In the past few weeks, there have been a lot of changes to businesses around the Castro, especially along Noe Street. Here's the latest in openings, closings, and other changes around the neighborhood.
Rosenberg Deli, at 276 Noe St., is undergoing an ownership change, as a liquor-license transfer in the window indicates. Current owner Chris Kort told Hoodline that he's selling the deli to a friend, though he couldn't disclose his or her name, as the deal had not yet been finalized. Kort, who has owned the deli for 10 years, assured Hoodline that the new owner would continue running the business as Rosenberg Deli after the change of ownership.
Noe & Market Laundromat
Just a few doors down from Rosenberg Deli, Noe & Market Laundromat (262 Noe St.) will be closing this Friday. (Tipster Susan T. alerted us to the shutter.) In a common theme for recent closures, they say high rents are to blame. A notice in the window about the closure reads as follows:
"We will, sadly, be closing our doors at the end of the month. We really appreciate all the support and friendly faces that have frequented this Laundromat over the many years. Our small business can't keep up with the skyrocketing rents."
If you're looking for another place to wash your clothes, Noe & Market's owners recommend that you head over to their sister store, Star Wash, at 392 Dolores.
After hitting the market in June, it didn't take long for Jumpin' Java and the unit above it to sell at 139 Noe St. Listing agent Amina Yee tells Hoodline that the property closed last week, going for $1.975 million, 32 percent above the asking price. When we asked Yee about the new owner's plans for the former Jumpin' Java, she told us that the buyer, an architect, may use the space as an office, but there are no definite plans yet.
The Kitty Chateau
Last week, we told you about The Kitty Chateau, the new cat boarding business that soon may be opening at 4406 18th St. Now we have some more details. Hoodline was able to speak with owner Troy Woodcox, who, along with his wife Chandra Woodcox, will be opening the small, boutique-style cat boarding business.
While he wasn't able to confirm all of the details of the project, which is still in early stages of development, Woodcox says the plan is to offer a high-end cat boarding business with eight suites. They are also considering providing a variety of different non-boarding services, including grooming, healthy cat food, and potentially even pet adoption.
Woodcox and his wife, neighborhood residents who've lived in San Francisco for 18 years, decided to open up The Kitty Chateau after being frustrated by the inconvenience of having no options in the neighborhood for felines. Woodcox said that everything went smoothly at the Health Department meeting last week, and if things continue to go well, they're looking to open sometime before Thanksgiving.
Back in December, Philz Coffee gained approval from the Planning Commission to move their itty-bitty 4023 18th St. store around the corner, to a larger space at 549 Castro St. Construction crews have been hard at work over the past few months, and a banner recently went up letting people know that Philz is hiring for the new location. Philz Coffee employee and Castro resident Richard Kim told Hoodline the local coffee chain is planning to open the new location in early November.
As if that's not enough, as we noted yesterday, Streetlight Records will close on Saturday after 35 years, and Lucky 13's patio has been put temporarily out of commission.
We'll be sure to keep you up-to-date with any more news on these and other businesses. As always, we appreciate any tips you can give us on shifts in the Castro business landscape.