Last month, DNA Lounge owner Jamie Zawinski published a blog post in which he warned patrons that his nightclub, long a fixture on SoMa's 11th Street corridor, was in danger of closing.
To stay in business, DNA Lounge is now embracing a community sponsorship model, much like the one that's kept Mission bookstore Borderlands afloat. However, their story has a SoMa twist: they've teamed up with startup Patreonwhich is based just a few blocks from the club, to help manage it.
In exchange for the monthly donation, many Patreon creators offer "tiers" of rewards, ranging from special access to patron-only content to original content made just for each patron. However, DNA Lounge isn't currently offering any rewards beyond its continued existence.
We want you to donate because you believe in our mission, and want it to continue," the club writes on its Patreon .
Founded by musician Jack Conte and engineer Sam Yam, Patreon allows a variety of creators bloggers, podcasters, musicians, comedians, video gamers and so on to set monthly or project specific contribution goals to which their "patrons" can contribute, with Patreon taking a cut.
That includes assisting them in building a better Patreon .
With anxieties rising about the Delta variant and the current surge of COVID cases, more SF bars and restaurants are going to start carding — looking for your vaccine card along with your ID. Most of the Bay Area is masking back up, at least in some situations, and tensions are high as COVID cases and hospitalizations tick up.
But things continue to reopen, and events are still happening.
Photo: Scott B. By Elaine Gavin - Published on January 12, San Francisco SoMa. Patreon's headquarters, on 9th Street in SoMa.
Dancers at a DNA Lounge event. Jul 22, Joe Kukura.
San Francisco SF bars and restaurants begin checking for vaccination proof at the door With anxieties rising about the Delta variant and the current surge of COVID cases, more SF bars and restaurants are going to start carding — looking for your vaccine card along with your ID. Jay Barmann. Jul 20, Jul 19, Subscribe to Hoodline. Stay up to date!