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Richmond District Legacy Business Spotlight: Plough and Stars, Green Apple Books, Cinderella Bakery, Pacific Café

May13th

San Francisco’s Richmond District — “between the Presidio and Golden Gate Park, from Lone Mountain to Ocean Beach” — is full of some of our favorite neighborhood businesses, from bakeries and bookshops to pubs and dessert cafes. It is also home to the “other Chinatown,” and Little Russia, with some of the best Chinese and Russian markets, shops, and restaurants in the city. Since the start of San Francisco’s Legacy Business program, several of this often-foggy district’s businesses have gained legacy business status. Today we’d like to highlight a handful of the few that have for years contributed to the cultural fabric of this neighborhood, and we encourage you to support their businesses during this difficult time if you can.

Borscht at Cinderella Bakery. Photo courtesy of Marika Veysman.

Cinderella Bakery and Café
436 Balboa Street
415-751-9690
http://www.cinderellabakery.com/
Date placed on Registry: August 14, 2017

Cinderella Bakery and Café is a local Russian bakery, deli and restaurant located on Balboa Street in the Richmond District. Opened in 1953, Cinderella is the oldest authentic, home-style Russian bakery in the Bay Area. Two sisters, Lydia Repin and Eugenia Belonogoff, founded the establishment when they moved to San Francisco from Harbin, China. The café has been serving home style, traditional Russian pastries and specialties since opening and has become a treasured neighborhood café, known for their signature prioshkis, pelmeni, beef stroganoff, and loaves of freshly baked Russian bread. Their distinct logo featuring a Russian nesting doll is also instantly recognizable.

Baked piroshki from Cinderella Bakery.

Cinderella Bakery and Café is located in an area of the Richmond District that is known as “Little Russia,” which extends from 17th Avenue to 27th Avenue around Geary Boulevard. This area is home to many Russian restaurants, shops, bakeries and Russian Orthodox Churches (New World Market, another legacy business, is another favorite serving Russian classics). The bakery continue to contribute to Russian heritage in the area by continuing the culinary and cultural traditions that were started when the restaurant opened over 60 years ago. One of the big events it sponsors is the annual Russian Festival, held at the Russian Center on Sutter Street, and the bakery also donates to the many Russian Orthodox churches and synagogues and associated schools throughout San Francisco.

Before the COVID-19 crisis hit, the café was planning an expansion to 24th Street in the Mission District, in a space formerly (and long) occupied by La Victoria Bakery. However, these plans have since been put on hold.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Cinderella Bakery is selling Gift Cards as well as our full menu which is available for take out now or delivery. They have also started offering Family Meals, which feed 3-4 people.


Green Apple Books
506 Clement Street
415-387-2272
1231 9th Avenue
415-742-5833
http://www.greenapplebooks.com/
Date placed on Registry: October 03, 2016

Counted among one of the best bookstores in San Francisco and beyond, Green Apple Books has been a literary destination for over 50 years. Located on Clement Street between 6th and 7th Avenues in a two-story commercial building, the business offers a large selection of new and used books, magazines, and music, and is considered a regional leader among bookstores. An anchor of the commercial corridor that has formed along Clement Street in the Richmond, Green Apple Books is also known for its note-worthy business practices. Its workers are unionized and it provides an example of successful succession planning, as three of its longtime employees have taken ownership of the business in recent years.

The cover of one of Green Apple’s print newsletters from 1990/1991. These newsletters featured book recommendations and new releases, and more, and has since moved online. Courtesy of Green Apple’s Legacy Business Registry Report.

If you’ve been to Green Apple on Clement, you’ll immediately feel at home among the packed wooden bookcases, nooks and alcoves, original gas light fixtures, and handmade signs. You might attend a book reading in the Philosophy section, or browse some of your favorite records in the Music section. The shop’s bright green neon sign, installed in 1983, is an icon beloved by preservationists and survivor amidst the city’s long-fading neon.

In 2014, Green Apple expanded to the longtime Le Video space on 9th Avenue between Irving and Lincoln, near the south entrance to Golden Gate Park (renamed “Green Apple Books on the Park“). When they moved into the space, Le Video relocated to the second floor and they shared the building, hoping that their cohabitation would prove valuable to both businesses. Unfortunately, due to decreasing rentals, Le Video went out of business at the end of 2015. Their legendary collection was sold to the Alamo Drafthouse (2550 Mission St), where it is now available for rent. Books on the Park, like Green Apple’s original location, is a generalist bookstore with new and used books, but emphasizes children’s books, fiction, cookbooks, and new releases. Green Apple also recently took over the ownership of Browser Books in the Fillmore District in October 2019, now its third independent bookstore location.

In addition to purchasing books directly through the store online, you can support Green Apple during the COVID-19 crisis by purchasing gift cards here, STAY HOME READ BOOKS shirts and hoodies here, and teacher THANK YOU cards with gift cards here. The bookstore is also offering free online ZOOM backgrounds for your virtual meeting needs, here. You can also help keep the community safe while showing off your love for the bookstore by purchasing cotton face masks here.

Photo courtesy of Pacific Café.

Pacific Café
7000 Geary Boulevard
415-387-7091
http://www.pacificcafesf.com/
Date placed on Registry: August 08, 2016

Pacific Café has been serving up fresh seafood and free wine to line dwellers for 46 years at the corner of Geary and 34th Avenue. Established in 1974 by Tom Hawker, Ross Warren, and Frank Condroy, it has remained a casual classic in the neighborhood, and many of the staff have been there for decades. The eatery is well-loved by diners for its fresh, no-frills food and atmosphere (and no reservations policy). The beloved neighborhood restaurant was one of the first establishments to join the Legacy Business Registry, accepted in the program’s first round in August 2017 (the other was Toy Boat on Clement Street).

In 2006, Pacific Café was featured on the KQED food review show “Check Please! Bay Area (now in its 15th season). You can watch or listen to the episode here.

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Café has been forced to close. They are asking for donations to help their hard working staff who have lost their incomes and are struggling with their expenses. You can contribute to their GoFundMe page here.

116 Clement Street
415-751-1122

Date placed on Registry: February 26, 2018

For 45 years The Plough & Stars (“the Plough”) in San Francisco has been the heart of the Irish traditional music scene on the West Coast. A major touring location for renowned musicians from Ireland and beyond, it has also supported local musicians with sessions and set dancing each week, as well as bluegrass and Americana music on weekends. The Plough provides an atmosphere of camaraderie and good cheer for patrons coming in for set dancing, beer on tap, pool, darts, and charitable events.

A flyer for the Plough’s grand opening and benefit on April 30th, 1975, Courtesy of the Plough’s Legacy Business Registry Report.

The Plough opened on April 30, 1975, at 116 Clement Street and has remained at the same location for over 40 years. The name “the Plough and Stars” comes from a famous play written about the Easter Rising of 1916 by the Irish writer, Sean O’Casey. Some hallmarks of the pub and event space are the long, dark, wood bar, original art, signage and historical posters that tell the history and culture of Ireland, and the small wooden stage surrounded by pictures of past and present musicians that have played over the years.

Since 1981, the Plough and Stars has been a central location for newly arrived Irish immigrants to network for jobs, housing, music and romance. The bar was a gathering place for Irish immigrants who were forced to leave Ireland during the severe economic recession of the 1980s. Many immigrants were drawn to the Richmond District due to its historically Irish population, and the Plough and Stars was known as a gathering place. Irish immigrants and existing Irish people met to look for work, play music and join a community. Many of the people that found the beginning of their life in America at the Plough still continue to patronize the establishment.

Musicians performing inside the Plough and Stars, undated. Courtesy of the Plough’s Legacy Business Registry Report.

During the COVID-19 crisis, they are asking for donations to help pay rent on the building, employee wages, and for providing a venue for musicians and dancers when the shelter in place order is lifted. You can contribute to their GoFundMe page here.

Irving M. Scott School: City Landmark #138

May12th

Former Irving M. Scott School at 1060 Tennessee Street in 1983. (National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form, 1983.)

by Woody LaBounty

A walk in San Francisco’s Central Waterfront is a tour of ambitious development. New hospitals, biotech complexes, tech start-ups, and the glitzy nearby Chase Center sports arena stand amid unceasing construction work. But thanks to preservationists, there are still pockets of historic houses, warehouses, and factories. In the Dogpatch neighborhood, tucked between the roar of elevated Highway 280 and the never-ending public works madness of 3rd Street, stands the city’s oldest surviving public school building. The former Irving M. Scott School at 1060 Tennessee Street is City Landmark #138.

This area was the industrial heart of San Francisco from the 1850s until after World War II, home at one time to the largest shipbuilding operations on the West Coast. Power stations, ironworking factories, refineries, and all their supportive light industry filled a landscape between the bay and Potrero Hill. Near their work on and in the piers, dry docks, foundries, and warehouses, laborers lived in humble cottages and lodging houses on Potrero Hill, the mostly-eradicated Irish Hill, and the enclave originally known as Dutchman’s Flat between Mariposa and 23rd Street, Minnesota and Tennessee Streets—better known now as the Dogpatch neighborhood.

View east from Potrero Hill to Union Iron Works and Irish Hill with 20th Street running along right side, circa 1890.(OpenSFHistory/wnp27.6387)

For their children, the Potrero School was established in 1865 in a rough shack on the corner of modern-day 20th and 3rd Streets. In 1877, the city replaced the shack with a larger building on a mid-block parcel between today’s Minnesota and Tennessee, 20th and 22nd Streets. This structure faced Minnesota Street and some of the humble homes of its pupils, who lived between the area’s railroad spurs, cranes, and smokestacks.

Irving M. Scott School from Minnesota Street, 1917. This 1877 structure was demolished in the early 1920s, while the 1895 addition, visible behind, is still standing. (San Francisco Department of Public Works photograph by Horace Chaffee, OpenSFHistory/wnp36.01759)

The inadequacy of the school’s facilities, with too many students, poor sewage, and little heating, was lamented almost from the start.1 The early 1880s creation of a new Union Iron Works plant, where many of the nation’s early modern warships were made and launched, brought hundreds more workers to the Central Waterfront, exacerbating the crowding at Potrero School. Finally, in 1895, a freestanding addition designed by city architect Thomas J. Welsh was built on the original school site facing Tennessee Street. The two-story Classical Revival structure connected via a breezeway to the 1877 building.

Detail of a 1900 Sanborn Fire Insurance map showing passageway connecting the 1877 school building on Minnesota Street at left with the extant 1895 addition on Tennessee Street. (1900 San Francisco Sanborn Fire Insurance Map, Sheet 557.)

The entire school was renamed Irving M. Scott School in honor of the Union Iron Works partner and superintendent who donated partial funding for its construction and improvement.2 For these children of the rope-makers, ironworkers, coopers, butchers, grocers, and saloonkeepers, a vocational curriculum was pushed, preparing boys to follow their fathers in manual trades, while the girls learned homemaking and cooking in the first school district teaching kitchen.

The Minnesota Street building was sold by the city and removed in the early 1920s3—likely just for scavenged lumber—but the addition remained and served school children for another half-century.

It’s a miracle the Tennessee Street building survived. It was set on fire numerous times—at least once intentionally by students. (A 1940 article began “With joy in their hearts, 210 primary pupils watched yesterday afternoon as flames curled over the roof of the Irving Scott School…”4 ) Ongoing sanitation and heating issues targeted it for closure and demolition throughout the twentieth century. Parents and neighborhood groups unsuccessfully pestered the city for improvements. When backers of any school bond measure wanted to inspire support they highlighted Irving M. Scott School’s woefulness, promising its replacement. Newspaper stories and reports from the Health Department frequently excoriated Irving M. Scott School for its crude latrines (in schoolyard sheds) and its antiquated and dangerous pot-bellied-stove heating system.5

Tom Irwin, “Old-Style Rural School in S.F.!” San Francisco Chronicle, January 17, 1937, pg. 12.

Bonds passed and government officials continued to make promises, but little changed and the school remained open until 1974. The itinerant laborers of the 1890s, the migrants of the Depression, and the newly arrived war workers of the mid-twentieth century were easily ignored by City Hall. The school district used it for office space and the Potrero Hill Community Development Corporation occupied it in the 1970s and 1980s.

To see the leaf-shaded streets of Minnesota and Tennessee Streets today with well-kept cottages, expensive perpendicularly parked cars, and art-gallery complexes, it’s hard to imagine that this was a rough-edged working-class neighborhood. But the Dogpatch was the home of men and woman who built and rebuilt the city of San Francisco, many of whom learned the basics of their trades and established the foundation of their lives in Irving M. Scott School.

View down Tennessee Street to the former Irving M. Scott School, May 2020.

When Mission Bay redevelopment and the forces of gentrification began creeping down 3rd Street in the late 1990s, Dogpatch neighbors and preservationists moved quickly to create a city-designated historical district—a remarkable achievement in the face of political and market pressures.6 Heritage worked closely with the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association to survey the neighborhood. Architectural historian Christopher VerPlanck did a heroic job over five years leading the effort, writing the context statement, and shepherding the district’s designation.

The former Irving M. Scott School is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and designated San Francisco City Landmark #138. Today it is occupied by Alive & Free/Omega Boys Club, a nonprofit focused on violence prevention with a mission not so different from the goals of the Irving M. Scott public school of the late nineteenth century: “To provide young people with opportunity and support to build positive lives for themselves and to move into contributing roles in society.”

View of the rear of 1060 Tennessee Street, the former Irving M. Scott School, from the Minnesota Street school yard, May 2020.

More information

San Francisco City Landmark #138

National Register of Historic Places (#85000714) listing

Dogpatch Historic District Ordinance and information.

“Dogpatch Survey Nears Completion,” Heritage News, Jan/Feb 2000, page 8.


Notes:

1. “Ruins of Schoolhouses,” San Francisco Examiner, December 29, 1891, pg. 6.

2. “Disclaimed the Title ‘A.P.A.,’” San Francisco Call, June 25, 1896, pg. 5.

3. “Notice of Auction Sale,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 5, 1921, pg. 19.

4. “Pupils Gleefully See School Fire,” San Francisco Chronicle, March 14, 1940, pg. 13; “Quick-Witted S.F. Lasses Defeat Plot of Incendiaries,” San Francisco Chronicle, November 13, 1922, pg. 1.

5. R. W. Jimerson, “Battle Opens on Firetrap Schools Here, San Francisco Examiner, October 21, 1933, Part II, pg. 1; Tom Irwin, “Old-Style Rural School in S.F.!,” San Francisco Chronicle, January 17, 1937, pg. 12; Barbara East, “Poor Sanitation Exposed at Ancient S.F. Schools,” San Francisco Examiner, October 7, 1948, pg. 14.

6. David Kiefer, “Diggin’ it in Dogpatch,” San Francisco Examiner, February 12, 2003, pg. 10A.

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

May11th

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 kyoung@sfheritage.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

Aub Zam Zam

Balboa Cafe

BIX Restaurant

Doc’s Clock

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.

Glen Park Station

Hi Dive

Hocky Haven

Hotel Utah Saloon

Mauna Loa

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

Pacific Cafe

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’

Philosophers Club

Pop’s Bar

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

The Stud

Twin Peaks Tavern

Uptown

Wild Side West

Zazie

Zeitgeist

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.com; donations of more than $30 will receive a limited edition Cafe du Nord t-shirt.

Balboa (and Vogue) Theater

Lee Neighborhood Theaters (Presidio Theater, 4 Star Theater, Marina Theater)

Punch Line Comedy Club

Roxie Theater

Slim’s and the Great American Music Hall

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.

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”

Mission Neighborhood Health Center Donate to support their essential services

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.

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 Purchase gift certificates for trips at a later date

Neighborhood Local Business Fundraisers

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

San Francisco Art Institution Emergency Fund

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:

APA Legacy Business Spotlight: Yuet Lee, Kimochi, Inc., Eddie’s Cafe, Ocean Hair Design

May6th

Since the start of San Francisco’s Legacy Business program, several Asian Pacific American-owned businesses and nonprofits focused on the APA community have won legacy business status. In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’d like to highlight a handful of the many APA-owned businesses in the city that have for years contributed to the cultural fabric of our neighborhoods, and we encourage you to support them during this difficult time if you can.

Yuet Lee Seafood Restaurant at Broadway and Stockton Street has served the Chinatown community for 45 years. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

1300 Stockton Street
415-982-6020
Date placed on Registry: February 25, 2019

Yuet Lee Restaurant, at the corner of Broadway and Stockton on the border of Chinatown and North Beach, has been serving authentic Hong Kong style seafood dishes for the last 45 years.

Opened in 1977 by the Yu family, it is known for its cash-only late night favorites like salt and pepper squid and garlic crab. Said longtime owner Sam Yu, “I am particularly delighted to see that the name, Yuet Lee, will be listed on the Legacy Business Registry because the restaurant is named after my parents.” Yuet Lee is actually a combination of their names.”

Before the shelter-in-place, Yuet Lee was serving 300-500 customers per day in its 47-seat restaurant. Its facade, exterior color, and layout have not changed much throughout the years, giving it a traditional look and feel and transporting customers to another time and place.

Late 2019, Sam decided to pass the baton and sell the business to longtime employee Wo Jie Zhen, who worked at Yuet Lee for seventeen years after immigrating to San Francisco from China in 2003. Aiding in the transition has been continued positive cooperation with the restaurant’s landlord, who hiked $200 per month off the lease to help the new guard adjust. This is a rare example of positive employee/tenant relations in the city’s cutthroat rental environment.

During the COVID-19 crisis, Yuet Lee is open for pick-up and delivery (every day except Tuesday). See their options on their website.

Kimochi Administration Building at 1715 Buchanan Street.

Administration – 1715 Buchanan Street
415-931-2294
Home – 1531 Sutter Street
Lounge – 1581 Webster Street
Senior Center – 1840 Sutter Street, 1st Floor

Date placed on Registry: January 14, 2019

Kimochi, Inc. was established on April 22, 1971, and officially opened its doors in July 1971. Kimochi, Inc. (a.k.a. Kimochi Kai) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit senior service agency based in Japantown. The word “kimochi” means “feelings” in Japanese. For the organization, “feelings” for our elders — respect, gratitude, and love — are expressed through services that enable each generation to age with dignity, pride, support, independence and friendship. Because of language and cultural barriers, many elder Japanese Americans were not able to access mainstream services. Recognizing this need, the Kimochi founders began helping seniors by providing them with information and assistance in applying for government and health benefits and offering transportation services and walking escorts to make sure seniors could travel safely to and from their homes. Organizers, participants and volunteers would gather at Kimochi Lounge, Kimochi’s first site at 1581 Webster Street on the Webster Street Bridge connecting Japan Center’s Kintetsu and Kinokuniya Buildings. The Lounge was where elders could rest, relax, get the latest news in the community, meet friends and have tea. It still operates as a Kimochi site today.

In 1974, Kimochi applied for a grant and was awarded funding from the California Department on Aging to implement a Japanese hot meals program for seniors. Meals were prepared onsite and served at Konko Church, located at 1909 Bush Street. In 1979, Kimochi received funding from the Department of Aging and Adult Services (originally called San Francisco Commission on the Aging) to expand the Congregate Nutrition program to weekends and holidays making it a 365-day-per-year meal program. In 1986, Kimochi’s Congregate Nutrition program consolidated two sites and relocated to 1840 Sutter Street, where it remains today.

Photos of Kimochi’s Nutrition Program, as submitted by Kimochi in their Legacy Business application. 

In 1983, Kimochi completed the Kimochi Home building at 1531 Sutter Street and opened its doors for residential and respite care for 20 seniors and adult social day care for 40 seniors. It continues to be a vital community resource for seniors and their families.

tos of Kimochi’s Nutrition Program, as submitted by Kimochi in their Legacy Business application.

In 1999, Kimochi moved to its permanent home at 1715 Buchanan Street, which is the headquarters and home to the Social Services program, family caregiver support program, volunteer program and Club Nikkei staff. Over the years, Kimochi has been quick to identify the needs of the senior population and obtain funding for nutrition, transportation and social service programs. Today, Kimochi occupies five sites—four in San Francisco and one in San Mateo.

