UNCLE DONALD'S CASTRO STREET
Castro Business Ads from the 1970's
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575 Castro Street 1974-1978
Harvey Milk and Scott Smiths' camera shop and political headquarters of the Mayor of Castro Street. They lived above the store. A plaque in the sidewalk marks this historic location. Beneath it are some of Harvey's ashes. In 1978 a huge rent increase forced CASTRO CAMERA to move into a portion of JOHNNY APPLESEED's at 2362 Market, later the home of THE NAMES PROJECT. Harvey and Scott moved to 22 Henry Street.
575 Castro is now The Skin Zone.
415 Castro Street
1970's to early 1980's
now Rococoa Chocolates
460 Castro Street
A donut shop and later an all-night restaurant. Moved around the corner in 1977 to 3991 17th Street and became ORPHAN ANDY'S. WITHOUT RESERVATIONS moved into the Castro location and closed in October 1998. Orphan Andy's is still open.
4122 18th Street
The best liquor store in the neighborhood, conveniently located next to the parking lot on 18th. Moved to Market Street around 1990.
Now Stadtlanders Pharmacy.
East of Castro Club
3968 17th Street
mid to late 1970's
A short-lived all-night sex club. The text of the ad refers to the competition, the Jaguar on 18th and the 1808 on Market at Octavia.
4121 18th Street
Opened in 1975, originally served dinners and weekend brunches. The dining room, known as THE WINCHESTER ROOM, had stained-glass skylights. No longer serving dinner, but it is still THE BADLANDS although it changed ownership in 1999 and is now a hi-tec disco.
449 Castro Street
This ad is from 1969
CORNER GROCERY BAR|
4049 18th Street 1973-1978
a different theme for Castro Street. They played classical music and had a deli counter where you could order sandwiches. Now MOBY DICKS.
CASTRO ROCK STEAM BATHS
582 Castro Street
Destroyed by an early morning fire in March, 1979.
Now WORN OUT WEST
2351 Market Street
An eclectic mix of gift, clothing,
antique shop and art gallery.
A great place to browse.
Very popular logo t-shirts were seen everywhere.
506 Castro Street 1971-
a very popular cruise bar and the world's first video bar. Moved to 4067 18th Street in 1981.
2500 Market Street 1976
A fine Mexican Restaurant with a Carmen Miranda look created in part by local artist Dimitri Kabbaz. The entire ceiling was painted as a sunset desert sky. The restaurant failed for the same reason the previous occupant, WORLD OF SOUND, moved out: the chaos created by construction of the underground Muni Metro station.
The location later became CITY ATHLETIC CLUB.
500 Castro Street 1975-1996
with picture windows looking out on the crossroads of the gay world, 18th and Castro. This VIP Card was good for 10% off on meals.
10 Sanchez Street 1970-1984
An early neighborhood bar catering mostly to leather/motorcycle lesbians at the unlikely location of 10 Sanchez Street. Later the name was changed to SCOTT'S and the doors were open to all until 1984.
Now a corner store
456 Castro Street
replaced BISTRO in 1976
closed in late 1998.
Now The Bar On Castro.
469 Castro Street
A neighborhood bar since 1971, it was very popular with the early morning crowd, openning at 6 AM every day. Although the name was appropriate, it was changed in the mid-1980s to THE SPECIAL. Later became NIGHT SHIFT.
now FUZIO PASTA
2097 Market Street
A festive dance bar on Market at Church. My favorite thing about it was the logo. TOOL BOX and HUSTLE INN followed in the same location, each lasting about a year. Then came JUG'S LIQUORS.
Now another liquor store.
THE TOOL BOX
A short-lived bar on Market at Church, formerly THE NAKED GRAPE (see above). Not to be confused with THE TOOL BOX at 399 4th Street, popular with the South-of-Market SM Leather crowd during the late 60's and early 70's.
Now a liquor store