Haight Street's El Faro Is Changing Hands

Haight Street's El Faro Is Changing Hands
Photo: Camden Avery/Hoodline
By Camden Avery - Published on October 31, 2015.

El Faro, the Mexican restaurant at 1654 Haight St., is still open for business—for now—but it's in the process of changing hands.

El Faro has been operating out of the storefront since the summer of 2012, a few months after Balazo closed abruptly following legal trouble with the owners' tax payments.

But what's in the works for the restaurant's future?

Alfredo Gomez, El Faro's owner, said today that he wasn't at liberty to share the buyer's name or plan for the space.

"They don't want us to disclose anything," he said. "The sign is all you get."

According to the sign in the window and the state's liquor license board, the new applicant for ownership at 1654 Haight St. is a company called Food Prints Inc. It's a new company registered to a residential address in South San Francisco, and was established in July of this year. According to the liquor license application on file with the state, Food Prints is run by Peter, Samer, and Azar Azar.

One of those listed, Peter Azar, shares the same name as the owner of Big Joe's on Monterey Blvd, but that Peter Azar told us this week that the name was entirely coincidental, and he had no plans to move into Haight St.

Gomez had no comment about when El Faro might close for business or reopen under its new ownership. We'll keep you posted as we find out more.

Thanks to Anthony for the tip.