Can It Be a Hamm's Brewery?

Iconic 18th and Mission Dump to Become a Brewery

This festering shithole of a structure has been made increasingly dilapidated with every preservation attempt (the last effort to convert the space into a grocery store was halted after construction crews were caught illegally demoing the quasi-historic facade).  But now it seems another attempt to revive the old 99 cent store is in the works, as the sleuths over at Eater report that “according to newly filed building permits, the property owners are aiming to make it a ‘full-service restaurant and brewery.’”

Who will be operating the brew pub remains unknown—and who knows if it’ll actually happen—but we’ll update you if we hear more.

Comments (33)

Every time I’m at that intersection the building seems to be a little more fucked up than the last time I was there. 


yo son, I aint know PBR was doing it big like that. 

They better have air hockey. The bar is high with mini-golf and bowling in the hood.

What happened to the enameled steel panels that they illegally removed? Will they be returned, I hope?

About time. That has been a vacant eyesore for a while. We may be going a bit too far with the historical preservation of every building in the city.  

No shit.

This isn’t about “the historic preservation of every building in the city”; it is about the historic preservation of a Mission Street theater.  It also happens to be about not breaking the law when you are developing a property.

That was a theatre? How? There must have been drastic interior renovations decades ago, because it’s a simple two-story structure now. I thought it might have been an Art Deco-era auto dealership.

Nope, it wasn’t a theater. It started out as a stove store: Gernhardt and Strohmeier.  Here’s some photos from 1939:…. became really fascinated by this building when they pulled the siding off, and fell into a research hole on the history of the stove company and owners. I don’t have my notes in front of me otherwise I’d bore you with details of where the family lived in the 1920s. I hope they keep the facade and restore the clock; it’s a pretty sweet looking building.

And if there’s one thing Mission street between 16th and 24th needs, it’s that we keep all four (five?) of its “historic” movie theaters as dilapidated vacants until the glorious day when the kids come to their senses, realize that this “home video” and “internet” technology is just a fad, and go back to spending their saturday afternoons watching newsreels and Looney Tunes shorts at the local cinemagraphorium like God and Eisenhower (but I repeat myself) intended.


It doesn’t need to be a theater…it would just be nice to keep the historic façade and historic details.  Develop away, please…just do it above board.  Lord knows there is plenty of shit-box architecture going up around.

Exactly so.

We should be so lucky.  It would be great if all of the theatres could be restored/re-purposed. 

Well said.  This is absolutely a building worthy of preservation.  An architectural gem.

Save the clock tower!

This is great news for Amanda and Duc Loi. A big grocery store there would have posed a serious challenge.

Duc loi is shit. I really hope someone can compete with them. Their prices are often as high as bi-rite for somethings, their quality is often as low as that corner grocery store that sells rotting produce that just opened at 16th and mission.

This is a welcome change to the intersection.

Duc Loi is the Beverly Hills Whole Foods compared to what it was before the condos above it were built. It was a disgusting, stinky filthy place that was worse than any other Mission st vegetable stand.

Are those condos? It looks like a government housing project - ie, “affordable housing”.

It’s hideous, but yes, it’s just regular-old market rate housing, to the best of my knowledge.

A 4-bedroom/2-bath condo in the Mission for $674K. My God.

And that was only 5 years ago.

That’s not true!!!! The produce market was a little shabby but fun. Why does Whitey want to clean errthang up all the time?

You are an idiot, Duc Loi is a great store and Amanda and Howard are awesome. Shopping at Foods Co sounds like what you should be doing.

It’s better than what was there but I would hesitate to call it a “great store”.

You are entitled to your opinion. Most of the produce is rotten but they charge high prices, higher than safeway certainly. There are atleast 2-3 mexican grocers within two blocks of duc loi with superior produce. Also, really appreciate the one on 19th and mission (or maybe 20th), which appears to be owned by an asian family. Small but good quality stuff.

I live within a block or so of many grocers, including Duc Loi. None of the others in the neighborhood have Duc Loi’s selection, esp. of organic produce. And that’s ignoring everything else (non-perishables) in the store. It is the most “full service” place in the neighborhood. It is true that I occasionally get something home only to discover it is moldy, but that can usually be avoided with a little diligence.

I fully agree, they have the widest variety of ethnic food in the neighborhood, a good meat department, great sandwiches and homemade kimchi and seaweed salad. Amanda has ordered many different items for my wife and myself that I rarely have to go to other stores anymore. 

I agree - the selection in the butcher-shop part of Duc Loi  is great. And the family-owned service is cheerful.  Great selection of random dried and fresh  ingredients for east asian dishes that can be a bit hard to find elsewhere. 

The fruit is often a bit past its prime, but that’s not the end of the world. 

Laughable. The rich have such faith in eternal boom. How much money would that take? At least a million right? When the USA, along with China and the EU do a double dip, and go to depression, who is going to support all these new bars and eateries? The one solace I have after 25 years, and seeing half my working class friends kicked/forced outta the city, is going to be watching half of all this shit close in two years. I really want to see tatooed hipster cool chefs and start up fucks crying in the streets. But that won’t happen. They’ve padded their asses off shore. I mean I ‘think’ they have right? Maybe too blind.

I wonder about that as well. The number of new bars, restaurants, and breweries is really getting obscene both in San Francisco and in Oakland where I reside. These are strong economic times in the area but it will not last forever. I doubt we’ll see anything as bad as the exodus of 2000 - despite the hopes of many - but there will be a downturn eventually; that’s just how it works. I guess it’s good that these once-dilapidated buildings are getting some work done so even if many of these new places have to close, these areas won’t be stuck with eyesores (and they’ll be ready for a future tenant). But every other building being an alcohol and/or food joint doesn’t seem like a good idea from a sustainability standpoint. But what can be done? It’s not like book stores and record stores are coming back in any meaningful way. I just think we’re asking for trouble. But, hey, good luck to this new spot. The building is certainly cool looking.

There just seems to be a randomness about which buildings get tagged for violating building department and planning codes, and which projects are greenlited despite.      Its probably a tough situation to control, without necessarialy bad guys stearing the process.