FiDi business briefs: Foundation Cafe closes; 2 fashion retailers shut down; more [Updated]

Foundation Cafe has closed. | Photo: Andrew D./Yelp
By Britta Shoot - Published on September 16, 2020.

Here's the latest in Financial District, Lower Nob Hill and Union Square business news. In this edition: a popular FiDi cafe closes due to a drought of office workers; a shirtmaker and boutique say their goodbyes; and an athletic giant downsizes its Union Square footprint.


Foundation Cafe (355 Kearny St.)

Foundation Cafe, at Kearny and Pine streets, has posted a notice that it will be "closed for the foreseeable future."

Opened in 2013, the cheerful cafe catered to office workers with kale and quinoa bowls, avocado toast, salads and lattes. But now that those workers are gone, it can't stay afloat.

"With work-from-home policies continuing into 2021, it's impossible for our business to remain sustainable," the owners write. "We hope to see you on the other side of this. Stay well."

Legion (888 Sutter St.)

An anonymous tipster alerted Hoodline to the closure of Legion, which first opened in Chinatown in 2013 before relocating to Sutter and Leavenworth streets. The clothing boutique, gallery and art shop is moving once again, this time to Healdsburg.

"Business in San Francisco has always been challenging, and with the growing uncertainty of future business practices, renewing the shop lease just didn’t make sense," owner Sydney Pfaff wrote in a notice to customers.

"After seven years in business and 17 wonderful years living in San Francisco, I’m making the move to Sonoma County and will be taking Legion with me."

Pink Shirtmaker (255 Post St.)

Pink Shirtmaker appears to have moved on from Union Square. | Photo: Britta Shoot/Hoodline

The downtown location of British chain Pink Shirtmaker (255 Post) is now boarded up, and affixed with a sign offering the space for lease.

Owned by the Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group, the British shirtmaker has flagship stores in New York and London. Its San Francisco location is no longer listed on its website.

A representative didn't respond to a request for comment on why the shop closed.


278 Post St.

Retail space for lease at 278 Post St. | Photo: Britta Shoot/Hoodline 

Nike is downsizing in San Francisco, with half of its store at Post and Stockton streets now up for lease. 

A representative didn't respond to a request for comment on how the change affects the store's offerings, but for now, shoppers can presumably still expect to find the usual array of shoes and athletic gear.

Update, 9/21, 10:47 a.m.: The space for lease has not been part of the Nike store recently; its previous tenant was headphone retailer Sennheiser. We regret the error.

Thanks to our tipster! See something interesting while you’re out and about? Text Hoodline and we’ll try to find out what’s going on: (415) 200-3233.

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