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Two Old School SF Spots Get New Owners

Time will tell how much they’ll change — because they will

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As much as this city hates change, nothing lasts forever. Up next on the change docket are No. 9 Fishermen’s Grotto and Fly Trap, both of which have new owners. Here’s what to expect for them both.

No. 9 Fishermen’s Grotto

Open since 1935 in Fisherman's Wharf, No. 9 Fishermen’s Grotto is being sold to Chris Henry, who also owns Tommy’s Joynt on Van Ness Avenue and Barrel House Tavern in Sausalito. The owners want to retire, which is why they’re selling, but not much else will be changing. Henry plans to keep the name and iconic sign, as well as keeping on the same staff. "We’re going to freshen thing up, but keep the historic San Francisco vibe to the place," Henry told Hoodline. "I'm really about sustainability and sourcing from local purveyors, and we have our own fishing boat. We do need to update it and bring it into today’s expectations of today’s diners. We’ll tweak the menu." Expect changes to go into effect this fall.

Fly Trap

Chef Hoss Zaré has owned the 118-year-old Fly Trap in SoMa since August 2008, though he’s been working there since 1988. Now, he wants to focus on cooking his heritage Iranian food, so he’s passing the business on to bar manager Valen West. West will keep the name and the staff, but the concept will slowly shift to something new, which has yet to be announced.

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