Fire Guts Joe's Original Restaurant: High Rollers, Crackheads Mourn

Original Joe's Restaurant, a 24/7 Tenderloin institution for 70 years, faces its longest ever shutdown after a fire gutted the place on Friday. That means no more Joe's Special, or his famous chicken cacciatore, for quite a while — at least a few months, according to the Chronicle.

As owner John Duggan says, Original Joe's was one of the rare restaurants in San Francisco where high rollers still rubbed shoulders with the scum of the earth:

“We have everyone from the head politician to the head prostitute in here, and we love them all.”

Pic from Bruce S. on Yelp

— Brian Bernbaum

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