518 Haight Street, a Market, Bookstore and Restaurant Spot

518 Haight Street has seen quite a bit of change as a business location. It currently operates as Nara, a Korean fusion restaurant that opened in 2015. In 2012 the location was known as Greenburger and closed in 2015. Prior to that Bistro St. Germain operated it’s restaurant. In the “Plywood Report” published by Eater SF:

Lower Haight: A rather quick transformation has gone down on Haight, where the oddly-ornate Visit Thai restaurant has shuttered to make way for something called Bistro St. Germain. The interior remains mostly the same, aside from a mural of the Paris skyline on the east wall. From the looks of the decor—not to mention the onion soup and moules frites teases on the storefront—we’re thinking it’s a traditional French bistro (from the same owners Laurent Legendre of Le P’tit Laurent, learns Ms. Tablehopper). Looks ready to roll out any day now too. [POST-PLYWOOD]

Visit Thai operated at 518 Haight Street between 2007 and 2008. Per the Polk City Directory for San Francisco, no business is listed between 1999 and 2006. Between 1996 and 1998 Affordable Essentials operated out of 518 Haight. It shows as vacant in 1995. Between 1990 and 1994 Diluvian Book Shop sold beautiful first edition books in its collection and operated as Bibliomancy Books between 1981 and 1989. No business is listed between 1977 and 1980.

In the early 1950s through 1965, 518 Haight Street operated as Midtown Food Market. Between 1956 and 1970 Polk’s Directory shows Buy and Save Meat market as the business listing, then between 1971 and 1974, the business listed as Soul Brother’s Liquor and Grocery . The last time it this location was listed as a liquor store shows as Bryant’s Liquors between 1975 and 1976.

Nara’s doing well and has become a popular spot for sake and sushi.

Do you have memories of the 518 Haight location? Drop me a line, I’d love to hear more. I’ll update this post as I come across more history for this spot near the corner of Haight and Fillmore.

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