Now that his his six-month lease on a space in the Westfield San Francisco Centre has expired, Crème Brûlée Cart owner Curtis Kimball has disclosed to us that he won't be renewing it. The mall location did not prove to be a good match for the still-growing sugar empire, which launched as an informal cart in Dolores Park in 2009 and now includes trucks, a cart in the Financial District, and a SoMa walk-up window.
Kimball says he's using the opportunity to return to his roots and reveals that he plans to open a brick-and-mortar location in the Mission, the neighborhood where it all started. He won't yet reveal an exact spot or timeline, but the test kitchen has been playing with ever-more elaborate flavors, topping offerings, and combinations in anticipation of this next expansion, which will be a place where Kimball can take this improbably successful idea even further.
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