Passion Cafe Has Left the Building…

By now, you’ve probably heard that Passion Cafe (28 Sixth St.) has closed their doors. We’ve waited a bit to post it because we were trying to get the scoop from Passion owner (and co-board member of the South of Market Business Association), Steve Barton.

Unfortunately, Steve has been M.I.A. opting to take a much needed vacation in the aftermath of their closure. Kudos to him, because I don’t know that I know anyone who has put more hours of dedication into something with the cards stacked so completely against them than Steve.

Welcome to the Hood, Dottie's

The rumors are true, this time. Passion Cafe has closed for good, and will soon be replaced by Dottie’s True Blue Cafe. Why would anyone want to take over this space after the past couple years where Passion Cafe was tormented by robbery, assault, open air drugs and prostitution (NOTE: There’s a reason all of their side windows were blocked off) and even public defecation in their entryway? The answer, as far as I can tell, is space.

Dottie’s True Blue Cafe is currently located in a tiny spot on Jones Street in the Tenderloin. It’s grown so popular that it’s pretty common to find an hour and a half wait for one of their 40 or so tables. Moving into Passion’s space will increase their size substantially, as well as provide them with a beautiful outdoor patio.

Hopefully, for Dottie’s sake, their popularity will help to draw more people to their new location. They are currently located in the Tenderloin, so perhaps they’re used to dealing with the first of the month.

A couple years ago, Dottie’s was featured on Diners, Dives and Drive-Ins:

Welcome to the SOMA Neighborhood, Dottie’s True Blue Cafe. I wish you luck and good fortune in your new location. If history is any indication, you’re gonna need it.


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8 thoughts on “Passion Cafe Has Left the Building…

  1. well, put

    Talk about the first of the month. If there’s a line outside Dotties on the 1st, there’ll be a second line going down the alley on the same corner on the 1st

    In fact, if Dotties stays popular it’s going to be really interesting to see this

  2. With double the space of where they are now, the rooftop cafe when there’s good weather; they’re going to be fine, though they may need to put someone at the door just to keep people from being hassled.

    While Kurt is a fine chef, he also has a temper and has been known to totally lose his cool at his staff for mistakes, at the top of his lungs, and has no tolerance for b.s. from customers, or the wandering crazy person, so I have no doubt that pretty shortly 6th st. will learn who the real character is, and steer clear of pissing him off.

  3. That would be interesting. I have personally heard some crazy horror stories from the folks at Passion Cafe, and I’d be curious to see if Kurt will be able to change that. I definitely wish them well, and will be in line when they open, eager to check it out.

  4. But Boo about Passion closing. I was just there a few weeks ago and the food was actually great but it did seem like the staff was a little tired/leery.

  5. Yeah, it’s very difficult to maintain a high quality establishment in that location. I can’t even imagine dealing with what they had to deal with for two years.

  6. Kurt or any owner can show all the bad temper they want on their premises, but that’s not what will decide the fate of Dottie’s on 6th Street. It’s the intimidation, sexual and physical threats and harrassment of customers going to or from Dottie’s that will eventually kill it. Every business that’s opened on 6th Street had good customer response at first, then their customer base was scared off until they ran out of foot traffic.

    Wait for the Yelp reviews to start: “I love Dottie’s, but the neighborhood is the pits. Don’t ever go there.”

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