Legacy Business Light: Summer 2023 Newsletter

Welcome to a new quarterly newsletter about San Francisco’s Legacy Business Program! This is a forum for news and information, for and about the owners and operators of Legacy Businesses.
July 10, 2023

If you have an announcement or opportunity to share with your fellow Legacy Businesses and those interested in the program, please email

The Legacy Business Program is part of the San Francisco Office of Small Business. It is the first-of-its-kind program in the United States and is pioneering a new take on government's involvement in maintaining and promoting the small business community.

New Legacy Businesses

Throughout this year, the San Francisco Small Business Commission has been recognizing longstanding, community-serving, and culturally vital businesses, unanimously approving 23 businesses for the Legacy Business Registry. Currently, a total of 365 businesses have been added to the Legacy Business Registry since it started in 2015. The 2023 entrants include:


Blue Light

Caffe Greco

Castro Village Wine Co.

City Dogs

Developing Environments

Design Media

Dragon Seed Bridal

Guerra Quality Meats

Hing Lung Co.

La Mejor Bakery

Love on Haight

Maitri Compassionate Care


Mr. Bing's

Ng Hing Kee

Peña Pachamama

Pirro's Pizzeria

Playmates Cooperative Preschool

Simple Pleasures


South Beach Yacht Club

Tony Nik's Cafe 

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Press Highlights

St. Francis Fountain getting a new owner

“After about nine months on the market, one of San Francisco's oldest restaurants — the St. Francis Fountain in the Mission — is close to being acquired by a new owner.”

Read the full article in the San Francisco Business Times

Sai’s Vietnamese Restaurant finds a new home

“...Time-tested favorite Sai’s Vietnamese beneath the Transamerica Pyramid needed to find a new home. Thankfully the restaurant just found new life at 42 Columbus Avenue, the location of North Beach restaurant Bask.”

Read the full article on Eater SF

The Best Deal Around Is a Literary Oasis in the Heart of Downtown San Francisco

In a city known for its ballooning price tags on everything from real estate to retail, the Mechanics’ Institute, a literary oasis in the heart of Downtown, might be the very best deal in town. 

Read the full article in the SF Standard

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month with SFGovTV and the Legacy Business Program:

Joe's Ice Cream, Richmond

Paper Tree, Japantown

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Upcoming Events

City Lights 70th Anniversary

Join City Lights for 70th anniversary historic talks, poetry readings, and panel discussions throughout the summer and fall.

Find the full roster of events

Heritage Happy Hour with SF Heritage

Heritage Happy Hour is a convivial “no-host” gathering of heritage professionals, young preservationists, aficionados, friends, and Legacy Business cohorts. We get together on the Second Thursday of each month from 5-7 pm at a registered Legacy Business bar in San Francisco.

July 13: Hockey Haven, 3625 Balboa St.

August 10: Bay View Boat Club, 489 Terry A Francois Blvd.

September 14: Buena Vista Café, 2765 Hyde St.

Imaginate Saturdays 

Imaginate Saturdays is a summertime program from Creativity Explored. From 12:00 - 3:00 PM at their Mission District studio, join the free open studio time to create something new!

Learn more about Imaginate and Creativity Explored


Toolkit for Transitioning to Employee Ownership

Some Legacy Businesses may be considering succession plans for their next generation of ownership. The Office of Small Business, in partnership with the Democracy at Work Institute, created this toolkit as an introduction to employee ownership.

Access the free toolkit

Rent Stabilization Grant

Landlords of San Francisco Legacy Businesses may be able to get this grant every year as an incentive to help Legacy Businesses stay open in San Francisco. Landlords must offer a new lease of 10+ years or extend an existing lease to 10+ years.

Find out more about the Rent Stabilization Grant Program

Get help with hiring

The Office of Economic & Workforce Development’s Employer Services team is your workforce concierge and can assist your business with promoting jobs, finding local candidates, accessing hiring events, and introductions to workforce community partners. These services are available for bilingual and monolingual employers and employees.

Learn more about hiring services

Business-to-Business Spotlight

Legacy Businesses provide goods and services to individuals and fellow businesses. Do you offer a discount to fellow Legacy Businesses, and/or have services that you think might be a good fit for a fellow Legacy Business? Email it to Here are a few Legacy Business wholesalers to consider:

San Francisco Supply Master

SF Supply Master is a leading Bay Area compostable & recyclable, paper product, jan/san, and PPE product distributor, servicing restaurants, hospitals, schools, bars, hotels, and institutions. They offer next day delivery in San Francisco.

Veritable Vegetable

Veritable Vegetable is a women-owned organic produce distribution company. We source and deliver the freshest and highest quality produce, with unmatched service.

Wilcox Frozen Foods

Founded in 1946, Wilcox Frozen Foods was the first frozen food distributor in San Francisco and remains one of the few major food distributors in the city.