The recent caffeinization of the Castro district shows no signs of reaching the bottom of the pot, with homegrown Philz Coffee the latest to brew up plans for a new location in the city’s gayborhood. Founded in the city’s Mission District in 2003 by Phil Jaber, the company opened its second outlet a year later in the Castro at 4023 18th Street. The 400 square foot location, however, is cramped and shares the space with a laundromat.
With its lease set to expire, Philz would like to relocate to a larger storefront at 549 Castro Street. Formerly the site of a locally-owned shoe store, the space currently houses Supervisor David Chiu’s campaign headquarters for his Assembly bid.
By doing so Philz would be able to expand the number of stations to slow drip its made-to-order coffees in the new Castro location, allowing for faster service on the weekends, when it is particularly busy. And it could liven up that block of Castro Street, which has struggled for more than a decade to draw foot traffic due to the longtime closure of the Patio restaurant and intermittent usage of the next door storefront.
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