Haig's Delicacies. [Photo: Kevin Y./Yelp]
Clement Street staple Haig's Delicacies, which has been providing the Richmond with Mediterranean fare, spices, and coffee since 1956, has announced that it will be closing later this month. Founded by an Armenian immigrant from Istanbul, the shop drew the attention of a number of food luminaries, including James Beard, and was one of the few places where SF denizens could get items like falafel in a less food-savvy age. The shop also birthed a line of convenience foods like hummus and baba ghanoush that are still sold at Whole Foods and Bi-Rite, among other spots; that business will remain unaffected by the closure.
In a letter to customers posted on its Twitter feed, the shop thanks "all of our loyal customers who have shopped at this iconic store, some who may have remembered it from when they were children. You are all a part of our family." All stock is currently 50% off, and the folks at the Richmond SF blog note that the shelves are quickly being emptied of goods.
· Haig's Delicacies closing after 57 years; wholesale business to continue [Richmond SF Blog]