Two iconic, historic, cutting-edge, LGBT-friendly institutions for over 30 years, Hamburger Mary’s on Folsom Street and the Patio on Castro Street, are joining together to open a new Hamburger Mary’s at the Patio Cafe.
“Mary’s at the Patio” will be a lively and vibrant business and it will be desirable for the Castro neighborhood, the LGBT community, and San Francisco.
The original Hamburger Mary’s opened in 1972 and the Patio Cafe opened in the 1960’s. Both were gay-owned and operated and had a largely gay and lesbian clientele from San Francisco, the Bay Area, and tourists from around the world. Both establishments have been closed over a decade and both have been sorely missed.
Because Hamburger Mary’s has 12 locations in the U.S. the San Francisco planning department considers it (and any retail establishment with 11 or more locations) to be “formula retail.” Therefore we need to show that Mary’s is “necessary or desirable” for, and “compatible with the neighborhood or community.”
Hamburger Mary’s is not a chain or a formula retail store like Starbucks, Walgreen’s, Chipotle, or the fast-food restaurants which have thousands of locations and which are all alike. Today there are 3 “Mary’s” in California (West Hollywood, Palm Springs and Long Beach), and there are a total of 12 Hamburger Mary’s in the U.S. And there is one in Berlin. Each “Mary’s” is independently owned and operated, each one is different, and each is operated as a neighborhood restaurant.
All "Mary's" owners pride themselves on being involved in their community and every “Mary’s” gives back to their community. Mary’s bingo events, for example, have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars, and the collective of Mary’s restaurants has raised nearly one million dollars for local charities.
“Mary’s at the Patio” will bring back life to the Patio Cafe which has been closed far too long. Mary’s at the Patio will be desirable for the Castro neighborhood, the LGBT community, and San Francisco.
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