Sherman R. Frederick
It was arguably the coolest spot in Marin. A restaurant, a concert venue and a no-cover bar where live-music aficionados gathered to just keep on truckin’.
But bad news hit Terrapin Crossroads fans last week when Phil Lesh (of Grateful Dead fame) and his wife Jill said the San Rafael night spot was closed.
It wasn’t the COVID restrictions that got them in the end (although that did not help), it was a lease issue with the city of San Rafael.
And so last Friday, Phil and Jill announced on social media this:
“We explored all possible options in an attempt to keep Terrapin at its current location, but after carefully considering a number of various partnerships and collaborations, we decided that the best thing for us, and for Terrapin, was to bid farewell — for now. In that spirit, while Terrapin’s time at its current location may be coming to a close, we know that Terrapin Crossroads was never a location — it was a community. We hope to see you all soon, in some form, somewhere down the road.”
Terrapin leased the park next to it from the City of San Rafael. The lease expired at the end of September.