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The EndUp as seen from Harrison Street
|Full name||The EndUp|
|Address||401 6th Street, at Harrison|
|Location||San Francisco, California, U.S.|
|Owner||Jook House Entertainment, LLC|
|Type||Nightclub • Afterhours Club • LGBT|
|Opened||November 15, 1973|
The EndUp is a nightclub in San Francisco, California. Opened in November 1973, the club is located at 6th and Harrison in the SoMa district. Renowned for its status as an afterhours club, the venue has hosted a variety of benefits and events during its time, forging a unique impact upon San Francisco's nightlife community for over 40 years.
The nightclub first opened in November 1973 under the ownership of Al Hankin. Initially attracting a Gay clientele, the club featured the Sunday Afternoon Wet Jockstrap Dance Contest (1974-1992) with host Randy Johnson and DJ's Steve Newman and Peter D. Struve, a contest made famous in the 1978 novel Tales of the City and the 1980 novel More Tales of the City by San Franciscan author Armistead Maupin. In 1979 the club began opening at 6am for those leaving the neighboring Trocadero. The EndUp continued opening at 6am on Sunday mornings well into its second decade with Church, featuring DJ's Steve Fabus and Patrick Cowley.
Club Uranus (1989–1994) created by DJs Lewis Walden and Michael Blue, featured a community of artists celebrating creative energies through go-go dancing, performing as art dancers and drag queens. The show featured co-host Jerome Caja and a cast of drag performance artists such as Trauma Flintstone, Diet Popstitute, Steven Maxxine, Kitty Litter, Pussy Tourette and Elvis Herselvis.
Klub Dekadance (1991–1993) took place Friday nights with DJ Bugie.
Fag Fridays (1996–2008) featuring DJ David Harness, saw further expansion of the club's operating hours. Opening Friday evening until 11am Saturday, Fag Fridays' combination of specialized focus on the LGBT and straight-friendly communities as well as its nonconventional business hours were rarities among Bay area nightclubs.
The tradition of Sunday–held events that began with the Sunday Afternoon Wet Jockstrap Dance Contest continued with the Sunday T-Dance (1996–2012). The second longest running event in the club's history, the T-Dance was completely produced in-house and modeled after traditional tea dances. Sunday events at the EndUp have continued to the present day, with Elements of House: Afterhours, featuring various DJ's including Mauricio Aviles, Gene Hunt, Ruben Mancias, St. John, Julius Papp, Miguel Migs, Norm Stradley, Jay-J, and Franky Boissy.
The EndUp's original owner Al Hankin died in 1989, leaving the club to his brother Helmut Hankin. After Helmut died in 1993, one of the EndUp's operational managers, Douglas Carl Whitmore, was named executor of Helmut's estate. In his position as executorial trustee, Whitmore was able to influence operations at the club more directly and with less oversight than would normally be the case with managers. Under Whitmore's executorship, the EndUp began experiencing financial difficulties. In 1995, the club filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. At that point a third Hankin brother, Carl Hankin, began legal proceedings to have Whitmore removed as executor of his brother's estate, whereupon a brief interregnum of court-disputed ownership for the club began. After investigating the matter, in April 1996 Marin Superior Court commissioner Mary Grove removed Whitmore as executor of Helmut Hankin's estate, saying he had "mismanaged the estate, wasted the estate's assets (and) wrongfully neglected the estate." With a new executor at its helm, Helmut Hankin's estate immediately sold the club to Carl Hankin. After this change in ownership was completed in July 1996, Whitmore attempted to murder the new owner Carl Hankin by shooting him at Hankin's Kentfield residence. Whitmore fled the scene and a weekslong manhunt ensued, ending the following month when Whitmore committed suicide during police efforts to apprehend him at a standoff in Millbrae. Carl Hankin subsequently recovered from his injuries.
In August 2005, the club was sold by Carl Hankin to a group of six investors headed by Sydney Leung. These new owners kept intact the club's affinity for Gay disco and underground house music. Those styles, along with reggae, mash-ups, breakbeat, techno, tech house, electro house, minimal techno and micro-house continued to attract top-tier DJ's from around the world, including Derrick Carter, Doc Martin, Tommy Sunshine, DJ Sneak, and Josh Wink. In 2012, after much work ensuring the strength of the EndUp's legacy and its brand, Sydney Leung and four of his partners sold their shares in the venue to their business partner Ynez Stiener. Ms. Stiener had previously been part owner and managing director of the EndUp.
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