Ali Azad is bullish on Bayview, so much so that he is opening his ninth resturant here in a couple of weeks.
That's good news for Bayview-lovers given how well Ali understands business. He's been in the restaurant industry for 24 years, and owns Max's Opera Cafe, a fixture of the Civic Center food scene.
The Corner Cafe, his newest undertaking, is set to open at 5800 Third Street in San Francisco's Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood on or about November 1st. It joins Fresh and Easy Market and Limon Pattiserie at that address.
Pausing during the rush of pre-opening construction and deliveries, Ali told Footprints that "timing the opening of this kind of business is never certain. We'll be doing a big event at some point, but want to have a soft opening very soon."
Ali's optimism about the neighborhood's future seems genuine, but his focus is clearly on the people who live here.
"The people in Bayview are very nice," he said. "They deserve affordable and healthy food like we will be serving."
The Corner Cafe's menu will include pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads, all at affordable price points (about $8 to $9 a meal). Coffee and tea lovers will find the full range of options. Breakfast will be served on Saturdays and Sundays.
"Once we get going, we want to serve breakfast on weekdays too," Ali said. "We also plan to open an outdoor seating area."
Weekday hours will begin at 11am to 9pm. Indoor seating will accommodate up to 144 patrons, and future outdoor seating will serve 35 more. Bring your digital gizmos, and piggyback on the cafe's free WiFi.
Note: The Bayview Merchants Association's monthly members meeting is next Tuesday the 23rd at 6pm at La Laguna Taqueria (3rd and Fairfax).