NoPa standby Green Chile Kitchen to shutter after 14 years in business

NoPa standby Green Chile Kitchen to shutter after 14 years in business
Photo: R.A. Schuetz/Hoodline
By Alisa Scerrato - Published on September 03, 2019.

Sad news for NoPa neighbors: Longtime local fixture Green Chile Kitchen is set to close its doors later this month.

The popular New Mexico-inspired eatery announced the news via social media over Labor Day weekend, stating that its last day in business will be September 15.

Update, 11:45am: Owner Trevor Logan confirmed the closure to Hoodline, saying that he’d like to go the path of gratitude rather than complain about the difficulties of operating a restaurant in San Francisco today.

However, Logan did note that he thinks it's important to look carefully at what delivery culture is doing to businesses in the city today, as a large portion of Green Chile Kitchen was going to delivery apps that take a cut of the proceeds for themselves.

Logan has decided to leave San Francisco and move up to Sonoma to tend to his Chile Pies location in Guerneville, which he said is “doing great.”

He said that Green Chile Kitchen will always have a special place in his heart. “It’s a big part of my SF experience. I’m going to miss it like crazy. It’s just time to move on.”

When we interviewed Logan back in 2016, he said that Green Chile Kitchen began as a specialty food store featuring New Mexican ingredients and flavors. Green Chile first opened at 601 Baker St. with shelved salsas and other specialty food products, but Logan gradually added more cooked items to the menu as demand grew.

The area had limited food options back in the mid-'90s, and Logan hoped the eatery would provide the community with a neighborhood hangout. Eventually, the business grew to the point that he expanded into the larger space at 1801 McAllister St. and began operating the smaller space on Baker Street as Chile Pies.

Logan had also opened a Chile Pies location at 314 Church St., which closed in 2015. At that time, a representative told us that they decided to close to focus on the Baker Street location. In March of 2018, Chile Pies on Baker also closed. (It is now slated to become a Bob's Donuts location.)

For more, check out our 2016 profile of the restaurant, which includes a recipe for its Green Chile Apple Pie.