543 Haight

543 Haight is the third business address that is part of the one story structure David Keene purchased in the mid 1990s. The space is occasionally used for a special event and mostly serves as storage space supporting Rosamunde and the Toronado.

While 543 Haight is home to a business today, it does have it’s own varied history.

Referencing Polk’s City Directory, 543 Haight was known as Rock and Roll San Francisco. in 1999. Prior to that, between 1984 and 1998 it was home to Nathan’s Florists. This location was listed as vacant between 1975 and 1983 then shows up as The Red Door Restaurant in 1974 and Original New Orleans Creole Kitchen in 1973. Between 1969 and 1972 Tille’s Cafe was here.

Jumping back to the early 1950s, Myrtle Bakery operated out of 543 Haight between 1953 and 1960. It shows as vacant in 1961 then listed as Akbar Donut & Coffee and then as Myrtle Bakery (again) from 1964-1965, and as Rolfe’s Steak House in 1966.

Remember any of these spots? Let me know, I’ll update this timeline with whatever I dig up as I keep looking for more details on the Lower Haight’s history.

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