While the recession continues on leaving many empty spots on "the Main Street" corridors of the nation, there are many small businesses stepping up and taking risks by initiating more business opportunities anyway, despite the risks.
The empty space at 170 West Portal Ave is now home to Goat Hill Pizza, as it will have a grand opening on August 27. With two other locations in the City, Goat Hill Pizza owner Phillip DeAndrade wants to bring its long-established neighborhood camaraderie to The West Portal area.
Established in 1975 in Potrero Hill, Goat Hill Pizza has been an anchor gathering in a loyal following that appreciate the all-homemade dishes. With its signature sourdough pizza crust, fresh salads and soups and its "all you can eat" on Monday nights, Goat Hill Pizza has been a favorite for more than 30 years. It hopes to build that same longevity and following in West Portal.
"We will be introducing specials and unique dishes designed just for our West Portal location," said general manager, Elena Nuestadt. She emphasized that with everything being home made, Goat Hill staff will be eager to create special calzones, salads and pizza creations aimed at pleasing the West Portal neighborhood.
"We are excited to be a part of West Portal and so far we have been getting lots of good feed-back from locals who are happy we are moving in,” Nuestadt said.
Right next to the public parking lot, Goat Hill Pizza is filling an empty spot. The current economic recession has caused closures in just about every neighborhood. While Goat Hill might create some competition for other eateries like the Village Grill just a few doors away, to have the empty space filled by a locally owned franchise is a welcomed site, especially to West Portal residents, like author Joe Sutton who treasure West Portal as a community. I'm thrilled, that Goat Hill Pizza, a San Francisco original has opened another establishment in my West Portal neighborhood,” said Sutton. “Being a huge pizza lover, I don't have to travel across town anymore to enjoy their fabulous sourdough pizza.” Sutton as author has written more than seven books and his latest, a road novel, called "Highway Sailor", can be purchased at Bookshop West Portal.
"Our West Portal location will be "cafeteria style" with 12 tables for people to order and sit at. No serving staff, that is only for our Potrereo Hill location. "Yet as we get more situated we will introduce specials offered only at West Portal," said Nuestadt. For more information visit the Goat Hill web site.
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