San Francisco Signs (page 1)

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Original Joe's
San Francisco, CA


Original Joe's opened in 1937. This sign was built in 1957. The restaurant closed at the end of 2007 after a devastating fire. The first photo shows the sign in place at the original location. In 2012, Original Joe's reopened at a new location. The unrestored sign is now displayed in two parts: the round sign hangs above the take-out entrance. The larger sign is around the corner, displayed flat on the side of the building. The Joe's letter sign that was on the facade at the old building is now displayed in the dining room. For more, see this website. [map]

Squat & Gobble
Cafe & Crepery [gone]
San Francisco, CA
This Squat & Gobble Cafe & Crepery opened around 2002. The restaurant is still there but this sign is gone. The chain has four other locations in town, none of which have signs like this one. I suspect this sign was adapted from a previous business, most likely an Italian restaurant. The chef bears a strong resemblance to the one on the Original Joe's sign.

John's Grill
San Francisco, CA
John's Grill was established in 1908. The signs are probably from the 1950s. [map]

Tad's Steaks
San Francisco, CA
Tad's Steaks opened in the late 1950s or early 1960s. This restaurant was part of a nationwide chain established in New York City in 1957. At its peak, there were 28 locations. There were restaurants in Chicago, St. Louis, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and Detroit. All eight of the Tad's Steaks built in New York City have closed. This San Francisco location is the only one left. For more, see this website. [map]

Empress Jewelry
San Francisco, CA
Tai Li Co.
San Francisco, CA
Li Po
San Francisco, CA
Republic Hotel
San Francisco, CA
Art Clothing Co.
San Francisco, CA
The signs in this row are all located in Chinatown.

Empress Jewelry is long gone but this sign remains. [map]

The sign at Tai Li Co. has been left behind by a former gift shop. For more, see this website. [map]

The Li Po bar opened in 1937. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

The Republic Hotel is gone but this sign remains. [map]

The Art Clothing Co. is still in business. [map]

Galletti Brothers Shoe Repair
San Francisco, CA
2008: 2014:
Galletti Brothers Shoe Repair has been gone since at least 2007 but this sign remains behind. Apparently, the restaurant below has hung fake ivy over the sign to avoid confusion. [map]

There was a very similar sign in town which is gone now.

Mike's Shoe Shop [gone]
San Francisco, CA
The Mike's Shoe Shop sign had the same design as the one at Piedmont Cobblers Shoe Repair in Oakland, CA. This photo is from 2008. In 2014, the store closed and the sign was removed.

The Heel & I Shoe Repair
San Francisco, CA
Sunset Shoe Repair
San Francisco, CA
The Heel & I Shoe Repair sign is probably from the 1950s or earlier. [map]

Sunset Shoe Repair was established in 1900. This sign is probably from the 1950s or earlier. It was repainted sometime after 2010. This photo is from 2014. [map]

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