Fate of Breens restaurant/bar

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I worked at Dun & Bradstreet on 3rd.St. and Mission in 1968. My only return to the neighborhood was 1980, and I believe the sign of "Breens" was still up though the place was long closed. I would appreciate any information on where the famous bar from the establishment now resides, what use the building or site currently enjoys, and what the status of the old high rise at the 3rd/Mission corner where D & B did business is. Many thanks.

-- Mike Thro (JTHRO@AOL.COM), March 21, 2004


"Breen's, 3rd St. nr. Mission. Famous Irish bar for newspapermen.".

-- .... (JTHRO@AOL.COM), March 21, 2004.

From: "10/16 SF Chronicle" Date: Thu Oct 16, 2003 9:20 pm Subject: SF urbanity overcoming "Manhattanization" bogeyman

Published Thursday, October 16, 2003, in the San Francisco Chronicle

A truth that towers far above the city

By John King

When my father retired in 1980, his co-workers way up high in a Montgomery Street tower gave him a framed photograph of a Skid Row bar that no longer existed.

It was Breen's on Third Street near Mission, lionized by Herb Caen in 1949 as "the 'Mark Hopkins' " across the tracks, where "you'll find bums and businessmen ... newspapermen and socialites." And so it went until 1979 -- when Breen's itself went, closed and razed in the name of redevelopment.

-- Terri Alvillar (rosieres@aol.com), March 24, 2004.

Anyone have interior photos of Breen's?collectables of?

-- Jim Freeman (Basebrawl9@aol.com), October 22, 2004.

Anyone have interior photos of Breen's?collectables from?

-- Jim Freeman (Basebrawl9@aol.com), October 22, 2004.

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