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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

What Ever Happened to Sohberts?

Posted By on Wed, Aug 18, 2010 at 2:46 PM

click to enlarge Once a SFoodie favorite, Sohberts is now merely a ghost. - JOHN BIRDSALL
  • John Birdsall
  • Once a SFoodie favorite, Sohberts is now merely a ghost.
Poor Sohberts. The SOMA café at 144 King Street ― in the very shadow of AT&T Park ― was once a favorite here at SFoodie headquarters for its Equator beans, its quirky gallery vibe, its proximity to the office for head-decompressing escapes. But Sohberts is no more.

click to enlarge Sohberts in open-er times. - JOHN BIRDSALL/2009
  • John Birdsall/2009
  • Sohberts in open-er times.
A July 7 post on the Sohberts blog hints at changes to the café, which it refers to as "the Gallery":
There was an ownership change in May 2010 that resulted in the store closing to make changes. The addition of wine to the Gallery is a very, long process but the new guard thinks it is a well suited effort and has begun the paperwork needed for the long task ahead. There will be a name change, yet to be decided but will be decided by one of the previous owners who is still on board.
The tone has the chill of Soviet bureaucrat-speak. Is Sohberts morphing into a wine bar? SFoodie failed to reach anyone who could say. And the phone at owner Bertram Harris's original Alameda café, Spritzers, seems to've been disconnected as well. Sic transit espresso.

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