Good news and bad news about the upcoming outpost of Sightglass coffee at Divisadero and Page.
The good news: structural upgrades to the building are now complete, and the buildout of the space is slated to begin in earnest next week.
The bad news: those structural upgrades took far longer than expected, delaying the planned opening date by about a year, from summer 2015 to summer 2016.
As we first learned in December 2014, Sightglass is taking over the former KJ Produce space at 301 Divisadero. At the time, structural work was already well underway, and the Sightglass team anticipated opening by the end of summer 2015.
This morning, we checked in with Sightglass co-founder Jerad Morrison for an update. Morrison described the structural work as "more time-consuming and tedious than we had expected," but said the phase was complete as of this past November. Sightglass spent the holiday period doing initial prep work with its contractor so they could "go full speed ahead" on the buildout starting next week.
The project may also be taking longer than expected because of a second endeavor, the upcoming Sightglass coffee bar at SFMOMA. "The nature of [the SFMOMA] project has demanded a good deal of our resources," Morrison said, noting that the opening is slated for May 14th.
So, Sightglass is now aiming for a mid-summer 2016 debut on Divisadero. The café might include a walk-up coffee window, according to recent permits, although Morrison said details of the space were still subject to change. He also made it clear that they are just as eager for the buildout to be complete as local residents and coffee aficionados might be.
"We can't wait to open our doors and be a daily part of the neighborhood."