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Tony's Opens in a Surprising Corner of Downtown

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at 05:50PM
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When Tony's quietly opens its doors on 7th street this Friday, the bar will mark a physical departure from the other venues opened by Cedd Moses' 213 Ventures.

Over a mile and a half east of Seven Grand, Tony's exists in that southern edge of the Arts District known more for a Greyhound station than its nightlife.

Not much has been done to the outside of the building, which blends in with neighboring industrial buildings and the small Spanish-speaking cafes that serve them. A sign on top advertising cocktails got a clean-up, but it largely unaltered.

On the inside, dark woods dominate, and interior designer Ricki Kline has the walls tell stories by paying homage to Hunter S Thompson: It's edge on the rocks.

Much like Tony's itself, the rough appearance of this little stretch of 7th is deceptive. Praised eatery French Garden is across the street, and Industrial Street offerings Royal Clayton's and Church and State are just a block away, along with their Biscuit Company and Toy Factory residents.

While the setting may be different, Tony's fits into its surroundings as well as its more central siblings. Not unlike a bar regular who sits at his personal stool everyday, it simply looks like it has always been there.

Tony's soft-opens Friday, with a full opening next week.

_ Tony's / 2017 E. 7th St (East of Mateo) / Arts District / 213-622-5523_

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