SF Chronicle: Big Changes in Store for Coit Tower

Coit Tower and observation glasses

When Coit Tower reopens in April after a six-month face-lift, the Telegraph Hill icon will have a new look and a new operator.

After nearly a decade of often rancorous discussions, a nasty 2012 election scrap and plenty of grudging compromises, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission is set Thursday to recommend a five-year lease agreement with Terry Grimm, owner of the Anchor Oyster Bar in the Castro and the upscale Kenwood Inn and Spa in Sonoma County.

Grimm’s job will be to spiff up the look and operation of the city landmark, which has fallen on hard times in recent years.

“One of our goals is to enhance the visitor experience,” said Sarah Ballard, a spokeswoman for the Recreation and Park Department.