Castro arcade bar The Detour presses the restart button

ByDavid M. Conte

Jul 2, 2021

Castro Arcade Bar and Restaurant A deviation (2200 Market St.) is scheduled to reopen on Monday, July 5, after pressing the pause button in October and temporarily closed partly due to COVID-19.

“We are really excited to reopen,” said co-owner Shawn Vergara. “It feels really good.”

According to Vergara, The Detour will reopen slowly on Monday with a full reopening scheduled for the following week with all events returning.

Inside The Detour at 2200 Market St. | Photo: Le Détour / Facebook

Vergara opened The Detour, originally Brewcade, in 2014 with her sister and business partner Tiffny Vergara Chung.

Two years ago, the arcade bar expanded into the space previously occupied by restaurants Botellón and Hecho, and was renamed The Detour in 2019, paying homage to Vergara’s favorite past which now houses Beaux (2344 Market St.).

However, after just eight months, The Detour was forced to close due to the March 2020 shelter-in-place order. take out and briefly allowed meals indoors for two weeks in October.

“The Detour did not have the opportunity to be a full part of the community,” said Vergara. “We were just getting started.”

While the state of California and San Francisco reopened to full interior capacity on June 15, Vergara said he decided to take a wait-and-see approach.

“We wanted to see if there are any changes with anything that could have happened with Covid,” Vergara said.

Vergara admitted that reopening after a nine-month hiatus was not easy. After making the difficult decision to lay off all of its staff, Vergara said around 50% had returned for the reopening.

“We were really nervous about the staffing, everyone was talking about it recently,” Vergara said.


Games inside the Detour. | Photo: Steven Bracco / Hoodline

But over the past two months, Vergara has said they are preparing. “We gave ourselves plenty of time to get ahead and prepare,” said Vergara.

Guests returning to the Detour for the first time since it opened fully last year can expect the same offerings of pan-Asian-inspired food, cocktails, and arcade games.

During the temporary shutdown, Vergara said they spent time resolving issues they had encountered before.

“All of the things that were problems, we have spent the last eight months dealing with, examining and eliminating them,” Vergara said.

Vergara said food prices have skyrocketed, making menu pricing difficult. “Everything is in motion,” Vergara said. “We don’t know at this time if we will have to leave some menu items because that won’t be feasible.”

Kalbi burger. | Photo: Le Détour / Facebook

“We’ll either have to rotate or replace the element with something else,” Vergara said. “Obviously, we don’t want quality and our standards to suffer. We may have to get creative with soaring prices ”,

Customers can expect a similar selection of cocktails on tap with a few minor updates. However, a traveling cocktail and beer cart that allowed players to order a cocktail without going to the bar has been removed.

According to Vergara, they tweaked the arrangement of the decks and activated the front triangle space by adding a few decks. “We really like the way it feels up there now,” Vergara said.


Outdoor terrace at Le Détour. | Photo: Steven Bracco / Hoodline

Vergara tells Hoodline outdoor seating at The Detour will be back, but they don’t plan to take advantage of the city Shared Space Program. The uncertainty of the future of the program and the cost of construction contributed to its decision.

“It makes no sense to take over x number of parking spaces in front of the company when we already have such a huge outdoor space,” said Vergara. “Why do it when we already have so much space.”

In order to address any concerns regarding the health and safety of customers playing arcade games, Vergara said they will make disinfectant wipes available throughout the space. On weekends, The Detour will have a game keeper who will go around and clean up the games.


Game night at the Detour. | Photo: Le Détour / Facebook

From next week, all The events of the Detour including Killer Queen Night and Super Trash Brothers on Mondays, Board Game Night on Tuesdays, Trivia Night on Wednesdays, Drag Bingo on Thursdays and Watch Parties on Fridays. Le Détour will offer access to all ages on Saturdays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In April, the brother-in-law team reopened the nearby Blackbird cocktail bar. Vergara tells Hoodline that things are going well. “I lowered my expectations and was pleasantly surprised,” said Vergara.

“It’s not as vibrant as when we opened 11 years ago, but we’re still doing well,” Vergara added.

Now that The Detour and Blackbird have reopened, Vergara is thrilled to be able to reopen and looks forward to the return of business.

“As someone who has lived, worked and played in the Castro for 32 years, it’s nice to have another place that we can enjoy,” said Vergara.


Le Détour will be open Monday to Thursday from 4 p.m. to 12 p.m., Friday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.