Mexican coffee chain plans to open San Francisco location

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A coffee drink and chilaquiles at La Borra del Café. 

Munsanje M. and Dorothy S. via Yelp

La Borra del Café, a coffee and bakery chain based in Mexico, has its sights set on a San Francisco location. The chain plans to open on the ground floor retail space of the Castro apartment complex at 2175 Market St., reported Hoodline.

The cafe chain serves coffee and espresso drinks (with beans roasted in-house and sourced from Mexican farmers) in addition to breakfast tortas, chilaquiles, salads, doughnuts and conchas. 

La Borra del Café has more than 70 locations in Mexico and six in the United States, mostly in Chicago and the surrounding area. This would be the chain’s first California location, although it initially had ambitious plans to open more than 200 California locations by 2025. 

However, La Borra del Café must first obtain a conditional use permit to open in the Castro, as it is a business with more than 11 locations globally and is therefore categorized as “formula retail” under San Francisco law. This law has previously made it challenging for chains to open in San Francisco, even local ones.

Popular burrito spot El Farolito was originally blocked from opening a new North Beach location by the San Francisco Planning Department in 2021, as it had 12 locations across the Bay Area at the time. The location did manage to finally open this June, after public outcry spurred the Board of Supervisors to jump in and help.

La Borra del Café has applied to establish a store at this address, but a hearing date has yet to be set, according to Hoodline. 

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