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Feb 28, 2011 12:12 PM

Ti Couz Liquor License

Just wondering if anyone knows what happened with Ti Couz' liquor license. They now apparently sell only wine and beer. It seems strange that a busy, well established restaurant would intentionally downgrade.

I'm sure going to miss those wonderful bloody maries!

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  1. Maybe they were losing / not making money on the hard liquor and decided to sell it. Going price is maybe $65K.

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    1. re: Robert Lauriston

      Does the city get that $65K? Or is it like NYC taxi medallions, become a capital item driven by a limit on the number of licenses? The latter would be a shame.

      1. re: Thomas Nash

        That's what a buyer would have to pay the seller. The buyer would also have to pay the state a relatively small fee.

    2. I don't associate crepes with a sure but not a cocktail. I could see for brunch but other then that it's just too casual of a food, imo. I haven't been to Ti Couz in quite a while but I never even knew they served cockails. I just assumed it was beer and wine.

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      1. re: ML8000

        The traditional beverage is cider, which they serve Breton-style in ceramic bowls.

      2. it was sold. ti couz also has downgraded to self-service during lunch hours. i had a very surreal lunch here last week. we ordered our food from the cashier behind the bar, which is now as useless as the section of the restaurant called "ti couz too" that is now relegated only to the odd musical performance and otherwise lies dormant. it's a handsome bar, too...

        so we sat and realized that we had left a placard with our number at the register. retrieving it i also grabbed my own carafe of water and glasses and napkins and silverware, since there appeared to be no staff of any sort to provide any.

        my crepe was just as its always been, and my second choice cider was just fine in its little earthenware bowl.

        when we decided to leave, we went to the register to pay, but there was no one at it or anywhere else behind the naked, empty bar. there was a faucet running a steady stream into one of the sinks which was about to overflow onto the floor. my friend walked behind the bar to turn off the faucet, which finally produced a staff member from somewhere, and we were able to pay and go on our way.

        so i don't know what this means for ti couz. they used to have delicious bloody marys as well as tasty, fresh cocktails such as the ti couz 10. i don't see how the lack of revenue from liquor could bode well for the long term future of the restaurant, whatever the amount of money gained from selling the license. i think its weird that only 1/3rd of the space in the restaurant is being put to any use at all during lunch. is there going to be a ti couz at all in the near future?

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        1. re: augustiner

          Sounds like the kitchen hasn't changed though, which is a good sign. It is one of the rare places in the city that tastes the same as the first time I ate there.

          I always wondered at the continued expansions. It's hard to run a profitable restaurant just in the original space.

          1. re: augustiner

            Thank you for the update! I'm relieved to know they still have the cider "bols"... but yeah, there does seem cause for worry.

              1. re: mattod

                Noooooo! Must go in asap for a mushroom crepe & cider bol!

                1. re: mattod

                  What other places in SF serve crepes in this style? Closest I've had is Creperie St. Germain, but it's not a sit-down restaurant.

                  1. re: Frosty Melon

                    Buckwheat crepes are surprisingly rare. I think Chez Maman has them.

                    Chez Maman
                    1453 18th St, San Francisco, CA 94107

                    1. re: Frosty Melon

                      Sorry, not in San Francisco, but tucked away in a strip mall in San Bruno, Cafe Grillades.


                      They used to have a location in Hayes Valley but that closed a couple of years ago.

                      There's a large menu in addition to the crepes, sandwiches, breakfast dishes, North African style kebabs and cous cous platters. Their dessert crepes are pretty popular too and they have gelato. No alcohol. Full table service, but it's small so it can get pretty crowded at peak times.

                      Cafe Grillades
                      851 Cherry Ave, San Bruno, CA 94066

                2. sorry to be the spank monkey, but I NEVER liked that place, not from day one. </internet crank>

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                  1. re: hill food

                    not even their moitie moitie, half charcuterie, half cheese? that was my favorite thing.... and any crepe with an egg in it (tho i will admit the buckwheat crepes are not my favorite.)

                    1. re: mariacarmen

                      I dunno what set me off, maybe it was gentrification and all the weirdos were moving out. maybe it was friends (who annoyed me on some levels) suddenly 'discovering' the Mission (yeah where have you been all these years?) oh so we're HIP now. piss off, plus I can make a better crepe and the service was crappy and the whole thing felt sad.

                        1. re: mariacarmen

                          HA! still love it, just not the jerks (I can be jerky on my own)

                        2. re: hill food

                          You're right, TC was one of the first "nice" restaurants in that immediate area. Wasn't that fancy and crepes are a modest food. It's flat bread with a filling or topping like a burrito, falafel, pizza...just French. The service was bad and kinda snotty if I recall but no worse than a Chinese restaurant.

                          Oh well, things change. The Italian restaurants are Italian from Italy not Italian American. The Haight wasn't always weird and hippie and the Castro wasn't always gay. And not everything was great. It was pretty good though.

                          1. re: ML8000

                            I've eaten at Ti Couz off and on since it opened, and never experienced bad or snotty service there. Really, it is a shame that more places do not serve buckwheat crepes. What's served at Ti Couz is very like what I've had at creperies in France, and I would love to see more of that here.

                            1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                              I liked TC and went fairly often the first 10 years. It was the only reasonably priced place around there that wasn't a taqueria...or Truly Mediterranean and you could sit down. It is too bad it's going...but things change.

                     wasn't bad all the time but there were times of indifference and as I said, it wasn't any worse then a Chinese restaurant (which I don't find bad). But they're

                              1. re: ML8000

                                don't get me wrong I didn't hate the place and it's always sad to see an entrepreneur go under but they had a good run (what, 18+ years? even if I felt it a bit unjustified). and yes neighborhoods change, it's inevitable, I kind of feel I need to stop moving into ones I think are cool as in a few years the place gets 'discovered' and what attracted me in the first place is gone (does that make me a real estate molester? </creepy analogies>

                                1. re: hill food

                                  You can't out-run it. I moved from SF to Oakland...and it even jumped the bridge. Admittedly it's way thicker on that side.

                    2. Ate there last night & asked the waiter for the scoop. He said they will be told in 2 weeks what is happening, but he guesses they will probably close mid-May.