San Francisco

Cole Valley's La Boulangerie Temporarily Closed For Seismic Retrofit

Cole Valley's La Boulangerie de San Francisco closed on Christmas, but is set to reopen next month, according to a sign posted in the window of the cafe at the corner of Cole and Parnassus.

According to the notice, the bistro/patisserie is shuttered for "city mandated construction improvements," a reference to San Francisco's Mandatory Soft Story Program, which requires owners of older wood-framed buildings to reinforce their buildings.

Because the 3-story building (built in 1907) contains seven residential units and has ground-floor commercial use, owners will spend an estimated $40,000 to bring it up to code. The notice encourages customers to visit La Boulangerie's other locations in Hayes Valley, Noe Valley and Pacific Heights.

Thanks to tipster Mia K.


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