Espressamente Illy Café to Open in Castro/Eureka Valley

Castro native Joe Gurdock, who attended Douglass, now Harvey Milk Academy, and Mission High, is returning to his roots and opening an Italian Café at 2349 Market St. (former Mirror and Frame shop) next to Rollo.

Both EVNA membership and the Board feel that Joe is exactly the type of local business owner we want to encourage, nurture and help be successful. He provides a model that we feel will maintain Castro/Eureka Valley's unique character and creates a vibrant business community.

We worked collaboratively with Joe to arrive at mutual agreement on key components of the design and ongoing operation of his Espressamente Illy Café. This agreement will help ensure that it is a success while also ensuring the unique character of the neighborhood, and maintains the balance of residential and business needs. The executed agreement is attached for your information.

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