Sam’s is heading to ATL
Long-running North Beach burger spot Sam’s, praised by the late Anthony Bourdain as the home of a “top three” burger in the world, is opening a much larger location in Atlanta, Georgia. The unfussy late-night favorite for foodies and chefs at 618 Broadway will unveil a southern spinoff in a shiny new building in midtown Atlanta. “Sam’s of San Francisco will be a hybrid spinoff of what we currently have in San Fran,” co-owner Fadi El Shawa told What Now Atlanta. He and brothers Hani and Emad have run the business sine the passing of their father, Mike “Sam” El Shawa, whose own uncle Sam opened the counter in 1966. Not only will the new Sam’s be bigger than the hole-in-the-wall original, it will feature a larger menu, with as many as 50 burgers and 100 sandwiches, and beer and wine from San Francisco and Napa for Atlantans to enjoy.
Leading Bay Area seafood company Hog Island is expanding their Tomales Bay-based operation with a restaurant at the Marin Country Mart. The Chronicle reports that co-owner John Finger is taking over the former Togo’s space for the new Hog Island location, which wll have 40 seats indoors and 40 outdoors. Recently, Hog Island expanded to take over the old Tony’s Seafood; It also operates Hog Island locations in San Francisco’s Ferry Building at at Napa’s Oxbow Public Market.
Market Street See’s has closed
See’s Candies is saying “later” to the Safeway complex on Market Street, leaving another cavity in the area’s retail sector. The major candy company, which manufactures its products in San Francisco and Los Angeles, still runs local shops at 542 Market Street, with outlets in the Richmond District, Embarcadero Center, and Fisherman’s Wharf.
New Andronico’s grocery headed to Seacliff
375 32nd Avenue, formerly a Fresh & Easy neighborhood market, will become an Andronico’s. The grocery chain Safeway, which acquired the local chain Andronico’s in 2016, is opening a branch under the Andronico’s brand identity at the 16,664-square-foot-vacant space, the SF Business Times reports.