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Monday, June 1, 2015

McDonald's at 16th and Mission Suddenly Closes

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM

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SocketSite is reporting that the McDonald’s on 16th and Mission has suddenly been shut down. Not the hipster McDonald’s with the reclaimed wood cladding where the revamped Hamburglar charges his iPhone — that’s on 24th and Mission. This is the comparatively proletarian one next to that Bank of America ATM where the screens are all scratched out.

Although Yelper Michael M. wrote a five-star rave that praised the Mexicans in uniform (ahem) and noted, “The orgy of food happening in your mouth is indescribable at best,” it’s not as if this was a beloved institution. One-star Yelper Carmen L. said, “What's more disgusting was the burger. It was fine in the beginning but at the end it tasted so gross!!!! It was the worst McDonald's experience ever,” while the more generous two-star review from Sam T. opined, “My sundae kinda melted though. Would not recommend bring children, animals, or a date here.”

So why is this significant? Well, for one thing, a few people lost their jobs overnight and rent is due today. For another, the future site of the Monster in the Mission is just across 16th Street, and, as SocketSite’s tipster mused, “there was some speculation that the building owner did not want to enter into a new long term lease that might interfere with plans to sell the building or develop the property.”

In other words, even if the 300+ luxe dwellings at 1979 Mission get torpedoed by David Campos' moratorium, market forces are already at work. This grubby, unlovely intersection is almost certainly going to look very different in five years, so Instagram that cool sans-serif California Savings Bank on the northwest corner while you can, people. Moreover, the McDonald’s at 600 Van Ness closed barely four months ago, and the very troubled one on Haight and Stanyan might not be long for this world, either. Throw in the re-shuttering of Sliderbar due to vermin and suddenly it’s getting tough to find a burger around here.

[Via SocketSite]

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.

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