Shoe Biz II's Famed Dinosaur Statue Is Missing

Photo: Amy Stephenson/Hoodline
By Amy Stephenson - Published on February 02, 2016.

If you live in the Haight, you're most likely familiar with the bright blue dinosaur that lives outside of Shoe Biz II at 1553 Haight. But in a sad turn of events, he has apparently gone missing. 

Shoe Biz II manager Chantal Jolagh told us that the dino vanished while the shop was getting its floors redone, one in a series of upgrades it's been making to its interior since changing ownership last December. 

According to Jolagh, the sign in the window went up, in part, to combat the seemingly endless string of customers and locals who've been stopping in to share their questions and concerns about the disappeared dino, who's been stalking the sidewalk in front of 1553 Haight, rain or shine, since 1975.   

Dino waiting politely outside while Shoe Biz's floors were remodeled last December.

Jolagh and the Show Biz II crew aren't sure whether he was stolen or whether he just wanted to get out of dodge for Super Bowl Mania, but they hope he finds his way back sooner than later.

"We really want to get him back. We don't think of him as our dinosaur, we think of him as the community's dinosaur," Jolagh told Hoodline.   

In the meantime, you can follow Show Biz II on Instagram to get updates about the dino. 

Update, March 5th: He's back! Read the story here.

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