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Richard ‘Specs’ Simmons, popular owner of North Beach bar, dies

Richard Simmons, who owned and operated Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe, one of the most celebrated bars in San Francisco’s North Beach, died Wednesday morning. Mr. Simmons, who was always called “Specs,” was one of the last of the old-school San Francisco bar owners, much admired by his customers and the North Beach community. “He was one of the great, great saloon keepers of our time,” said Janet Clyde, an owner of Vesuvio’s, another famous bar just across Columbus Avenue from Specs’.
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