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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Great American Music Hall, 1976. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia.
Music venues and theaters
Cafe du Nord/Swedish American Hall – Send PayPal donations to erin@swedishamericanhall.
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.
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.
Why yes, you CAN support your favorite indie bookstore while stuck at home.
— Green Apple Books (@GreenAppleBooks) April 7, 2020
Our wonderful staff at Curry continue to #stayconnected with seniors during #shelterinplace. Read more about how Curry is responding to #COVID-19 and how you can help https://t.co/BbtW9nHmxI pic.twitter.com/rUXi4KnvdZ
— Curry Senior Center (@CurrySrCenter) April 3, 2020
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
Arts, Tours, Education
Crusin’ the Castro Walking Tours Gift certificates are available for purchase on their website.
Joe Goode Performance Group Donate to support initiatives like their Resilience Fund
Red and White Fleet 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
…and a historic institution (and City Landmark) that needs your help
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: