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2670 Geary Blvd. The Lucky Penny restaurant is scheduled to close at 9 p.m. tonight. A fixture at Geary Blvd. and Masonic Avenue since 1972, this used to be a Copper Penny Family Coffee Shop until its owner broke away from that once-thriving restaurant chain. Forty-three years later, fans of the dive, located squarely in the heart of the City, have come out in droves to savor the final breakfast – or burger and fries, “extra crispy.” The Lucky Penny will be razed and replaced with a seven-story mixed-use building to include condos, offices, retail space, and underground parking.

The Final Omelette.

The Lucky Penny became Mister SF’s go-to greasy spoon after Tappe’s Sutter Street Bar and Grill shut down in 2005. However, the atmosphere and food quality at the Penny have declined in recent years. Since spotting a mouse in the dining room earlier this year, we’ve been having our hash slung at Mel’s, 3355 Geary Blvd.

Now a veteran of several such closures of local favorites, Mister SF suggests that the Lucky Penny is reminding the gentle reader to enjoy everything while it lasts. There’s a penny for that thought somewhere, however, for the San Franciscan luck is always free.


Bridge Theatre Goes Dark

by Mister SF on 12/30/2012

>> Farewell Favorites

Mister SF says farewell to an Inner Richmond favorite.

Mister SF Takes Shelter

by Mister SF on 10/18/2012

>> In with the New!

Mister SF goes from Paris to Frankfurt via 31 Geary.

Paul’s Hats

by Mister SF on 12/28/2008

>> Farewell Favorites

Time catches up to Paul’s Hat Works.

Fly Me to the Moon

by Mister SF on 10/15/2008

>> Local Joints,Only in SF

Take these broken wings…

Gaspare’s Pizza House

by Mister SF on 10/15/2008

>> Local Joints

Gaspare’s is a favorite for Italian food in the Richmond.