If you’ve ever eaten (or had a bottomless mimosa adventure) at Bar Johnny (2209 Polk), you may have noticed that the bar and restaurant’s receipts read “Tablespoon.” The name is residue from a former bistro, which was converted into Bar Johnny in 2007. Back in June, SF Eater got the scoop that the team from Tonic (2360 Polk) was in the process of buying Bar Johnny, and turning it into a new bar/restaurant.
As it turns out, it seems that the reason for the wonky receipts is that Bar Johnny had still been operating under Tablespoon’s liquor license — I am sure legally, no rumors here! That license has been canceled, a new license issued, and the new owner of 2209 Polk is using the handle “Disgruntled Goat Inc.” So, perhaps the new bar’s name will be The Disgruntled Goat? If so, joined forces with the Marina’s relatively-new Tipsy Pig, San Francisco may have a whole barnyard of bars on its hands. Whatever the case, I hope Bar Johnny’s hip interior design courtesy of Sheri Sheridan of the late, great Swallowtail will be here to stay.
Trivia: The ‘Disgruntled Goat’ was a very short-lived character on the Simpsons‘ Itchy and Scratchy Show!