SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) Longtime drinking spot The Gold Dust Lounge is reopening Friday  afternoon at San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf with much fanfare — a covered  wagon procession and appearances from a famous cowboy actor and plenty of  local dignitaries are just part of the festivities.

SF Chronicle photographer Mike Kepka followed the saga of the old Gold Dust Lounge in this 2012 film

The Gold Dust Lounge grand reopening will begin near the original Union Square location at 3:15 p.m. with bar owners from the Bovis family  saluting the old spot at 247 Powell St. from a motorized cable car, according  to bar publicist Lee Houskeeper.

The cable car is part of a procession starting on Powell Street  and making its way to 165 Jefferson St., the new locale of the bar that was  shut down last spring after the owners lost the lease after nearly 80 years  near Union Square. The procession will be headed by a horse-drawn covered wagon  carrying San Francisco local actor Stuart Whitman, who will be celebrating  his 85th birthday on Friday at the bar reopening.

Whitman is known for his role as Jim Crown on the western  television series Cimarron Strip in the 1960s.

The processional is expected to arrive at Fisherman’s Wharf by 4  p.m. where San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisors David Chiu, Jane Kim,  Scott Weiner, Carmen Chu, London Breed, Norman Yee and police and fire chiefs  Greg Suhr and Joanne Hayes-White, and District Attorney George Gascon and  state Sen. Mark Leno, D-San Francisco, will cut the ribbon at the new  2,700-square-foot space that has re-created the well-known, albeit somewhat  smaller, Powell Street bar.

Details from the marquee, bar stools and wall murals have been  replicated in the new location — along with the same affordable prices for  drinks, Houskeeper said.

The bar’s stalwart band, Johnny Z and the Camaros, will be  entertaining patrons inside the bar, while a brass band will play during the  procession leading up to the opening, Houskeeper said.

By 7 p.m. the bar will be open to the public if there is any room  among the specially-invited longtime supporters that led a campaign last year  to “Save the Gold Dust Lounge” building and ultimately followed the watering  hole to its new digs.

On Saturday, patrons can stop by after 7 p.m. after an afternoon  private opening weekend celebration, Houskeeper said.

A full house is expect Sunday to cheer on the 49ers at a Super  Bowl viewing party at the new location.

On Sunday doors open at 8 a.m.

San Francisco’s Gold Dust Lounge Reopening at New Location Friday 1 February,2013KQED News Staff and Wires

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