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This San Francisco Vegan Food Mainstay Just Closed For Good

Vegan Picnic owners say they’re transitioning to a “longevity lifestyle” company

A sandwich.
The Bomb sandwich from Vegan Picnic.
Vegan Picnic
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

Vegan Picnic, a favorite Polk Gulch destination for plant-based sandwiches and deli goods, announced on Instagram that the restaurant has closed for good. The post states that owner Jill Ritchie’s Guiltlessly Delicious Plant-Based Catering is also no more. Instead, the effort that went into Vegan Picnic and the catering business will funnel toward Ritchie’s newest endeavor: the Jill Zone, a “longevity lifestyle” business.

During its seven-year tenure, Vegan Picnic was a major favorite for numerous vegetarians and vegans in San Francisco. That said, the restaurant at 1323 Polk Street never fully recovered after COVID closures — though in the summer of 2021, it reopened to an outcry of anti-mask Yelp reviews. “We are deeply grateful for the support over the years,” a post on the business Instagram about the closing reads.

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