‘A total loss’: Fire destroys Mission Dist. 113-year-old Double Play Bar & Grill

Lee Heidhues 9.24.2022

This is sad.

 I worked in the neighborhood for 10 years where the Double Play is located. First at an import company, which now houses the San Francisco animal shelter, and later at the Best Foods Mayonnaise production plant at Bryant and Mariposa streets.

Down the street from the Double Play was the Oroweat Bakery store which I shopped at regularly.

Back then it was a working class neighborhood  with rail cars and big rigs delivering and picking up at both the import company and the mayonnaise factory.

Those days are long gone but the Double Play remained. Until today.

The San Francisco Chronicle 9.24.2022

The Double Play Bar & Grill, a beloved watering hole in San Francisco’s Mission District that first opened in 1909, was destroyed by a fire Saturday morning.


Jonathan Baxter, a spokesperson for the San Francisco Fire Department, said the blaze at the landmark establishment on the corner of 16th and Bryant streets started shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday.

The fire resulted in “a total loss” of the three-story building’s ground floor, which housed the Double Play, Baxter said. Video footage from the fire department showed the building’s first floor in flames as firefighters tried to extinguish the fire.

No one was hurt or displaced in the incident, Baxter said, and firefighters put out the blaze before it could spread to the apartments in the building’s two upper floors or adjacent buildings. A photo shared by San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 showed the fire caused exterior damage to at least two apartment units on the second floor.

Firefighters are investigating the fire’s cause.

Double Play Bar II 9.24.2022
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