Frisco Beat: Sam Spade Landmark Saved from Fire

Whoa. Close one.

Anything involving fire in San Francisco is a close one.

Vince Emery just popped me the news that a fire threatened Julius’ Castle on Telegraph Hill, but they got it out before too much damage was done.

Even better, the article contains word that plans to re-open the Castle are afoot. Great place — I especially like the dark wood-lined bar just off the entry.

For us Hammett fans, Julius’ Castle is famed as the place where Sam Spade eats lunch in the 1932 short story “A Man Called Spade” — it’s a regulation historical landmark and a literary landmark, too.

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