Oakland Dive Bar a Step Closer to Landmark Status

Kingfish patrons say cheers to latest decision.

By Erika Okano
|  Monday, Feb 13, 2012  |  Updated 7:10 AM PDT
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Oakland Dive Bar a Step Closer to Landmark Status

Oakland may put a dive bar on a culturally significant list.

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Oakland's Kingfish is taking its first step down the road to landmark status.

Oakland's Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board has upgraded the building's designation to "major importance" putting it a little closer to being named a landmark according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

The owner of the Kingfish says the building was built in the early 1920s or 1930s when William James Traverse put some planks together in his mom's backyard and called it a bait shop. He says it's not a typical landmark but it's something the community cares about.

If the campaign succeeds, the Kingfish would be one of the few buildings in Oakland to become an landmark simply because of cultural significance.

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