Cult Filipino Restaurant set to open in San Francisco spot
After three years of anticipation, Filipino fast food chain Jollibee is on the verge of opening its highly anticipated downtown San Francisco location, set to occupy a 7,400-square-foot retail space at 934 Market St. Currently, the space still bears the remnants of its former life as a Payless store, but recent permits, job postings, and visible work progress suggest that the long-awaited opening could be imminent.
Located at the entrance to the Powell Street BART station, the new Jollibee restaurant promises to inject a refreshing dose of flavor and vibrancy to a stretch of Market Street that has been plagued by a high number of vacant storefronts. A menu featuring their signature crispy fried chicken and mouthwatering peach-mango hand pies is sure to attract hungry patrons and bring a much-needed boost to the area.
According to submitted plans, the restaurant will have seating capacity for approximately 28 guests and underwent a $1 million renovation to convert the space from retail to a restaurant. The addition of Jollibee to the downtown San Francisco dining scene marks a significant milestone for the Filipino chain, which has established itself as a beloved and popular brand in the Bay Area.
While their first U.S. location opened in Daly City in 1998, their presence in San Francisco proper has been limited, with their only previous location closing in 2011. Today, Jollibee boasts 72 restaurants across the United States and over 1,500 locations worldwide, and their much-awaited return to San Francisco is sure to be met with enthusiasm by fans of their unique culinary offerings.