One of SF’s oldest restaurants now has new owners

San Franciscans rejoice — the Outdated Clam Residence cafe, positioned at 299 Bayshore Blvd., is reopening “sometime in May possibly,” new operator Filomena Florese told SFGATE. 

“I want to retain almost everything the way persons remembered it,” she said.

Which is excellent information for folks who have skipped the 161-calendar year-previous cafe during the previous two several years. Cherished dishes this kind of as the cioppino, the clambake and the clam chowder are all returning, as perfectly as the inside crammed with San Francisco memorabilia adorning the walls of this storied cafe. 

“People see me on the avenue and they ask, ‘Are you continue to likely to have the clams?’ ‘Yes I am,’” Florese laughed.

Florese, along with her loved ones, have deep roots in San Francisco. She moved listed here from Italy when she was 10 decades old and grew up in the Excelsior District, attending Visitacion Valley Junior Higher. She first went to the Previous Clam Household, which opened in 1861, when she was “maybe 19.” 

“As a young child, I genuinely failed to try to eat considerably fish,” she recounted. “But my favourite [at the Old Clam House] was the clam chowder with the bread.”

One of SF’s oldest restaurants now has new owners

The Florese loved ones will take about ownership from the Dal Bozzo loved ones.

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The former homeowners, Jerry Dal Bozzo, Jennifer Dal Bozzo and Dante Serafini introduced very last May well that the restaurant was up for sale. Florese, who operates the Mona Lisa, knew Dal Bozzo, who utilized to have the Stinking Rose and retired in 2021, by way of their ties as restaurant owners in North Seashore. 

At initial, Florese was not positive if she needed to acquire up another cafe undertaking. But that rapidly altered when Dal Bozzo gave her a tour of the cafe. 

“I walked by and noticed the history of the put and I stated, ‘Oh wow. Yea, I’m heading to do this,” she reported.

The decor and the tradition of the place will continue being intact. Nevertheless, Florese, along with new chef Valentino Luchin, will insert some Italian dishes to the menu. 

“We’re an Italian family members, so we’re heading to provide some of our items to the menu,” she reported.

Florese is also attempting to monitor down former staff of the restaurant and would like to provide them back again, if they are obtainable.

“They are aspect of The Previous Clam Home custom,” she reported. “I want to preserve anything that The Outdated Clam Residence is acknowledged for.”