Portugese-Style Cafe Planned for Former Nervous Dog Space



There was sadness in La Lengua when Nervous Dog Coffee closed down last December. But this week, Andrea de Francisco contacted Bernalwood to tell us about the new Portugese-style cafe she’s planning to open inside the former Nervous Dog space on Mission Street just north of Cortland.

The new place will be called Cafe St. Jorge, and her press release brings the deets:

Cafe St. Jorge will open in San Francisco’s Mission district Bernal Heights this summer at 3438 Mission Street. Named after the Açorean Island birthplace of owner Andrea de Francisco’s family, Cafe St. Jorge is a Portuguese-inspired cafe featuring Stumptown Coffee. From 6:30am – 3:30pm, staying open later once they get their beer and wine license, customers can choose from an array of meals, snacks and share portions, alongside fresh juices and smoothies.

Cafe St. Jorge’s Kickstarter campaign is open until June 15th and offers an array of thank you gifts including bottomless mugs, barista classes, monthly baked goods deliveries and use of the spacious cafe for private events.

Truly passionate about food and coffee, de Francisco has worked in the San Francisco food industry for over a decade. The former manager of Lower Haight’s beloved The Grind Cafe, de Francisco also founded and runs her own vegan and gluten-free bakery, Test Kitchen Bakery.

Every dish at Cafe St. Jorge will be made from scratch using only the freshest organic produce, grains, cheeses, herbs and spices. With an array of vegan and gluten-free items available, Cafe St. Jorge will deliver Portuguese fare with a San Francisco sensibility, alongside healthful and delicious California cuisine–all based in tradition and rooted in community.

Cafe St. Jorge’s seasonal menu includes several selections from each of the following categories: breakfast and pastries (orange blossom waffles, shirred duck eggs, grain bowls, toast series), entrée style salads, sandwiches (hot and cold), savory share snacks/petiscos, freshly squeezed juices and smoothies. Portuguese sweet rolls will be baked and served every morning, as well.

Pantry items and packaged Stumptown Coffee will also be for sale. Hard-to-find Portuguese items will also be available for purchase.

The menu is already online, if you want to take peek.

PHOTOS: Cafe St. Jorge nterior build-out photos, courtesy of Andrea de Francisco.

14 thoughts on “Portugese-Style Cafe Planned for Former Nervous Dog Space

  1. cool! I just walked past the old “Restore” on Cortland and they were doing construction. I asked what was going in there and they said a Pizzeria. Anyone know anything about that?

  2. Andrea’s one of the hardest-working and friendliest folks in the coffee-and-yumminess-slanging-business (and a friend of mine, FD). I can’t wait to get my cappuccino on here. Luckily, my pup is neurotic enough to keep the Nervous Dog spirit alive. 🙂

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