The Summer Place Won’t Survive Summer


A bar turned pinball bar in San Francisco’s Lower Nob Hill has quietly, permanently closed. Known as The Summer Place, the location’s landlord wouldn’t negotiate on rent despite the ongoing shutdown, according to Shon Dolcini, a pinball operator who owned most of the machines in the bar.

Hoodline reported that The Summer Place was owned and operated by Suzy Gordon, a bartender since arriving in the city in the early 1980s who bought the bar from a friend in the late ’90s. Grandfathered in as one of the city’s last smoking bars, that was stopped about eight years ago.

It was around that time that Gordon sought out Dolcini, who added several coin-op pinball machines to the small bar, which also had a fireplace and digital jukebox. It ended up becoming a destination for pinball players.

“So sad after 8+ years to pull my machines out,” Dolcini wrote on Instagram (he goes by @sfpinball or you can reach her at


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