Lisa Frances glides up and down the narrow length of the bar; stopping frequently to fix a drink, crack a joke, or kiss a patron.
Walking into Doc’s Clock on Mission street feels like walking into an old friend’s home. Cartoons play on the tube and you are immediately greeted by the bartender.
She knows everyone; there’s Tom the Navy veteran who has been coming to Doc’s almost every day since moving to The Mission 17 years ago. Then there’s Erin Mcguire, who regularly checks in at Doc’s after work with her dog Chupy. Chupy, a scruffy former stray sits at the bar and is served a shot glass of doggie treats.
“This is not like your run-of-the-mill dive; It’s the people that give it it’s charm and energy,” Mcguire said.
Both Mcguire and Tom, like many others that frequent the watering hole, are crushed to know that come summer 2017, the historic bar will close.
The bar’s lease expires in a little less than a year and the owner of the building, Leticia Luna a local restaurateur, will not be renewing.
Her plans for the space are unconfirmed, though judging by her former business endeavors, Doc’s Clock may end up turning into a more upscale restaurant.
For Tom, although tragic, this news is not unexpected with all the changes The Mission is going through.
“I’m kinda immune to it, this stuff’s been happening for a while now” Tom said, “I see it all around.”
Doc’s Clock joins a string of beloved Mission District businesses dealing with the pressures of gentrification.
Namely, the Elbo Room on Valencia has been fighting for its place in the neighborhood and just miraculously secured a lease renewal until January of 2018.