(KPIX 5) – After more than four decades, three brothers will retire from their popular corner store in San Francisco at the end of October.
The Roxie Food Center has remained a Mission Terrace cornerstone where you could get a sandwich made-to-order and pets get a treat outside. But now, its owners, brothers Peter, Simon, and Tony Tannous are retiring after 45 years in business. “It’s time for us to hang our apron,” said Peter Tannous, the oldest of the three. Peter has multiple sclerosis, and as his brother Tony said, they’re all ready for a break from the long, seven-day work weeks. “It’s time to relax a little bit,” said Tony Tannous.
The three siblings emigrated from Amman, Jordan. In the 1970s, the bought their building at the corner of San Jose and San Juan avenues. “It meant a lot to us. We came to this country, 1973. American dream,” Peter said. They’ve made a living making the best sandwiches they could. “It comes out of the heart,” said Tony.
Retired Ingleside station police captain Joseph McFadden says each of the brothers is best known for his big heart. “Most generous guy I’ve ever met in my life,” McFadden said to Peter outside the store. Peter replied, “It’s our pleasure, always.”
Simon Tannous said when the brothers grew up in Jordan, the neighborhood families were close. “We had this sense of community. We really wanted to bring it here,” he said.
And they have. For more than 30 years, the Tannous brothers have fed hundreds of people at their annual Fourth of July picnic and parade across the street at Balboa Park. The trio has also given away Thanksgiving meals, hosted Easter egg hunts, and donated food for community events. They’ve had a lot of volunteer help, too, the brothers added.
At one point, Peter coached a team to keep loitering kids out of trouble. And Roxie’s walls are filled with photos of various sports teams the siblings have sponsored, from Little League, to Balboa High, to City College. “They all know us by name. It became more of a family,” Simon told KPIX 5.
Friend James Griffin recently saw Simon give away groceries to an unemployed customer who didn’t have enough money to feed his family. “He put it in the bag and said, ‘It’s on us today.’ The guy walked out and said, ‘These guys are special people.’ I said, ‘Absolutely,'” said Griffin.
The Tannous brothers sold their business to their cousins, Mike Zunoona and Mick Shehadeh. Shehadeh says they plan to keep all of the employees, who number about 10, and continue the family legacy. “We’re not going to change anything. Why change a good thing?” said Shehadeh.
And Peter, Simon, and Tony Tannous said they’ll still visit the store now and then. But only when the retirees are not sandwiching their hours between rest, travel, and spending time with their family that totals 10 children and two grandchildren.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2019 4:46PM
When it comes to variety and volume of local restaurants, San Francisco is no slouch. But which neighborhoods are winning the foot traffic war, and which up-and-comers are making the most headway in attracting diners?
Hoodline analyzed data from SafeGraph, a dataset of commercial points of interest and their visitor patterns, to find out which neighborhoods have seen the highest volume and biggest percent change in foot traffic from January to February.
Overall, SoMa continued to lead the pack in terms of attracting visitors to neighborhood eateries, with more than 70,000 visits to food and drink spots recorded in February, according to SafeGraph data. Meanwhile, Mission Terrace and Japantown each saw an upward trend in foot traffic to neighborhood restaurants, with greater than 6% growth in visits from January to February.
Oasis Grill was one of the SoMa's highest-traffic dining spots in February, according to SafeGraph. Located at 200 Fourth St. (at Howard), the Mediterranean restaurant offers a menu of falafel, gyros, salads and shish kebabs, and caters to a strong lunch crowd.
Though not typically considered a top foodie destination, Mission Terrace attracts the most foot traffic from residents of Excelsior and Bayview. Where are hungry visitors heading? According to SafeGraph data, Aloha BBQ and Taqueria Vallarta attracted the most traffic in the neighborhood in February.
Located at 4935 Mission St. (at France Avenue), Aloha BBQ serves casual Hawaiian fare, from Spam musubi to Hawaiian barbecue to Kalua pork and more. Taqueria Vallarta, situated at 4697 Mission St. (at Persia Avenue), offers a classic menu of Mexican dishes, from tacos and burritos to enchiladas and tamales.
Another trending neighborhood, Japantown, attracted 6.1% more restaurant foot traffic in February than in the previous month. One of the most-visited dining spots in the neighborhood was Benihana. Located at 1737 Post St. (at Webster), it's the SF outpost of the crowd-pleasing teppanyaki mega-chain that currently boasts over 80 locations worldwide.
