin around and its gears came to halt in 2007 when the restaurant closed.

Recently, there was a decision to reopen the rotating restaurant after it sat idle for 17 years. In its last iteration, the space served as a lounge for hotel guests, but after months of trying to get the gears going again, engineers had a breakthrough. Finally, the restaurant is spinning once again.

For now, if you’d like to take a spin around, you’ll have to stay at the hotel as it’s only open to hotel guests. However, the hotel will celebrate with a grand reopening on May 1, 2024 to commemorate the hotel’s 51st birthday. Thereafter, the public will be able to check out the views when it reopens as Club Revolve, a ticketed happy hour venue.

Read the full story at San Francisco Chronicle (h/t SFist)