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Storied: San Francisco

Sep 4, 2018

It's 2004. September 11 wasn't even three years removed yet. But Kevin DeMattia had a thing for climbing large buildings and structures, and Sutro Tower was calling his name.

​In this podcast, Kevin, who co-owns Bender's Bar and Grill in the Mission and Emperor Norton's Boozeland in the Tenderloin, shares the story of conquering the 977-foot TV and radio antenna tower that has become quite the iconic symbol of San Francisco.

Check back Thursday for Part 2, when Kevin will trace his bartending history, which leads to his co-ownership of two bars in the city today.

We recored this podcast at Emperor Norton's Boozeland in August 2018.

Film photography by Michelle Kilfeather