Someone may be shelling out a lot of dough to buy the Lucca Ravioli building on the Valencia Street corridor, and the deli, pasta, and cheese shop established in 1925 will only be around for a few more months.
SocketSite reported Tuesday morning that Lucca is “now slated to close effective Easter 2019.” SF Weekly has confirmed that the news is true, though an employee told us over the phone that the shop would remain open “after Easter” and “through April.”
The loss is particularly sad because Lucca Ravioli isn’t just a deli, it’s a unionized workplace. The United Food and Commercial Workers Union Local 648 lists Lucca Ravioli as a union store, we’ve reached out to their representative and will update this post with any comment.
This is all really a story of three different parcels, and what may be a radical remaking of the Valencia and 22nd Street corner that is home to Boogaloo’s and the City College of San Francisco – Mission Center. The parking lot two doors down at 1120 Valencia St. was sold in October, and Mission Local recently reported that the new owner has submitted plans to build “a five-story, 18-unit building” that would be the tallest on the block.
The future is less clear for the Lucca Ravioli building and its adjacent three-story apartment complex. SocketSite says that both parcels are “are about to hit the market.” The Feno family who own Lucca Ravioli own both buildings as well, and it was they who sold the adjacent parking lot.
It’s too early to speculate on whether all three parcels could eventually be combined into a massive housing complex. In all likelihood, it will simply become another bland building, similar to the fate of the old Sugoi Sushi/Spork/KFC building one block north at 1058 Valencia. Two of the properties are not even technically for sale yet, while the parking lot parcel faces plenty of City Hall red tape before any five-story apartment dreams can come true.
But it’s a pretty fair bet that housing will be developed at these properties once all the deeds are done changing hands. After all, that pasta shop is sitting square on a primo real-estate corridor.
Note: This post has been updated to reflect Lucca Ravioli’s affiliation with UFCW 648.