Say Goodbye Forever to Philz Coffee’s Mission District Store

Philz Coffee originated in San Francisco’s Mission District. From their, the chain has grown into a coffee powerhouse, with locations around the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond.

Now, it’s the end of an era. The original Philz location in the Mission has officially closed.

A video shared by Mission Local shows the iconic Philz sign being removed from its store by a worker on a scissor lift.

The Mission District
The Mission District

Philz reportedly closed its Mission District store due to difficulties in renewing its lease. A lack of foot traffic–which many San Francisco restaurants and food places blame for their closures–wasn’t a factor. Take that, Doom Loop promoters!

Still, the loss of Philz OG cafe is a painful one. The original location of Pete’s Coffee still operates in Berkeley, California. And the original Starbucks cafe is a major tourist attraction up in Seattle.

It’s a shame that Philz couldn’t keep its original location around. The Mission District origins are a big part of Philz culture, and are emblazoned on signs and posters at many of its stores.

The good news? Despite the close of this specific store, there’s no evidence that Philz is in any kind of trouble. In fact, the chain seems to keep expanding, with new locations constantly opening around the Bay Area.

We’re sad to see the Mission District store go. But we’re happy to see this Bay Area coffee joint otherwise thrive.

Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith is a food and travel photographer and writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographic work routinely appears in publications including Food and Wine, Conde Nast Traveler, and the New York Times and his writing appears in IEEE Spectrum, SFGate, the Bold Italic and more. Smith holds a degree in Cognitive Science (Neuroscience) and Anthropology from the Johns Hopkins University.

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