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Our Program “Rooted in Resilience” is now online

Thank you to all the attendees who tuned in live for our Lecture Series program yesterday, “Rooted in Resilience: Legacy Restaurants and Bars in San Francisco.”

You may watch the recording below:

Denise Clifton, author of Tables from the Rubble: How the Restaurants that Arose After the Great Quake of 1906 Still Feed San Francisco Today, will host a conversation with the women behind two of San Francisco’s most beloved legacy businesses: Julie Ho of Sam Wo Restaurant, and Maralisa Simmons-Cook of Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum CaféTaking historic context from Denise’s book, which highlights stories of food businesses that emerged in the recovery years after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire, this panel will explore how legacy businesses are now struggling – and adapting through a new, very different disaster. 

Here are some of the ways to support our participants:

  • Experience over 100 years of history and order staples like barbecue pork rice noodle rolls and rice porridge (jook) at Sam Wo Restaurant, open for take-out or delivery. The restaurant is also selling gift cards, for now only available at the restaurant.
  • Though we can’t hang out in Specs’ Twelve Adler Museum Cafe’s unique bar space right now, you can support this North Beach institution by contributing to their GoFundMe campaign, and by buying gift cards for future use.
  • Learn more about the resilience of San Francisco’s legendary restaurants after the 1906 Earthquake in Denise Clifton’s book Tables from the Rubble: How the Restaurants that Arose After the Great Quake of 1906 Still Feed San Francisco Today.
    You can purchase the book at SF legacy business Green Apple Books. When Specs’ is able to reopen, you can also pick up a book at the bar using a Specs’ gift card. To purchase a book at Sam Wo, add the book to your phone takeout order 415-989-8898 or email Julie Ho at Alternatively, you may also purchase the book here.
  • For more background on Heritage’s advocacy work with legacy businesses and on the Legacy Business Registry program, we recommend this webinar with Mike Buhler, President & CEO of San Francisco Heritage from July 1, 2020. Mike profiled some of Heritage’s innovative, community-based campaigns to ensure legacy business survival, while addressing long-term challenges to sustaining the legacy business program.

If you have any thoughts, ideas, and questions about these programs, please reach out to Kerri Young at or call 415-441-3000 x22

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