One of the men’s wives was Irish, and she persuaded the duo to incorporate the bar’s Irish heritage into their new plans.

As a result, Cha Cha Cha/Original Mc Carthy’s was born, blending the owners’ cultural traditions with the existing fabric.

In addition to the growing business, the Elkins owned the adjacent boatyard, then known as Smith Rice Marine Maritime Construction.

The growing business earned its name from the quiet, yet well-traveled spot from where fishermen would launch their boats.

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Know of a business that hasn’t been included yet, but should be? Thank you to San Francisco’s Cyrus Noble Bourbon Whiskey for its generous support of “Legacy Bars & Restaurants”!

For generations, San Francisco has been home to a thriving landscape of neighborhood businesses that occupy an essential role in the stories and rituals that define the city.

These bars, restaurants, cafés, and other places have attracted locals and visitors alike for a taste of the city’s unique character and sense of community.

Denis Mc Carthy, an Irish immigrant from County Cork, was among the first proprietors in San Francisco to legally pour alcohol after the repeal of Prohibition on December 5, 1933.

For generations, the bar was an epicenter of the neighborhood’s Irish community, known for serving stiff Irish coffees and Guinness Stout.

Heritage has inducted 100 restaurants and bars into the initiative during the first three rounds, with over 140 establishments eligible to be added over time.