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Two Legendary San Francisco Businesses Are Up for Sale

The Anchor Brewing property in San Francisco and Oakland’s oldest kosher bakery are both on the market

The exterior of Anchor Brewing Company can be seen in San Francisco, California, on Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. Photo by Gabrielle Lurie/San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images
Lauren Saria is the editor of Eater SF and has been writing about food, drinks, and restaurants for more than a decade.

If you’ve got a bit of money lying around, here are a couple of interesting business opportunities to look into. Per SFGATE, Anchor Brewing’s San Francisco property recently hit the market, and in Oakland, one of the Bay Area’s longest-running kosher bakeries is also up for sale. The Chronicle reports that Grand Bakery, which has been open since 1959, is being sold for just $1. “It’s never been about the money,” owner Sam Tobis tells the outlet. Instead, he’s more focused on finding the right buyer for the wholesale bakery, which provides Jewish baked goods like challah and honey cakes to grocery stores and synagogues.

Meanwhile, in San Francisco, the approximately 2-acre property at 495 and 501 De Haro Street, formerly home to Anchor’s brewing operations and taproom, is also for sale. Fans will remember that Anchor announced its sudden closure in July, when Sam Singer, a representative for the company, said the historic brewery was losing millions of dollars a year. A sale price for the property hasn’t been disclosed, nor for the business itself, which a group of former employees have expressed interest in purchasing and reopening as a worker-owned cooperative.

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