So very sad - a unique and wonderful restaurant.
41-year-old North Beach cafe at risk of shutting down
By Madeline Wells, SFGATE, May 13, 2020
Since 1979, chef-owner Jacqueline Margulis has served up soufflés to adoring customers at Cafe Jacqueline in San Francisco’s North Beach neighborhood. But mid-March, right around the time the Bay Area began sheltering in place, Margulis fell ill with an infection (not related to coronavirus) that put her on life support for three weeks, according to ABC7.
While in the hospital, Cafe Jacqueline fell behind on applying for small-business loans and federal help. Fortunately, Margulis is now at home recovering, but as other restaurants in San Francisco start to re-open for takeout only, her cafe’s doors remain shut, with no way to cover staff and business expenses.
While the restaurant waits for Jacqueline to get back on her feet, Ariel has organized a GoFundMe — which has already raised nearly $55,000 of its $60,000 goal — to keep the business alive.
“Our goal is to give my mother enough time to fully recover and get back behind her bowl of eggs and continue doing what she loves the most in this world, running her small restaurant and whipping up soufflés,” reads a note from Ariel on the GoFundMe. “We are crossing our fingers that she will be able to return to her restaurant soon, but this can only happen if she is able to keep her establishment afloat without actually generating income.”