Young’s Kung Fu Laundromat opens in Tenderloin's old Gangway space

Young’s Kung Fu Laundromat opens in Tenderloin's old Gangway space
The Gangway's old sign has been repainted to reflect the new bar's concept. | Photos: Carrie Sisto/Hoodline
By Carrie Sisto - Published on October 19, 2018.

A new kung fu-themed bar has opened in the Tenderloin space that housed one of San Francisco’s most popular gay bars for more than a century.

Kozy Kar owner Sam Young’s new concept for the space, “Young’s Kung Fu Action Theatre & Laundry,” features kung fu movie posters, several screens featuring kung fu movies, benches that change colors with flashing lights, infinity mirrors, and a rotating circular couch.

The mirrored walls surrounding the rotating couch change colors with LED lights.

While it does not include any laundromat facilities, liquor is stashed in a working dry cleaning rack over the bar.

A dry cleaning rack displays liquor bottles above the bar and below one of the bar's several large movie screens.

The bar opened its doors on October 11, just under under 15 months after Young took ownership of the location

The bar walls that aren't covered by mirrors are largely plastered with kung fu movie post.

The location, 841 Larkin St., housed the nation’s oldest gay bar, the Gangway, until it poured its last drink in January. 

The Gangway prior to its January 2018 closure. 

Although Young was not interested in maintaining the Gangway at its current location, he did facilitate the removal of its key decor by preservationists, who are hoping to potentially recreate the atmosphere at a new location in the Tenderloin. 

You can already visit Young’s Kung Fu Action Theatre & Laundry on Thursdays through Sundays from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., but it may extend its hours in the future, according to Eater.