by Sari Staver
The Castro’s iconic Cafe Flore has been purchased by LGBT buyers who intend to keep the popular outdoor eatery much the same as it has been in recent years.
According to sources close to the transaction, the sale will close escrow January 2.
Complete details of the sale, including an interview with the new owners, will be in next week’s Bay Area Reporter.
The 43-year-old restaurant has been for sale since July, when the current owners listed the business and its liquor license for sale for $495,000. (http://www.ebar.com/news/article.php?sec=news&article=71721)
The funky dining and drinking spot, which was awarded best place for lunch and best outdoor patio in the Bay Area Reporter’s Besties readers’ poll in 2016, has hosted many charity fundraisers and community events, including last year’s 25th anniversary party for ACT UP.
The property is currently owned by a partnership that includes Realtor Steven “Stu” Gerry, who had told the B.A.R. that there was a lot of interest by potential buyers. Three groups of potential buyers scheduled appointments to see the restaurant the day after it went on the market. The property, owned by J.D. Petras, was not for sale.
According to the San Francisco Heritage website, the building that Cafe Flore occupies dates back to the early 20th century when the Castro was then known as “Little Scandinavia” due to the large numbers of Nordic immigrants who called the district home. The plot of land that would eventually become Cafe Flore originally contained a Swedish bathhouse.
The designer of the building, Alfred Finnila, later contributed to the construction of the Golden Gate Bridge, where he oversaw the iron and roadway installation.