Cawfee Tawk: New Red Door Coffee Now Open, Mazarine Coffee Coming, and Illycaffè on Union


A look at Red Door Coffee’s new lounge area at 505 Howard. Photo via @reddoorcoffee on Instagram.

Three new places join our coffee scene: first is ~RED DOOR COFFEE~, which we wrote about a few months ago. This project is the second location of the Red Door Coffee that founder Eiming Jung runs out of 111 Minna (and will continue to do so). He partnered with David Mabry and Michelle Delaney on this new location, which features a lounge area and small kitchen (1601 Bar & Kitchen will be offering lunch items).

They are serving Four Barrel coffee, which you can enjoy in a designated public space in the building and an open-air plaza. There is also Wi-Fi (and outlets). Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-5pm and Sat 8am-1pm; once the application for a beer and wine license goes through, there will be happy hour Mon-Fri from 5pm-8pm or so. They’re in soft opening mode right now, and Monday will be full throttle. 505 Howard St. at 1st St.

Opening on Monday December 8th downtown is the new ~MAZARINE COFFEE~. It’s named for Paris’ oldest public library and comes from owner Hamid Rafati. They’ll be serving Klatch Coffee, a roaster from Southern California, along with Ritual. In the morning, there will be a breakfast menu, and then an all-day menu of sandwiches and salads. You’ll also find pastries from Starter Bakery, beer on tap, and wine. The space was designed by Boor Bridges Architecture, who also did The Mill and Sightglass (they’ve got a bit of a coffee niche, it would seem), and they are using a special line of indigo dishes by Heath.

If you’d like to check Mazarine out at a special opening party, you can: there will be two on Wednesday December 3rd and another two on Thursday December 4th, from 8am-11am or 12pm-3pm. They’ll be serving free sandwiches and salads, and all coffee will be $1, with wine and beer for $3. To attend, send an email with your name, day you’d like to attend, number in your party and preferred time to save your spot. Once open, hours will be Mon-Sat 8am-5pm. Eventually, they’ll expand to 7am-7pm. 720 Market St. at Kearny, 415-398-7700.

Meanwhile, over in Cow Hollow is the third ~ESPRESSAMENTE ILLYCAFFÈ~, which is scheduled to open Monday December 1st in the Metro Theater building on Union Street (i.e., the Equinox gym building). There are 49 seats, with a variety of espresso drinks, brewed coffee, and food items, ranging from panini to salads to desserts based on recipes inspired by Joyce Goldstein. Free Wi-Fi. Open daily 6am-9pm. You can come by throughout the scheduled opening week for a complimentary illy espresso. 2055 Union St. at Webster.