PHILZ COFFEE CLOSING ORIGINAL LOCATION AFTER 20 YEARS IN S.F.
Posted By Mario on August 15, 2023
The original location of popular cafe chain Philz Coffee in San Francisco’s Mission District will soon close after 20 years in business.
Its last day will be Oct. 16, according to a company representative as its lease is ending and the company is not renewing it. Workers at the store on the corner of 24th and Folsom will receive job offers at other local Philz locations; there are now 12 others in San Francisco.
“Though the physical space may close its doors, the Mission will always hold a special place in our hearts as our first home, where Philz Coffee was born and nurtured,” read a company statement to the Chronicle.
Philz is best known for serving pour-over coffees “one cup at a time,” and infused coffee drinks like its iced mint mojito coffee, with mint flavor, a heavy hit of cream and garnished with a sprig of fresh mint. Other drinks like hot chocolate and tea are also available, along with bottles of cold brew coffee. The chain got its start at the location on 24th and Folsom streets in 2003, when company founder Phil Jaber turned his corner grocery store into a cafe.
The Mission District location maintained a distinct, more neighborly feel from the chain’s now standardized locations across the country. Its old white sign — featuring a different Philz wordmark from the one on most other locations — hangs over the corner, and inside, customers lounge at mismatched tables and sofas.
While the original Philz stayed the same, the popular chain has grown considerably. It now boasts more than 60 U.S. locations, the large majority of these in California. Philz retail coffee beans, roasted at the company’s Oakland plant, can be found in supermarkets and other retailers. Jaber’s son Jacob, who helped co-found the shop, is the current company CEO.
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