San Francisco’s sandwich oasis, Merigan Sub Shop, will close its doors on October 8, according to chef/owner Liza Shaw. The bad news comes on the heels of last week’s closure of Citizen’s Band and Pinkies, Volta the previous week, and other popular eateries.
Shaw, known for her focus on whole animal butchery and local sourcing, says that part of the reason for the closure was that she “had a clear and noble vision and stuck to it, sometimes to a fault.” While Shaw declined to blame the “myriad of factors” that led to the decision to close in her announcement on Facebook, the shop’s location of the beaten path, cost of labor, shortage of staff, and cost of food certainly contributed. Shaw already has a buyer lined up for her shop on Second Street, which she opened only three years ago.
From Shaw’s Facebook announcement:
And, on a final note, if you love a place and you want it to be around for a long time, please support it. Life is short.
In the meantime, stop by for one of Merigan’s crazy-good porchetta sandwich topped with cracklins, bodacious meatball subs, or chicken parms. It’s open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.