SF dive bar closes after devastating flood damage


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The Wooden Nickel, at 1900 Folsom St., San Francisco, has officially closed.

The Wooden Nickel, at 1900 Folsom St., San Francisco, has officially closed.

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After a temporary closure caused by damage from flooding during the New Year’s Eve storm, San Francisco Mission dive bar The Wooden Nickel has announced it won’t reopen. Co-owner Nancy Chung shared the news in an update on the bar’s GoFundMe page, as first reported by Broke-Ass Stuart

“It breaks my heart to disclose that the Nickel will not reopen,” read the announcement. “The flood damage to the building opened the door to a massive mold problem in and under the building. The remediation needed will take a considerable amount of time and money and it’s unclear who is responsible for it.”

SFGATE could not reach The Wooden Nickel for comment by publication time.

The Dec. 31 storm hit The Wooden Nickel hard, with several feet of rain and sewage water contaminating inventory and damaging the floors, walls, equipment and furniture. The more than $37,000 raised by the fundraiser went toward rent, paying staff and “hefty legal fees,” according to the post. 

To properly send off The Wooden Nickel, nearby bar Kilowatt is hosting a “Last Hurrah” for the Nickel on Saturday, April 8, at 7 p.m.

“The saddest part to me is going out this way,” wrote Chung in the GoFundMe post. “I would love nothing more than to celebrate and raise a glass with you all. So let’s do it! Just because we can’t do it at the Nickel, doesn’t mean we can’t come together one last time.”

Known for its cheap drinks, pool table and taco Tuesday specials, the Wooden Nickel first opened in early 2016. The space at 1900 Folsom St. was formerly home to the automotive-themed LGBTQ bar Truck. 

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