There was just one shuttered space left on the blocks surrounding Washington Square Park. Now there are none.
The historic Original Joe’s restaurant re-opened in North Beach Thursday more than four years after a fire shuttered its Taylor Street location in the Tenderloin. “Joe’s Special,” a combination of hamburger, steak and eggs is iconic.
We learned last April that after years of searching for a suitable location the owners settled on North Beach. John Duggan, whose grandfather opened the restaurant in 1937, told the Chronicle’s Paolo Lucchesi:
Obviously, it’s been a long and intense process to find a space that fit our concept. When you have 70 years of history, with a restaurant your grandfather started, you want to be deliberate, We wanted to make sure we go somewhere we can be for another 70 years.
North Beach is quintessential San Francisco. We wanted to choose a place that was part of the fabric of the city, and with this space, with how long Fior d’Italia goes back, people have been eating here for 100 years.
We waited almost a year for Original Joe’s to open. The gorgeous brand new restaurant is on the corner of Union and Stockton facing Washington Square Park. This prized corner is bustling once more.
Mayor Lee was at the ribbon-cutting and declared Thursday Original Joe’s Day in San Francisco. At a newsconference co-owner Elena Duggan said, “This is a real San Francisco neighborhood. And, the neighborhood and the outpouring has been incredible. We feel so supported and lucky to be here.”
Duggan? Is that Italian?
“We are Italian. My father’s Irish though, it’s a mean combination.”
Benvenuti Original Joe’s and the Duggan family. I hope you have a fantastic 75th Anniversary in your new home in North Beach. Centanni! (Another hundred years!)
Buon appetito! See you there.