During the COVID crisis, Kimochi remains open as an “Essential Service” provider. Staff continue to work hard to provide these essential services to the senior population. For ways to support their work, including monetary and in-kind donations, click here.

Exterior of Eddie’s Cafe, 2016. Photo by Patricia Chang/ Eater SF

800 Divisadero Street
415-563-9780
Date placed on Registry: December 11, 2017

In a city where historic breakfast spots like Lucky Penny and Joe’s Cable Car are closing regularly, Eddie’s Café remains a low-key and affordable diner along Divisadero’s ‘now prolific restaurant neighborhood‘. Opened in 1974 originally as a soul food restaurant in a predominantly African American neighborhood, the restaurant served dishes such as fried chicken, oxtail stew, short-ribs, chitins, and Louisiana gumbo, all of which were recipes developed by the original owner, Eddie Barrie. In 1988, Helen and Min Hwang, who immigrated to San Francisco from South Korea in order to start their own small business, purchased Eddie’s, and Barrie himself stayed on for six months after the sale to help instruct Helen and Min in running the business and cooking the recipes. Since then, the Hwangs have preserved the diner’s roots, and continue to serve an affordable diner breakfast with hot coffee served in quirky mugs from the restaurant’s unique collection. Its red vinyl booths, décor that includes letters from international patrons from as far away as Germany and Japan, framed San Francisco Chronicle articles, historic neighborhood photos and more, contribute to the diner’s welcoming and homey atmosphere.

A wall inside Eddie’s Cafe lined with mugs and SF Giants bobbleheads, 2016. Photo by Patricia Chang/ Eater SF

Although the neighborhood has undergone drastic changes since 1974 and the business no longer offers a strictly soul food based menu, Eddie’s Café still maintains a welcoming environment with comforting food to all customers, whether they be locals who frequent the establishment, new transplants to the area or tourists visiting from near and far. Aside from the old-fashioned sign affixed to the building’s façade, the interior of the diner has remained largely unchanged since 1988 when it was purchased by Helen and Min. The Hwangs have upheld the business’ connection to Western Addition history by continuing to offer certain dishes such as grits and sausages and portraying photos and memorabilia such as articles on the interior commemorating Eddie Barrie and his restaurants’ rich history in the neighborhood.

The restaurant has maintained its status as a neighborhood institution, even among the older residents who have been regulars since 1974 and who continue to show appreciation for the welcoming and neighborly environment and good food. During the COVID-19 crisis, Eddie’s is open for takeout every day 8 AM-1:30 PM.

Exterior of Ocean Hair Design. Legacy Business Registry Staff Report.

1619 Ocean Avenue
415-841-1860
Date placed on Registry: September 25, 2017
Ocean Hair Design is a local, family-owned haircut and styling salon serving the Ingleside and Ocean View neighborhoods. Opened in 1996 by husband and wife team Allen Dang and Cindy Huynh, Ocean Hair Design is well versed in the hair cutting and styling needs of the surrounding community and works hard to offer quality service(s) at reasonable prices. To Allen and Cindy, the salon is more than just an investment; it is a commitment to the Ingleside and Ocean View community, offering a space of familiarity and comfort for residents to gather and have their hair needs and services taken care of.

Interior of Ocean Hair Design. Legacy Business Staff Report.

Additionally, Cindy and Allen have often taken their commitment to the community a step further and offer services for free to those who were and are unable to otherwise afford them. This has been despite a quickly changing retail landscape along Ocean Avenue over the past couple of years, something that has left longtime businesses like Ocean Hair Design at risk of being displaced. Read JK Dineen’s article in the Chronicle here, which includes comments from Huynh about weathering this impact on small businesses.

Cake from Ocean Hair Design’s grand opening, 1996. Legacy Business Staff Report.

Though at the time of nomination Ocean Hair Design had operated for 21 years, it faced a significant risk of displacement, with the salon forced to go on a month-to-month lease. It was therefore deemed eligible to join the Registry, which it proudly joined in September 2017. Like all hair salons in the city, Ocean Hair Design has been forced to close during the shelter-in-place necessitated by the COVID-19 crisis. They are continuing to update their customers and the public on their Facebook page (including a video on how to cut your own bangs!).