Ice Creamery 'Salt & Straw' To Open In Hayes Valley

This Friday, Portland's Salt & Straw will open its second San Francisco location at 586 Hayes St. (and Laguna) in Hayes Valley.

When we reached out to the ice cream company, a company spokesperson confirmed the date. The neighborhood addition comes six months after the company's first San Francisco shop made its way to Pacific Heights.

The Hayes St. shop is one of several ground-floor retail space tenants in the new five-story mixed-use development at Hayes and Laguna streets. Optometry practice Through The Hayes and tech product store B8ta have already moved in.

Photo: Hardy Wilson/Salt & Straw

Salt & Straw also announced that both of its San Francisco shops will donate 15 percent of profits on the opening date to support Redwood Credit Union’s North Bay Fire Relief and the Farmer’s Guild fundraising efforts.

A spokesperson also told us that the company will host public neighborhood pop-ups this week to introduce itself to Hayes Valley; it will announce more details via its social media accounts. These events will also benefit fire relief funds.

For those looking for alternatives to existing Hayes Valley scoop shop Smitten Ice Cream, Salt & Straw will feature a menu of 17 flavors created by head ice cream maker Tyler Malek. Six years ago, Malek launched the company with his cousin Kim Malek in Portland. 

The Hayes Valley shop. | Photo: Teresa Hammerl/Hoodline

The new Salt & Straw will feature flavors such as sea salt with caramel ribbons or almond brittle with salted ganache.

The two San Francisco locations also have their own set of local flavors available year-round, including Sightglass coffee and single origin Dandelion chocolate. Nafy Flatley—an alum of incubator kitchen La Cocina—is also partnering with Salt & Straw to create flavors that include Teranga baobab juice and coconut.

Inspired by the local culinary scene and harvests, each shop also has five flavors that change monthly.

Creepy Crawly Critters Halloween ice cream. | Photo: Allison Jones/Salt & Straw

According to tipster Albertino M., the ice cream store is also serving a Halloween-themed Spooktacular series. It features a Great Candycopia combo of salted butterscotch ice cream and homemade snickers, whoppers, Heath bars, and peanut butter cups for the upcoming holiday. 

Scary flavors include the Dracula’s Blood Pudding—a mix of spices and cream cooked into blood pudding—and Creepy Crawly Critters, chocolate-covered crickets and coconut toffee brittle-covered mealworms blended into matcha ice cream.

Salt & Straw in Hayes Valley will be open from 11am to 11pm daily.

Thank you to Albertino M. 

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