Owner of Manhattan's Chelsea Market Acquires Ghirardelli Square Retail
He said the property "offers a opportunity to create a touch point for a modern food culture that was largely created in San Francisco.”
Chelsea Market is probably most akin to Ferry Building in S.F. food terms. Don't see Ghirardelli ever being that sort of foodie destination. Chelsea market is centered in upscale, sophisticated business and residential demographics with the "tourist" element drawn by the High Line also in that mold. Ghirardelli is more in the Times Square mass market tourism mold, and too profitable to change much I'm guessing.
re: Lisa S.
As RL pointed out, Ghirardelli Square is under-utilized and hardly profitable. I think Ghirardelli has potential as a destination for locals. The center of gravity for Fisherman's Wharf tourism is well over toward Pier 39, and Ghirardelli is almost off the edge of the Fisherman's Wharf earth, touristically speaking. Remember, Cecilia Chang's Mandarin was there, as well as Ana Mandara, and Gary Danko was developing a second restaurant there when the economy tanked.