A Map of Displaced San Francisco Businesses

Here’s a scary thought: according to US Census data, if the city of San Francisco continues on its current path, the population will soon be dominated by the upper five percent of all earners.

With over 60,000 new residents since the year 2000 (a more than 13% population increase), you’ll often hear claims of one’s veteran status referencing the reigning technology at their time of their arrival:

When I first moved here Lyft didn’t exist. It was so hard to get a cab I once had to walk all the way home from Outside Lands.” (Barefoot, in the rain, no doubt.)
I was here when the iPhone was only on AT&T.” (Remember that?)
Try navigating MUNI with a Blackberry.” (Real San Franciscans don’t need a map, they just look to Karl to guide the way.)
I was here for the first bubble.” (Now you’re just bragging.)
Remember when Jobs started working for Apple?” (Which time?)

Whether you were here when Pedro and Puck roamed the city; you quit your stiff east coast life and came to SF in search of a better work / life balance during the 2000’s; or you flocked here after graduation this past June in search of an entry level job at Twitter, we bet you’ve noticed some changes to the city during your time here.

In addition to the people who make up the pulse of the city being a changing force, so is the skeleton of our urban playground. You need not look further than the nearest construction crane for proof. Without taking a political stand on touchy topics such as gentrification, displacement, or the Ellis Act; we’re tipping our hats to some of our favorite local businesses which will soon be no more. (Sadly, some have already closed).

Be sure to pay your respects to these San Francisco treats before they’re lost and gone forever.

Sam Wo

Neighborhood: Chinatown
Famous for: When you’ve been around for over 100 years, that’s what you’re famous for. 
Years in business: 100+ years. 

FLAX art & design


Neighborhood: Market Street  
Famous for: The best arts and crafts supplies ever.
Years in business: 37


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Neighborhood: Nob Hill
Famous for: “U-Lee’s pot stickers are not for the faint of heart. Six hockey puck-size plump dumplings arrive with their crispy, wok-seared bottoms aimed up. Cracking the crust reveals a dense mixture of pork sausage, green onions, ginger and garlic. Each is worthy of at least three bites, four if you’re on vacation.”
Years in business: 30+

King of Falafel

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Neighborhood: Lower Pacific Heights
Famous for: The first place in San Francisco to serve falafel.
Years in business: 40



Neighborhood: Russian Hill
Famous for: Emerald Dumplings (potstickers meet green curry)
Years in business: unknown

Osso & Co.

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Neighborhood: NOPA
Famous for: Friendly and personable owner with tips and advice for all pet owners.
Years in business: 7

All Star Donuts


Neighborhood: The Marina
Famous for: Serving up freshly baked goods 24 hours a day.
Years in business: 28

Taqueria Cancun

Neighborhood: The Mission
Famous for: Making it to the Final Four in FiveThirtyEight’s Burrito Bracket.
Years in business: This place is such an institution, the people who work there don’t even remember how long they’ve been open.
*According to EaterSF, there’s still hope for Taqueria Cancun. 

The Red Vic Movie House

Neighborhood: The Haight
Famous for: Not being an AMC.
Years in business: 31

La Rosa Vintage

Neighborhood: The Haight
Famous for: High end vintage.
Years in business: Unknown.
*La Rosa is one of the few businesses which we were able to find details about the rent increase. The answer? 100%. The owners raised the rent from $7k/month, to $14k/month. We don’t blame ya, Rosa. With a greedy landlord like that we’d bolt too. 

The George Krevsky Gallery, the Rena Bransten Gallery and Patricia Sweetow Gallery (all at 77 Geary)


Neighborhood: Mid-Market 
Famous for: Local art 
Years in business: 30+ years

Apollo Coffee


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Neighborhood: Western Addition
Famous for: Strong coffee and strong wifi. 
Years in business: Unknown. 

Because we love maps, we plotted these guys on a map — we’ll let you draw your own conclusions about what this means for some neighborhoods. Be sure to let us know if we’ve missed any of your favorites so we can add them to the list.

We’re obsessed with maps over here at HotPads which is why we’re mapping all of the things. Check out what else we’ve put on a map!