San Francisco Rose, our neighborhood’s last fern bar, will be shutting its doors sometime in the next 30 to 90 days, according to owner Boo Bradberry. For 40 years, it has been an outpost of the now-defunct fern bar concept, which was designed to attract a different bar crowd in the 1970s with sugary drinks, plants and bright patios, all novelties at the time. The Advocate wrote about the bar and its history last summer.
Though the fern bar trend went out of style in the 1980s, the Rose has held on as a neighborhood bar and karaoke hangout for Lower Greenville. There aren’t many ferns left, minus one houseplant near the door, but this closing is one the neighborhood will mourn.
In brighter news, Unleavened Fresh Kitchen will be expanding its eclectic mix of wraps, salads, breakfast meals and sides to three other locations in the Dallas area. The first will be opening this fall in Southlake, and the other two will be announced in 2018.
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