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Golden Gate Bakery, SF on vacation - please post when they are back!

  • hhc May 8, 2010 10:44 PM
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We wanted to get some pastries from Golden Gate Bakery on Thurs 5/6/10 evening, but saw the note that they are on vacation. Please post when they are back.

Golden Gate Bakery
1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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  1. They have been on vacation literally every single time I've tried to go (like three separate occasions)! But I guess it's always been around this time of year.

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    1. re: abstractpoet

      I thought they usually go on vacation in mid-summer.

      1. re: Ruth Lafler

        yeah, I thought it was always in August. Pic of vacation sign attached.

        1. re: Ruth Lafler

          Historically they've always taken a four week vacation just before the mooncake crunch for Mid-Autumn Festival, which usually falls in September. ln recent years, however, they been taking several vacations per year. Perhaps they make so much money from the long lines around holidays that they only need to open for the more lucrative periods.

        2. re: abstractpoet

          I hate it when this happens. It always seems to be when I have visitors and they leave for a month at a time. Knowing they are on vacation makes me want an Egg Tart.

        3. Oh lord they have been on vacation 4 out of 5 times I have tried to go there. They would greatly benefit from having a Twitter, but alas.

          1. They are back as of this past weekend....and so is the long line.

            1. They were open yesterday morning and the line was non-existent

              1. One of my friends has been keeping in touch with the restaurant because he knows how much I love their custard tarts. According to him, he chatted with someone who works there. She said the owner/master baker hasn't been coming in because he feels like he's getting old, doesn't want to work so much, and there's no one to take over. So she's just been going in to check on things, etc. My guess is that time the bakery is open will continue to be very erratic.

                Also, the likelihood of them being on Twitter seems nil. My friend got the info he did because he was able to speak Cantonese with the clerk (unlike me).

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                1. re: Nineteen

                  I thought the egg tart master died a couple years back. Is this the person who took over?

                  1. re: abstractpoet

                    The first baker did die and this maybe a replacement. My information was that the old baker was the youngest brother and the new baker maybe either someone not in the family or an older brother.

                  2. re: Nineteen

                    My source told me that GGB is open or not open at times at the discretion of external influences.

                  3. I just walked by GGB during lunch today. They are open and the egg custards are selling like, well, egg custards.

                    1. FWIW Golden Gate Bakery is on "vacation" again. After their usual August vacation they opened to long lines during the runup to the mooncake festival, and are happily (or not) closed once again for an unspecified time.

                      Golden Gate Bakery
                      1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                      1. re: soupçon

                        Someone should teach them or someone close to them with inside info on the business operation schedule on how to tweet and facebook, so they can announce when they might be back or when they are closing. They probably have enough moolah in the bank to retire.

                        1. re: K K

                          I like their old fashion approach to business. They don't expand their store, they don't update their store, they don't use calculator to sum up your purchase (just paper and pencil),...

                          Facebook or tweet is unnecessary for them. It is not like that is the bottleneck of their business revenue, consider there is always a 20+ minutes line in front of the store.

                        2. re: soupçon

                          Have they reopened again? been trying on and off, including yesterday (10/31/10) with no luck. Still on vacation?

                          1. re: christinegallary

                            Strange thing was that I saw somebody in the store about 3 weeks ago, so I thought the re-opening would be coming up.

                            1. re: Chandavkl

                              There frequently are staffers doing busy work inside GG Bakery during their (rumored-to-be enforced) "vacations."

                            2. re: christinegallary

                              Family members get their egg tart quick fix when GG bakery isn't open by way of Garden Bakery on 765 Jackson Street.

                              Garden Bakery
                              765 Jackson St, San Francisco, CA

                          2. All of you guys have to understand. There is no pre-set schedule on when they go on vacation. They know they are so popular that they take vacations whenever they want! Sometimes they even go on vacation for 2-3 months straight!

                            1. Walking toward Golden Gate Bakery from Jackson Street this morning and not seeing a line outside, I was concerned it might not be open. No fear, the shop was open and i was the ONLY customer at 8:45am. This is the first time that's ever happened!

                              With the luxury of time, I did ask what their vacation schedule might be this year. I was told that their regular vacation is a short closure in April, the last two weeks of July and all of August, and a short closure in November. They might take other time off in addition to that.

                              The lady said that I could always call ahead to check if the bakery is open. While they are too busy usually to talk on the phone and they don't take phone orders, she said they do answer the phone and can tell you that they're open.

                              Golden Gate Bakery
                              1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

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                              1. re: Melanie Wong

                                Golden Gate Bakery phone # (415) 781-2627

                                Golden Gate Bakery
                                1029 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

                                1. re: Melanie Wong

                                  I've gone by a couple times in the early morning to find them open without a line. I just assumed that the egg tarts weren't out yet. I guess I should have checked to see!

                                  1. re: Chandavkl

                                    The counter lady told me that there's usually no line early in the morning. The egg tarts were ready to go, as well as most items typically in the case. The savory turnovers (e.g., gai "pie") were just coming out of the oven.

                                2. while we're on the topic of egg tarts, i have to say that i was extremely impressed with the ones i had at Zen Peninsula today...perfectly flaky crust

                                  Zen Peninsula
                                  1180 El Camino Real, Millbrae, CA 94030

                                  1. Walked by Sun 12/11/11 & sign said on vacation.