Andytown Coffee Roasters, the Outer Sunset cafe known for delicious coffee and Irish scones, has some new food and drink to check out at their fourth and latest location in the Salesforce Transit Center. Now in addition to single-origin coffee and Irish brown bread, expect soups, salads, and sandwiches, all with a view of the urban jungle that is the rooftop park.
The Salesforce Transit Center reopened to the public in July, following the repair of two cracked steel beams, which delayed the enjoyment of the highly anticipated urban playground for more than nine months. The temporary closure frustrated the shops, bars, and restaurants already moved into the new space, while many storefronts remain vacant.
Andytown did stay open for the duration, but coffee aficionados had to enter through 181 Fremont, ask security for directions, and wind their way up to the 7th floor. Now, you can also enter the cafe directly from the park via a skybridge, as originally intended and with much less confusion.
“We were shocked and impressed by how many dedicated customers were still able to find us,” says owner Lauren Crabbe. “But since the reopening, foot traffic has doubled. We always wanted to serve lunch, and we’re excited to move it off the back burner.”
The cafe always included the favorites that made the Outer Sunset locations a neighborhood institution, using freshly roasted beans for espresso and pour-overs, including the snowy plover, an iced and sparkling espresso drink with a dollop of whipped cream. Husband-and-wife owners Michael McCrory and Lauren Crabbe took inspiration from McCrory’s native Belfast, with properly crumbly pastries, including a wheaten sourdough bread, a California take on Irish brown bread, as well as currant scones and corn muffins, all slathered with their own butter and jam.
Longtime Chef Ali Hooke developed the new lunch menu, which also includes soups, salads, and sandwiches, and they’re baking bread daily on site, as well as making fresh cheeses and pickles. Of course, there are hot takes on avocado toast and veggie grain bowls, but don’t miss the Irish cheese toastie, aka gooey grilled cheese. And ask for the off-menu breakfast sandwich, which is pressed with ham, bacon, a sous vide egg, and a spicy secret sauce.
“Being in a skyscraper is really different than our beach spots, which are in older buildings with lots of character,” Crabbe describes. “But we’re still serving a slice of home and comfort, with delicious coffee and that chill neighborhood vibe.”
Starting today, Andytown’s downtown location is open at 181 Fremont from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, and is closed on the weekends. The lunch menu is available from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m.