On the Bridge, located inside the Japan Center mall at 1581 Webster St., also saw among the highest visits in the neighborhood. It offers dishes such as katsu curry, Japanese seafood spaghetti, udon noodles and more.
While SoMa is a hotspot for restaurant foot traffic, SoMa residents also loved to eat at North Beach restaurants in February, according to SafeGraph data.
Tenderloin residents tended to visit the downtown/Union Square area to eat in February, and Tenderloin and SoMa coffeeholics visited Civic Center coffee shops the most.
Walking through Mission Terrace during the first couple of weeks in February, you may have noticed pieces of the sidewalk missing, with signs up saying "FRIENDS OF THE URBAN FOREST." (aka "FUF.")
FUF is an amazing San Francisco p501(c)(3) which helps individuals and neighborhood groups plant and care for street trees and sidewalk gardens in San Francisco. This "green infrastructure" improves our city by beautifying neighborhoods, cleaning the air, and reducing polluted stormwater runoff. Since 1981, FUF has brought communities together to plant more than 60,000 trees, totaling almost half of the city's street tree canopy.
On February 9th through the 11th, in partnership with Mission Terrace residents and Friends of the Urban Forest, more than 50 trees were planted in our neighborhood!
Thank you to everyone who participated in this event. Can't wait to see what it'll look like in 10 years! If you are interested in having a tree planted of a sidewalk garden installed in front of your house, reach out to FUF. It's easy and affordable!
On 01/15/2019, Redfin name Mission Terrace in San Francisco, as the 3rd hottest neighborhoods in the US for 2019.
Of course those of us who have been lucky enough to live here, understand that the value of our neighborhood goes far beyond the price of houses here. Between our annual Pasta Dinner in the Alley, our Halloween block parties, Spread Some Love projects, Garden Tours, and all-around neighborliness (the likes of which this writer has not experienced in any other SF neighborhood), it' no wonder that people are starting to realize how great it is to live here!
FROM THE ARTICLE:
Mission Terrace, San Francisco, CAMedian sale price: $1,260,000
Median sale price for metro area: $1,340,000
Average sale-to-list price ratio: 116.5%
Percent of homes that sold above list price: 81.8%
“Mission Terrace is composed of picturesque homes, flat lots and quiet streets. It has plenty of commuter options and it’s close to several big grocery stores,” said Redfin agent Carlos Barrientos. “It’s become more desirable in the last year for a very simple reason: improvements to Balboa Park, an adjacent city park.”
The votes are in and Nextdoor has published their "Neighborhood Favorites" list. (full list here) So without further ado, here are the winners for Mission Terrace.:
10/28/2017 - CORRECTION: Roxie's has been here since 1975 (far longer than the 20 years that was originally stated in this post.
On the corner of San Jose and Santa Ynez, is a corner store and deli best known by locals as "Roxie's." Once you pass through the doors, your typical corner store items (food, beverages, household necessities) are packed in tight. There is minimal room to maneurver through the two aisles, as the place is also packed with people lining up for their popular sandwiches.
If you are in the mood for a large, yummy, and good ol' fashioned sandwich, come on by, and be prepared to wait as there is always a line. But it is worth it. Try the pastrami on dutch crunch, tri-tip, or Meatloaf Mafia. As one Yelper put it "Seriously, these things are effin' huge and a regular could feed two people and a supreme could feed a village and have enough leftovers for your dog. This place is local and legit."
In the neighborhood since 1975, Roxie Food Market has become an institution whose contributions go beyond filling our bellies with tasty food. They also serve a healthy does of generosity by sponsoring local Little League teams, several sports teams at Balboa High School & nearby City College, donating treats for annual celebrations such as the Easter Egg hunt, 4th of July picnic, Thanksgiving dinners, and countless other neighborhood activities.
Some articles about this neighborhood institution:
Sunday, May 7th, 2017 your Mission Terrace neighbors opened their gardens for the first annual Mission Terrace Garden Tour.
We've got a whole lot of green thumbs in our hood; urban homesteads, drought-tolerant landscapes, glass-filled pathways, labyrinths, succulents, and blooms galore. There was something for everyone, and it was a fantastic way to spend a warm day and get to meet more of the neighbors.
Looking forward to next year's tour!
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