Mission Hill Saloon ‘Reverse Gentrifies,’ Regulars Return

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Grub Street Photo: The newly re-renamed Mission Hill Saloon.

Last winter we brought you the news of a change of ownership at longtime Potrero dive, the Mission Hill Saloon (491 Potrero at Mariposa). The team behind Dear Mom and Thieves Tavern took the place over, spiffed it up with some new lighting and reclaimed wood, and rechristened it The Unresolved Love Life of Evelyn Lee — a name that had something to do with a friend named Evelyn Lee, and which annoyed the regulars at the bar to no end. Now Uptown Almanac reports on the "the first case of a neighborhood bar reverse gentrifying in a long, long time," in which said regulars and some former bartenders and staff have returned and bought back the bar, after the new owners failed to bring in enough of a new clientele to survive. And they shot some video as they pulled the Evelyn Lee signage down, and made jokes about pooping on it. [Uptown Almanac]