UPDATE: Randy Rooster a no-go for old Diesel location

Diesel store with "for lease" sign

Diesel store

Socket Site reported yesterday that plans for the burlesque club that was set to go in at the site of the old Diesel location have been nixed as investors withdrew from escrow earlier this summer. The idea started out as controversial with rumors that it was going to be a run-of-the-mill strip joint, but details quickly snowballed into the final burlesque format. Some of our readers welcomed the idea and format of the club at what many consider “the gateway to the Castro” and others said it would be a bachelorette magnet (and not in a good way).

Readers at Socket Site theorized that the reason the owners gave up their bid to take over and transform the space was due to the negative welcome they received from many residents and the hurdles it would have to go through in order to get a special zoning variance to open as a burlesque club.

For now, the building is back on the market.

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about drag queens, bicycling, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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  1. rblack says:

    I wish the city or someone would buy it and donate it to the community. Imagine the LGBT museum there next to Harvey Milk plaza. Come on rich queens, philanthropize that mutha.

    Some of the other ideas on SS were cool. Like an Abbey-esque bar, restaurant, stage, performance venue. SF doesn’t really have anything like that.

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    • Mark says:

      I would love to see the LGBT museum there, unfortunately I’m not a rich queen, just a working class girl.

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    • SJG says:

      Those are all great ideas. I really think a cabaret where gay performers, comedians, artists are featured would be a great addition to the neighborhood.

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      • Kevin_BGFH says:

        I love, love, love the idea of a cabaret or community theater, but I wonder if that spot is too small? I rather like the idea of the red brick garage (I think?) space on 17th next to Pica Pica.

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  2. The GLBT History Museum would be the best Ambassador at the entrance to the gaybourhood, our community could hope for! Where can I contribute?

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    • Kevin_BGFH says:

      I always thought Harvey Milk’s old camera store, now the site of the HRC Store, would be a great LGBT museum. But this location would be fantastic, too.

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  3. Ferrin says:

    I heard it’s going to be a Starbucks.

    (. . .Just kidding.)

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  4. Mitch Mansfield says:

    I’m still wondering why we hate bachelorettes. How would they destroy the neighborhood? I can’t remember…….

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  5. Peter says:

    I’d like to propose a combination nail salon/dildo shop/cigarette & lottery outlet. That’s what the Castro really needs!

    Either that, or a place where Grindr/Scruff/Growlr addicts could go to plug in their dying phones so they don’t miss a single “woof” or “hey.” I’m sure plenty of them would pay $5 for a quick charge. :)

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  6. Peter says:

    “Look what they did to the Marina.” And QBar, Toad Hall, etc. Now they’re even starting to infiltrate 440. Sigh.

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  7. Peter says:

    But seriously, it would be awesome if that space could become a sort of community center. It could house the GLBT History Museum and a Castro welcome center (in other words, a permanent presence for those helpful folks in the blue t-shirts), and there could be a little venue for talks, art shows, a cappella musical acts, and so on. It could be a satellite of the LGBT Center that no one goes to because it’s too far away from anything.

    But of course it’ll never happen, because we as a society are all too willing to accept that the highest possible use of certain vacant space in our gayborhood is to remain vacant.

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    • rblack says:

      The city chipped in $4.2 million to buy that land in Noe Valley so it could be turned into a park.

      The city can hand over at least that for this space.

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  8. Maureen says:

    Just curious. Did this building used to be a Bank of America? Is it an historic landmark?

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    • SJG says:

      Yes it was originally the Bank of America Building until they moved to their current location. I believe after that it served as a rehearsal space for the Gay Men’s Chorus. The downstairs storefront on Castro was a Noah’s bagels for a while then it was a Sprint store.

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  9. It’s no surprise the investors pulled out. I saw something in the BAR or something that said they had a $15 million dollar plan for purchase and renovation. There is no way a burlesque club could turn a profit after paying that off! And OMG the name was horrid.

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  10. AC94114 says:

    “…the owners gave up their bid to take over and transform the space due to the negative welcome they received from many residents and the hurdles it would have to go through…”

    Yet again, they’ve managed to chase away another business…because apparently that location as an empty space is much more pleasant.

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  11. justin says:

    I have one word everyone can get behind – Arbys.

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  1. February 28, 2014

    […] The iconic building which is located at the seat of the Castro at Market Street was formerly a Diesel store and was rumored to be taken over by many interesting tenants since including Apple and as a burlesque nightclub called Randy Rooster. […]

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