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1936 - 1999
was a nightclub and bar in San Francisco. First opened in the basement
of 406 Stockton Street as a speakeasy called the 201 Club in 1929,
the club moved upstairs in 1933 with the repeal of prohibition, and
started to offer female impersonation acts; after police raids in
1936, the club relocated to 506 Broadway, above Enricos Café
in North Beach. The term "Finocchio" is Italian for fennel
but is often used as a slang term for homosexual by Italian speakers.
There was little trouble at the club over the years, though military authorities declared Finocchio's "off limits" for selling liquor to WWII military personnel outside of authorized hours. That temporary sanction was lifted New Year's Eve 1943 after Joe Finnochio and other bar owners signed an agreement to limit liquor sales to military personnel to between 5 p.m and midnight. Beer could, however, be sold between 10 a.m. and midnight.
Finocchio's was a favorite tourist spot in San Francisco from the 1930s to the 1990s, but as cross-dressing became less unusual, the crowds dwindled.
The nightclub was the long-time venue of LaVerne Cummings, and Lucian Phelps, the legendary "Male Sophie Tucker," who appeared there for 27 years.
Eve Finocchio, widow of the founder, decided to close the club in late 1999 because of a major rent increase and dwindling attendence. The club closed November 27, 1999. Beat poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti's only comment upon hearing of the closure was:"What a drag."
below, drink menu / flyer from Finocchio's
Postcard (circa 1974), Left to right: The Eve-ettes (in green),
Below, Finocchio's entrance, photo courtesy of Mister SF , Check out his neat site!
Below, 1958 photo