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After 12 years in SoMa, during which time it became a hub for all things tech, The Creamery will close permanently today.
Owner Ivor Bradley confirmed the news to SFGATE Friday morning, saying the coffee shop’s lease has expired and — in the midst of a global pandemic that has ravaged the hospitality industry — they won’t be renewing.
“We would like to thank our regulars, and commuters, and our SoMa residents, and our Giants fans for all there support over the years,” Bradley said.
Located kitty-corner to Caltrain’s 4th and King station, The Creamery’s lore is well documented. Business Insider noted in a 2012 article its most common customers were “various venture capital fund owners and Michael Arrington, former editor of TechCrunch,” Arrington — now a venture capitalist — noted in a 2012 blog post that his firm, CrunchFund, “has probably closed … more deals there than anywhere else,” and The San Francisco Chronicle described it as “deal central” in a 2012 piece, “where members of San Francisco’s tech scene congregate and caffeinate in equal measure.”
Word of the closure spread quickly on Friday morning, with journalists and venture capitalists alike lamenting its closure including The Verge’s Silicon Valley editor Casey Newton, who tweeted a short eulogy to the beloved SoMa haunt, calling it “one of the tech world’s favorite gathering places during the early 2010s tech boom.”
Fast Company tech editor Harry McCracken likened it to NYC’s media power brokering mainstay Michael’s. “I haven’t actually BEEN to the Creamery in a long time, but will miss it. As Michael’s is (was?) to NYC media types, it was to the SF tech world.”
The Creamery opened in 2012, 16 years after Bradley first arrived in San Francisco. An Irish immigrant, Bradley also owns the next door Iron Cactus.
Grant Marek is the Editorial Director of SFGATE. Email: email@example.com | Twitter: @grant_marek