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Heritage Happy Hour: Caffe Trieste

4/13/2023, 4-7 pm
Caffe Trieste, 601 Vallejo Street

Join us at Caffe Trieste for our monthly Heritage Happy Hour! April 13, 4-7 pm, 601 Vallejo Street, San Francisco.

Heritage Happy Hour is a convivial “no-host” gathering of heritage professionals, young preservationists, aficionados, friends, and Legacy Business cohorts interested in safeguarding San Francisco’s unique architectural and cultural identity. We get together on the Second Thursday of each month from 5-7 pm at a registered Legacy Business bar in San Francisco. We are hosting a special expanded happy hour for this event only, 4-7 pm.

Caffe Trieste is a local coffee house and shop specializing in Italian-style espresso beverages and assorted traditional Italian snacks to the North Beach neighborhood. Caffe Trieste was established in 1956 as the first espresso coffee house on the west coast at the time. The café was founded by Giovanni Giotta who, after immigrating to the United States from Italy, missed the espresso houses of Italy and decided to open his own coffee house. Caffe Trieste is credited with igniting the “espresso movement.” In the early years, the café became a meeting place for writers of the Beat Movement who lived in North Beach during the 1950s and 1960s and is now known for its high quality coffee, Italian snacks and for hosting musical performances that range from opera to original music to old world Italian.

Caffe Trieste continues to contribute a sense of tradition and family to the North Beach community through its multigenerational family ownership, the level of familiarity that is carried over by knowing customers by name and their orders, and its Italian décor.

San Francisco’s Legacy Business Program is the first-of-its-kind in the U.S. The program supports and promotes iconic, small businesses over 30 years in operation that are long-standing pillars of our communities and neighborhoods. San Francisco Heritage (est. 1971), has protected the city in the face of rapid change by advocating for historic resources, hosting educational programming, and interpreting and preserving cultural heritage. The Legacy Business Program (est. 2015), provides marketing, business assistance, and specialized grants for local small businesses included on the Legacy Business Registry.

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