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Friday, July 31, 2015

A.G. Ferrari's Castro Location Closing Tomorrow

Posted By on Fri, Jul 31, 2015 at 11:30 AM

click to enlarge A.G. FERRARI
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Well, this is sad. Hoodline is reporting that A.G. Ferrari, the 96-year-old specialty grocer and sandwich shop with six locations in San Francisco and the East Bay, is closing its Castro Street location. It’s been there since 1998 and added a wine bar only last year.

The very last thing the Castro needs is another vacant storefront, especially one left by such a venerable presence, but the family-run company has been in some turmoil since the dual patriarchs died within days of one another and a bankruptcy followed shortly thereafter. (As recently as 2011, there were 12 A.G. Ferrari locations.)

With the second Bi-Rite humming along only a short ride away on the 24-Divisadero, it’s obviously good times to be a specialty food company in San Francisco, but undoubtedly the fairly upscale Mollie Stone’s that opened around the block on 18th Street cannibalized at least some of Ferrari’s customers. There’s also Lucca on 22nd and Valencia, which arguably did a better job of importing hard-to-find Italian products, and two remaining San Francisco A.G. Ferraris in Laurel Heights and on Mission and Third.

Cue the mourning from people who “loved the idea” of Ferrari but hardly ever went there, the all-too-frequent refrain from residents whenever neighborhood icons wheeze their last. 

[Via Hoodline]

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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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