The Wise Sons bagel and deli empire is growing into Hayes Valley, where the new-school Jewish food purveyors will take over the 537 Octavia Street space currently occupied by Berkeley-based coffee roaster Artís Coffee. The cafe’s lease was sold to Wise Sons, as a (perhaps unhappy) Artís employee divulges to Hoodline, news that a Wise Sons representative confirms to Eater.
The last day for the coffee shop is July 23rd, and Wise Sons will retain most of the cafe’s staff. Its closure marks the chain’s retreat from SF altogether, as Artís’s Castro location closed last summer.
A Hayes Valley Wise Sons will be the fifth location for the brand, with its fourth opened just this week in the Marin Country Mart. The other Wise Sons locations are its original deli restaurant spot on 24th street, its bagel and bakery location on Fillmore, and a window in the Contemporary Jewish Museum.
Before Artís moved to Octavia Street in 2015, it converted the small, 700-square-foot space from retail to limited restaurant use, as Planning Department documents show. That would indicate that Wise Sons won’t be making patty melts, as it does on 24th Street, in Hayes Valley. Instead, a coffee and bagel outpost sounds more likely. Eater has reached out to the Wise Sons tribe and will update with details accordingly.