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A Classic Haight-Ashbury Cafe Has Closed

Blue Front Cafe, open since 1961, closed permanently after co-owner Hani Khoury filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on December 26

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Lauren Saria is the editor of Eater SF and has been writing about food, drinks, and restaurants for more than a decade.

A long-running Mediterranean restaurant in the famous Haight-Ashbury corridor closed permanently late last year. According to reports from multiple outlets, Blue Front Cafe, located at 1430 Haight Street, ended its 63-year-long run after co-owner Hani Khoury filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on December 26. The San Francisco Standard reports the restaurant has been dark since late November, and Khoury confirmed to various news outlets that he does not plan to reopen the business.

The restaurant opened in 1961, and brothers Hani and Issam Khoury acquired the business in 1992. Per the San Francisco Business Times, the owner's bankruptcy filing declared “$567,000 in liabilities against just over $100,000 in assets.” Blue Front struggled even before the pandemic, but Hani Khoury tells the Standard that business has dropped off since COVID due in part to a decline in catering orders from office workers.

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