kpix-7-2013-masthead kcbs 7-2013-masthead

Local

Famed Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant Closing Up Shop

View Comments
Joe's Cable Car in San Francisco's Mission District. (CBS)

Joe’s Cable Car in San Francisco’s Mission District. (CBS)

AnnaDuckworth20100909_KCBS_0483r Anna Duckworth
Anna started her broadcasting career at KCBS in 1994, a few mont...
Read More

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up
Trending Stories On CBS SF

ok trends Famed Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant Closing Up ShopOKCupid Dating Website Admits To Deceiving Users With Phony Match Results

crocker amazon tiny home Famed Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant Closing Up ShopSizzling Hot, Or Overcooked? Big Asking Price For Tiny Fixer Upper In San Francisco

yosemite fire copy Famed Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant Closing Up Shop13 Homes Destroyed In Sand Fire Near Plymouth; Fire Near Yosemite Growing

bigrig5801 Famed Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant Closing Up ShopWestbound I-580 Lanes Reopen In Livermore After Big Rig Crash Spills Bananas, Causes Major Delays

lawn spray painting Famed Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant Closing Up ShopSoCal Homeowners Spray-Painting Lawns Green To Avoid Water Fees During Drought

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A San Francisco institution, known for its old-fashioned burgers, is getting ready to close its doors for good.

Joe Obegi started grilling burgers at Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant, located on Mission Street near Silver, in 1965. “It was built to look like a cable car ,” he said. “And it was window service.”

Eventually, in 1983, Obegi expanded the restaurant to include booth and table seating. More recently, it was featured on the popular Food Network show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives,” hosted by celebrity chef Guy Fieri.

“Good food brings good people and smiley people,” Obegi said. “And I love that.”

Known by loyal customers and food critics for having one of the best burgers in San Francisco, Obegi has been proud to “ground his own fresh chuck daily.” The fresh ground beef steaks are made of 100% U.S.D.A., government inspected, choice beef chuck.

Diner Addy Canaveri said she appreciated the fact that Obegi has always used fresh ground chuck for his burgers.

“It’s nice to have somewhere with high quality ingredients, but in a more relaxed atmosphere,” she said.

Obegi said when he opened, the burgers cost 40 cents. Now, they’re $11.

He said he doesn’t want to sell because he doesn’t want the quality of burgers to change.

The last day of service at Joe’s Cable Car Restaurant is March 16.

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus