Until it closed in 2009, one of our favorite restaurants in San Francisco pre-dated the 1906 earthquake: a former speakeasy called Jack’s that opened in 1863 and served grilled rattlesnake accompanied by a variety of vintage whiskies, among other delicacies.

After the 1989 earthquake, the one that disrupted the only World Series between Oakland and San Francisco, we visited Jack’s again, only to discover it was closed for renovations. You guessed it: a place that survived the Big One at the beginning of the 20th century didn’t conform to the tougher standards that were put in place after the 1989 temblor.

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