Issue:  Vol. 44 / No. 35 / 28 August 2014
 

Longtime Castro merchant to open new cafe

castro store picLongtime Castro merchant and business leader Patrick Batt is set to open a new cafe later this month with his business partner, Bill Singleton.

Called Eureka!, the coffeehouse will be located at 451 Castro Street next door to burger restaurant Sliders. The space had formerly housed Gelateria Naia, and before that, was the home of a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream shop.

The storefront (seen at right) is currently under construction as the entrance way is redone and the interior is remodeled. It should be complete in the next few weeks and will join two other coffeehouses coming to the Castro – Illy and Weaver Coffee – with locations on upper Market Street.

Batt and Singleton would like to welcome their first customers by the start of Leather Pride Week, Sunday, September 22, in San Francisco, which culminates with the Folsom Street Fair Sunday, September 29.

“It is going to be just a fabulous, multifaceted, cafe experience,” said Batt, a former president of the Merchants of Upper Market and Castro who owns the vintage porn store Auto Erotica on 18th Street.

The name is derived from the state motto – “Eureka … I have found it!” – as well as from what the city’s LGBT district was traditionally called before gay residents began moving onto Castro Street in the 1970s.

“This is, and always has been, Eureka Valley,” explained Batt, who officially announced his new commercial venture during this morning’s (Thursday, September 5) MUMC meeting.

They will serve coffee from local roaster Blue Bottle, french pastries from Bayview-based bakery Crepes and Brioche, which sells its sweets at the weekly Castro farmer’s market, and artisanal ice cream from a local producer they are currently negotiating with.

The hours will be 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

 

— Matthew S. Bajko, September 5, 2013 @ 3:25 pm PST
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