This is a tale of two San Francisco barroom paintings, one famous, one not.
The famous painting, “The Pied Piper of Hamelin,” is being restored to its rightful position behind the bar in the elegant Palace Hotel.
The other – a mural of the scene at the long-vanished Seals Stadium – is in the back room of the Double Play Bar and Grill at 16th and Bryant streets.
The Pied Piper was endangered for a time. The owners of the Palace took it down and planned to sell it on the grounds it was too valuable and too famous to be in a bar. They changed their minds after a huge public outcry, and the Pied Piper will be back in renewed glory this Thursday.
Artwork’s days are numbered
But the Double Play mural is a different story. The owners of the building that houses the Double Play want to eliminate