Welcome to the Trident!

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The Kingston Trio’s Trident, at 558 Bridgeway in Sausalito, uniquely reflected what was going on in the late 60’s through the 70’s in the Bay Area. New York had Studio 54 San Francisco had the Trident.

David Crosby called the Trident, “Ground zero for sex, drugs, and Rock and Roll!  Robin Williams worked there as a bus boy. Janis Joplin had her own table when she came in. Clint Eastwood and Sonny Barger (head of the Hell’s Angel’s) hung out regularly at the bar together. In 1972 and 1975, after their concerts, the Rolling Stones held private parties thrown by Bill Graham.

The night the Trident closed  most of the employees had taken some sort of mind altering substance ,and marijuana was freely indulged in throughout the evening … without any incidents or trouble from the Sausalito Police who were in attendance. This is just the tip of the iceberg. There are many stories here.  All surprisingly true!  What a trip!

Have the times changed? Your thoughts, stories, photos, and memories are welcomed!  This site would love your help collecting photos, stories, and memories, from employees, patrons, and anyone that frequented this unique establishment/ experience from 1966 to 1980.

Email me at MDLomas@gmail.com   Thanks!

The Trident Movie?

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A few years back I came up with an idea for a story, and with the help of Ed Gutekunst,  we created a tale that might work as a movie treatment for a film that reflects life back in the mid seventies in and around the Trident. The story we created is about three women coming of age … with an underlying theme about friendship, loyalty, and redemption. We’ve title it The T. The Trident’s nickname for employees “Back in the Day.”

This story is pure fiction. If you go to the “Toolbar” above and click on The Trident Movie 2018 you’ll be taken to the story.

Any thoughts, edits,  or ideas are appreciated. Send any comments to me at MDLomas@gmail.com Please note, we took the liberty to use actual names of people that worked there. Somehow that helped in the creative process.

If you have any connections with George Lucas, Ron Howard, Steven Spielberg, Francis Ford Coppala, Alexander Payne, Sophie Coppala or any other similar luminaries that might want to make this story into a movie feel free to share this.

The present owner of the Trident says he’d be happy to close the restaurant to make this film which could be a lot of fun recreating that mid 70s; the clothes, attitudes, hair styles, cars, and so much more from that era!

Image of the Trident interior from back then …Boston ferns in abundance

The Rolling Stones and the Trident connection

The year was 1972 – here’s the Trident/ Rolling Stones connection, and the invention of the modern version of the Tequila Sunrise. The original English version embedding somehow stopped working and we found this Spanish version that I thought you might enjoy.

You’ll find the English version here if you’ll scroll down this page….Buenos Dios!

Trident Restaurant Menu

The front and backside of the Trident Menu circa late sixties /early seventies. Check out the prices. Provided by Phillippa Farrar aka “Flip” phillippa.farrar@gmail.com                       Click on images to enlarge

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Phillipa worked at the Trident in the early seventies as a hostess. Here are some excerpts from her “Hostess Notes” provided to her by the Trident management. (Some of the notes are generic, and not to unusual or surprising, and have been skipped over) Here we go:  1. Never let people wander through the room aimlessly. Tell them they must be seated or leave.  At busy times tell them about our $3 minimum.  2. You are the first impression that customers have of the Trident, so always be fresh and smiling. Don’t put any low energy trips on them. Learn to give good vibes with no effort.   3. Smile and act concerned.

The Trident Goes Viral!

It would appear that my Tequila Sunrise interview for National Geographic Assignment with Jeff Burkhart is the basis for new series of TV ads for Jose Cuervo Tequila featuring the Rolling Stones!
The internet is all a-twitter about it. It’s on the Huffington Post , Ultimate Classic Rock. And the Wikipedia entry has been expanded extensively.
As the story goes, the Rolling Stones had a chance encounter with a Tequila Sunrise cocktail while on their 1972 U.S. tour — at San Francisco’s Trident bar to be exact — and were completely swept off their feet. They traveled around the country ordering it various bars thereafter. According to Huffington Post, Keith Richards called the tour’s unofficial name the Cocaine and Tequila Sunrise tour in his book Life.
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Video

Woody Allen Trident Flashback

Early Cirque Du Soleil

18RobinEricHertaOne2014Not too many people know that Cirque Du Soleil began in the parking lot of the Trident back in the mid 70’s.  This also was thought to be a pyramid scheme but was simply multi-level marketing.   Very clever in its day …..  Herta, Eric, and Robin …top to bottom…

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Josie

A little story of my “Trident days!
Ahhh “The Trident”, my very first job, ever!  I met so many cool people, celebrities (Rod Stewart, who whistle to get my attention and got my reply as his friends were flabbergasted), the Stones whom I partied with at the Mark Hopkins, Bill Wyman, who had a thing for me and sent his limo to pick me up at 3 am to hang with him at the Record Plant (his woman at the time who threatened me for being with him),  and oh so many other interesting men I met!.
I worked with some of the most amazing women I have ever known! I am forever grateful of having been there at that special time. Shout out to my girls, Mimi (RIP), Patsy , Monique, Katie, Jan, Noreen, Leigh, Kathleen, Marsha, Donna, Poppy, Cassandra, Stevie, Bonnie, Sharlee, Herta (my partner in Boob Flashing the Ferry first thing in the morning!). Remembering how we all trailed to the ladies room when someone gave us a stash!  A special thank you to the man who came every day I worked and gave me a $100 bill folded and full! (you know who you are). These women somehow are part of my life!
Bobby the bartender who was always pissed at me cuz I didn’t know how to order the drinks, he once told me it was a good thing I was so cute, because i sucked as a waitress…bahahaha.  The kitchen guys whom I always flashed (for my orders) , just to make them smile, Pierre (RIP) who loved my boobs! I could have anything I wanted in that kitchen, I loved my job! Lou the sweetest and most compassionate man I ever met, his family, also form part of my entourage of dear people close to my heart growing as a woman.
I learned and mentally grew at that restaurant. I will forever be thankful to have been one of the Trident Girls, even though I was told many times that I wouldn’t be hired because of this!  I tell the tales to my kids, (sans some details) of how I was such an outrageous waitress, what a great time we had! These memories will forever live in my heart!
Thank you Mark for giving me the chance to connect with some of the girls and
 re live some of that wonderful ride that was “The Trident”
Josie
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Trident Babes recently submitted  left to right:  Monique, Mimi, Josie and Patsy …looking good! And Josie back in the day!

The Year was 1972 “The English version”

Thanks For Dropping In….

3JimMarshallPanHandleSFGRoupsRock2014 As many of you already know the musical groups that created the “San Francisco sound” in the sixties lived in Marin County.  This photo was taken by Jim Marshall in the San Francisco Panhandle.  This photo includes the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the Charlatans all of which were frequent visitors to the Trident back in the day. Tune in, turn on,  and thanks for coming by!