First at 441 Pine
And then at Golden Gate and Van Ness:
And now at Market Center:
When will the next domino fall?
I guess people went here for Prom Night? Anyway, they’re super nostalgic for our one and only formerly revolving restaurant.
“It’s been gone since May of 2007 and still there are reviews pouring in.”
Not much has changed since it closed. Here’s an update from 2009. And here’s how it looks now:
One supposes the scaffolding has nothing to do with getting the thing to revolve again. Our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero sends workers up there to work on the famous Embarcadero Center Christmas / holiday lights sometimes. It looks like this:
But see for yourself – Time After Time was a horrible 1979 movie that you could have shot yourself. Check it out starting at 57:50. See? That was the Equinox.
(But don’t pay attention to the clumsy edits as you see the same background over and over.)
In mitigation, TAT was filmed on location, so it’s got that going for it:
Time After Time was filmed throughout San Francisco, including Cow Hollow, North Beach, the Hyatt Regency hotel, California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, the Marina District, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Richmond District, the Golden Gate Bridge, Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill, the Embarcadero Center, Chinatown, the Marina Green, the Palace of Fine Arts, Potrero Hill, and the Civic Center.
So that’s your update.
Oh, you can still go up there, but you have to pay a lot of money and be a hotel guest at the time. Or you have to make friends with a hotel guest and then pay $35 per visit.
Hey, how much would it take to get this place revolving as a restaurant again? Millions and millions prolly…
Here’s your “brutal architecture” from architect John Portman over at the Hyatt Regency Embarcadero. Well, part of it, anyway.
The no-longer-revolving site of the former Equinox Restaurant:
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(Yes, they leave their Christmas lights, oh, I’m sorry, “holiday” lights up all year ’round, a practice considered “tacky” where I’m from.)
The whole place is nothing but concrete, plus some tiles on the floor.
This the lobby from above – tile everywhere:
But see what the employees have done? They’ve laid down some carpeting, you know, to ease the pain, the brutality:
(Especially when there’s water on the floor on a rainy day, you can’t really tell that you’re inside a building. Some guests don’t like that.)
Anyway, all the deets:
“This seminal 20-story gray concrete structure—designed by influential architect John Portman, who launched the trend toward indoor-outdoor hotel environments—is the focal point of the Embarcadero Center, where more than 100 shops and restaurants cater to the Financial District. The spectacular 17-story atrium lobby (listed by Guinness World Records as the largest hotel lobby in the world)…”
“Cozy” this place is not.
Take a visit sometime, why not?
Remember that guy who paid $30-something a day (through Priceline.com, originally) to live at the Reeg for months and months cheaper than renting an apartment in the pricey 415? Well, here’s where he lived:
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Check it out yourself and see what you think of this concrete monstrosity. Some people love it.
What’s up with the former Equinox Restaurant way up high down at the foot of Market Street? It don’t revolve no mo. What’s the deal? Does it need a new motor? Cause my stepbrother is parting out a Subaru – he has a flat four boxer with a recent rebuild that could totally be used to spin that place like a record, baby.
I believe that this City should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a diner on the revolving restaurant known as Equinox, spinning him as he dines, and returning him safely to the Earth.
Now don’t talk to me about how it’s never gonna revolve ’cause the Hyatt Regency people are dead-set on continuing with their “sorry hemispheres” concept. What do the rich people do up there anyway in the Regency Club Lounge? They sure as heck don’t revolve – seems a waste, doesn’t it? What the richers do up there is watch cable TV without being disturbed by the hoi polloi, such as yourself.
See the idiot box flickering away up in there? That’s what they’re doing with the Big E these days:
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This boxy turntable was perched atop Embarcadero Five for one reason, and only one reason: to separate tourists from their money by serving them bad food with a nice view. And it was available to all comers – as long as you had $30 for rubbery chicken, you were welcome to take a ride.
Those were the days.
We should fix up the motor, lube the spindle, and get her turning again – we could re-open the Equinox in time for NewYear’s Eve, December 31st, 2009.
Then we’d party like it’s 1999. (Will Smith rapped a Rock the Casbah cover? Wow.)
“We choose to go to the Equinox. We choose to go to the Equinox in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.”
Evict the Richers, Free the ‘Nox!
Well here it is, atop the “brutal” concrete Hyatt Regency San Francisco hotel at 5 Embarcadero – the former Equinox revolving restaurant. But it closed down a few years back, never to revolve again. Oh well.
Back in the day, it was the thang. Check out a major Warner release from 1979 on the YouTube: Time After Time. It’s a time travel epic involving a hungry Mary Steenburgen and a saucy Jack the Ripper. See how the place rotated?
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These days, this rooftop locale has become the non revolving Regency Club Lounge or Regency Club, or Regency Club Floor and Lounge, something like that. The whole shebang is divided into four hemispheres, so now there are areas dedicated to “dining, business, entertainment and relaxation.”
But this “hotel within a hotel” is reserved only for the upper crust of hotel guests.
Check it out, if you can.