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.
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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