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Updated: A Running List of Legacy Businesses You Can Support Now

Postcard courtesy of Vesuvio Cafe

In the midst of this current crisis, historic businesses can be particularly hard hit. These establishments, from your favorite historic neighborhood restaurant to the longtime local hardware store, help make San Francisco home. If you are in the position to support our city’s legacy businesses, we have started a list of places that are raising money through GoFundMe for their employees and overall operations.

While we’ve spotlighted legacy establishments that have started their own fundraisers, there are of course dozens and dozens more legacy businesses across the city that can use your help. Whether that is through your purchase of gift cards, merchandise, food for delivery or take-out, posting on social media, or even a quick email to ask them how you can help, check out our 100 Legacy Bars and Restaurants map and Legacy Business Registry to explore more options. We’ve also included several helpful district maps and lists further down to help you support your favorite independent businesses.

Please email Kerri at or message us on SF Heritage’s social media channels if you know of other fundraisers we can add to the list!

Bars and Restaurants

Aub Zam Zam

Balboa Cafe

Brazen Head Gift cards available

Doc’s Clock

Dogpatch Saloon

Eagle Bar


El Rio You can also help by purchasing gift cards for a later date here, and/or signing up for their new monthly subscription service with differing levels of perks.

Far East Cafe

Glen Park Station

Hi Dive

Hotel Utah Saloon

John’s Grill

Madrone and Pops Bar

Mauna Loa

Moby Dick

New Delhi Restaurant You can also help by purchasing a gift card for a later date here.

Perry’s In addition, Perry’s is selling gift cards on their website and are offering a 20% off gift card option here with the code ‘save20’

Plough & Stars

Red’s Java House

Vesuvio Cafe

Spec’s Twelve Adler Museum Cafe In addition, you may support them by purchasing gift cards here.

St. Mary’s Pub

Tadich Grill

Twin Peaks Tavern




Great American Music Hall, 1976. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.

Music venues and theaters

Cafe du Nord/Swedish American Hall – Send PayPal donations to; donations of more than $30 will receive a limited edition Cafe du Nord t-shirt. Cafe du Nord bar staff also has a GoFundMe here.

Great American Music Hall  Purchase tickets for upcoming virtual shows, and purchase branded merchandise and bottles to-go.

The Fillmore Purchase branded merchandise

The Independent Purchase tickets for upcoming virtual shows, and purchase branded merchandise.

Punch Line Comedy Club

Local Shops

Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative, Inc. When they reach our goal of $31,000, they will enter everyone who has donated into a drawing for an original Barry McGee artist plate.

Animal Company Purchase bird and other pet supplies directly from their website for pick-up.

City Light Books 

Green Apple Books You can purchase gift cards here, purchase awesome STAY HOME READ BOOKS shirts and hoodies here, and purchase teacher THANK YOU cards with gift cards here. The bookstore is also offering free online ZOOM backgrounds  here.

Russian Hill Bookstore In addition, you may purchase gift certificates and shop for book on their store online.

Essential Services

Curry Senior Center

Instituto Familiar de la Raza Support their “Resilience Fund”

Kimochi, Inc. Donate to support their essential services

Mission Neighborhood Health Center Donate to support their essential services

Neighborhood Newspapers

Coalition of independent SF news outlets (SF BayView, Ingleside Light, El Tecolote, Bay Area Reporter, and more)

Arts, Tours, Education

ArtHaus is offering a $500 gift certificate towards any work of art purchased through their website while the shelter-in-place lasts.

Bay Area Video Coalition

Crusin’ the Castro Walking Tours Gift certificates are available for purchase on their website.

EROS: Center for Safe Sex

Joe Goode Performance Group Donate to support initiatives like their Resilience Fund

Red and White Fleet Limited rides now open + Purchase gift certificates for trips at a later date

Neighborhood Local Business Fundraisers

Heart of Jtown Small Business Resiliency Fund for Japantown businesses

Save our Chinatown fundraiser for SF and Oakland Chinatowns

Fundraiser for Clement Street Small Businesses, including Green Apple Books and Plough and Stars

District Guides

Below are some very helpful district guides (from The SF Chronicle, African American Arts and Cultural District, Excelsior Action Group, Mission Local, Rose Pak Democratic Club,  Ingleside Light, NOPA Neighborhood Association, Potrero/Dogpatch Merchants Association) to businesses that are still open for delivery and take-out (includes legacy businesses):

Bayview restaurants open for takeout and delivery:

Excelsior restaurants open for takeout and delivery (click image for list):

Mission District restaurants, cafes, and stores open for takeout and delivery:

Chinatown restaurants open for takeout and delivery (click image for site):

Ingleside restaurants open for takeout and delivery:

Lower Haight restaurants open for takeout and delivery:

North of the Panhandle/Western Addition restaurants open for takeout and delivery:

What’s Open in NOPA? (Google Doc list)

Potrero Hill and Dogpatch businesses open:

Legacy Businesses

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