Dottie's True Blue Cafe has long been one of San Francisco's favorite lines in which to stand, despite its location on gritty Sixth Street (and Jones, before that). But, after over 20 years of the breakfast restaurant's popularity with locals and tourists alike (including the likes of Alton Brown), chef-owner Kurt Abney has put the 80-seat restaurant up for sale. According to Inside Scoop, Abney says the sale about "quality of life," namely his own. "I’m in my mid-50s. It’s just me who owns it, and I’ve had it for 22 years. I need to think if I want to die by the grill, or have some freedom." And following the restaurant's move from its much smaller Tenderloin digs three years ago, doing 350 covers a day/five days a week has taken its toll.
The ad lists the restaurant's assets for sale, with a $12,350/month, 16 year lease included. The 5,400 square-foot space boasts 80 seats, a spacious prep kitchen and roof deck. However, if the right buyer comes along, Abney would be willing to sell the whole shebang, including the name.
If the business finds a buyer, Abney told Scoop he'd consider starting over in a smaller space— or not. And if it doesn't sell, business will carry on as usual, serving up breakfast food to the huddle Sixth Street masses.