May 28, 2024


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Decades-old Tyger’s Coffee Shop quietly closes in San Francisco

Tyger’s Coffee Shop, a longstanding fixture of San Francisco’s Glen Park neighborhood, has quietly closed.

Glen Park Association first reported that the nearly 30-year-old diner permanently closed on March 31, though specific details surrounding the closure are unclear.

On Wednesday, SFGATE spoke briefly with the new business owner, who was giving the restaurant interior a fresh paint coat, but he declined to comment on what will replace Tyger’s Coffee Shop.

According to Glen Park Association, the restaurant had briefly closed last year during the pandemic, but reopened later to offer takeout and eventually outdoor dining service. Its business hours had also been reduced, according to a photo shared by SF Heritage.

Over the years, Tyger’s Coffee Shop had been the gathering place for locals who will best remember the business for its no-fuss atmosphere, and classic breakfast and lunch staples. The restaurant first opened in 1992, with Young Kim becoming the owner of Tyger’s Coffee Shop in 1997. Kim told Glen Park Association in 2018 that his customers would share how much they favored the restaurant’s classic menu.

“Most customers say, ‘Don’t change, don’t change,’” Kim told Glen Park Association.

Tyger’s Coffee Shop was located at 2798 Diamond St. in San Francisco.