New Tenderloin Theater Complex Moves Forward

Randy Shawbyline‚ Nov. 20‚ 2012

PianoFight is breaking ground on its long planned theater complex/restaurant/bar project at the former home of Original Joe’s on Taylor Street in the Tenderloin. The 5,000 square complex will include rehearsal and office spaces, 54-seat and 96-seat theaters, and a 60-seat restaurant and bar with a full liquor license and a cabaret stage. The complex will resume the site’s 70 year history of drawing people into the Tenderloin, and is a fitting replacement for the still beloved Original Joe’s, which is flourishing in North Beach. The groundbreaking is the latest good news to come to the Tenderloin, as the Hibernia Bank moves toward re-opening, new housing at the former KGO building is nearing completion and the historic Central YMCA opens its doors to residents next month.