San Francisco’s Cafe Du Nord has new owners

December 25, 2013 by  

Business partners Kerry LaBelle and Guy Carson have been running San Francisco’s Cafe du Nord for 10 years, but have recently decided it was time for them to step aside and have found a new owner for the business.

According to an article dated December 13, the duo felt it might be time to leave when they began reminiscing about their tenure at the cafe, which is located inside the Swedish American Hall. Now, new restaurants and apartments are going up in the area as Duboce Triangle comes back to life.
When they made the decision to sell the cafe, they did not list it, but approached potential buyers directly, working with people they felt would respect the venue’s history as a place for live music, and continue the tradition.

They found the answer in Dylan MacNiven, who loves live music and cites the continuation of this type of entertainment as his reason for wanting to take over the venue, but says changes in the neighborhood mean the cafe has to change as well. He will be helped by Carson, who plans to offer informal advice as well as promoting occasional concerts.

MacNiven and Carson might consider working with brochure printers to design a pamphlet that outlines the changes—the building was built in 1907 and will be closed for six months for an extensive renovation—as well as reassuring neighborhood residents that the things they love about Cafe du Nord will remain in place.