Then ... Matthew Bennell (Donald Sutherland), a City health inspector, conducts a surprise visit at a swanky french restaurant. The staff stiffen in anticipation as he walks in.
... and Now, CitySleuth is indebted to reader Larry Nussbaum for identifying this as the kitchen at Bimbo's 365 Club at 1025 Columbus Avenue in North Beach (map). The club's website has this 2010 photo of a private dinner set up in the kitchen, looking just the same. Even the hanging pots.
Then ... Matthew, on a mission, marches around a corner.
... and Now, the same corner in a recent photo.
He is thorough ... he finds a rat turd in a soup. When the affronted owner insists it's a caper ("ca-perr") Matthew smirkingly suggests he eat it. When he baulks, he is told a health violation notice will be filed.
Then ... When he leaves, Matthew discovers that disgruntled staff have smashed his windscreen, with a wine bottle, no less.
... and Now, this was filmed at the rear of Bimbo's. The private property sign, updated, is still there as is the horse hitching post.
Then ... He drives out along the narrow cul-de-sac, Houston Street, that runs alongside the north edge of the club. The 7UP sign and billboard face us across Columbus Avenue at the alley's end.
... and Now, there's still an awning over the side entrance and the superstructure that held the overhead lights seen above is still there. So too is the billboard across Columbus.