Welcome to the Castro, Mary
Hamburger Mary’s is Coming to the Castro
by Mac Chavez
The very first Hamburger Mary’s that was created from its franchise opened its doors in 1972 right out here in our city of San Francisco, and now Mary is coming back to her city roots, only this time – she’s coming to the Castro.
This coming new year, Hamburger Mary’s will be housed on the 500 block of Castro Street where Patio Cafe used to be which has been vacant for quite some time. After applying for the necessary permits and teaming up with the owners from Hamburger Mary’s, Les Natali was granted a 6-0 vote of approval from the city’s planning commission earlier this week.
Like any proposition for a new establishment being introduced into a close-knit community as the Castro, Hamburger Mary’s did receive a few opposing views from local business owners, but even with their expressed concerns – Les Natali and company were given the golden ticket to bring Hamburger Mary’s back home to the bay area.
According to reports about the new restaurant project, the space will be divided into three areas that will function under different conditions. The main entrance near the sidewalk will feature a bar and seating that will open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 2 a.m. seven days a week. An outdoor patio with a retractable roof will have seating and a second bar – it will be open from 6 a.m. until midnight seven days a week. There will be two other outside seating areas not under the retractable roof, but it will only be open during the business hours of 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.
In traditional Hamburger Mary’s fashion, Natali is hoping to have live entertainment at the 531 Castro Street location. From drag performances, karaoke and bingo nights, Natali has the expectation for Mary’s to include anything and everything under the realm of entertainment to make Hamburger Mary’s a total success.
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