Bandidos Restaurant coming at old Leticia’s

The Century at 2200 Market Street

We broke the news over a month ago that Hi Tops owners, Jesse Woodward and Dana Gleim, would be opening up a new Mexican-style restaurant located nearly right across the street from their popular gay sports bar. They are taking over the old Leticia’s spot in the new build of The Century at 15th and Market and a liquor license permit transfer request reveals its name: Bandidos.

The BAR reported Woodward and Gleim signed a lease with property owner Leticia Luna for the 3000 sqft space that was originally intended for a bank. Due to the 18-month moratorium on financial institutions opening in the Upper Market area, Luna approached the Hi Tops duo, hoping to utilize their business savvy, to instead open a restaurant in the space.

Woodward noted that the new restaurant would, “not be a taqueria” and focus more on service with the eatery hosting 12 outdoor seats, 80 indoors seats, and a bar lounge. The plans is to open for dinner during the week from 4 to 11PM and on weekends for brunch, lunch and dinner from 10AM to 11PM.

We’ll keep you updated with regards to more details and an opening date.

Roy McKenzie

Roy has been a Castro resident since 2010 and is passionate about politics, camping, and food. Follow his babbling on Twitter.

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28 Responses

  1. Lionel says:

    That’s great! When does it open?

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  2. Joe says:

    Congratulations Dana and Jesse!!! They have done a wonderful job at Hi Tops. Where they have great food and drinks in a fun environment. I can’t wait for a real sit down, with a margaretta, Mexican Restaurant in the neighborhood.

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  3. Liv says:

    That’s great news!
    I hear cafe du Nord and Swedish American Ballet are closing for good and ex Home and Shanghai restaurants are still vacant. Anyone knows what’s happening with Safeway recycle center? It’s still open.

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    • Waiyde Palmer says:

      Could you substantiate your info regarding Du Nord and the Swedish American? As far as I’ve been able to learn from the owner that isn’t the case at all as both venues continue to have a thriving business.

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    • sjg says:

      Cafe du Nord isn’t closing. Where did you hear that nonsense. There is a major renovation of the building planned, especially for the vacant cafe space on street level.
      The recycling center is still open because of a lawsuit filed by the recycling center owners

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      • Sanchez Resident says:

        The latest edition of the DTNA newsletter reports “Dylan MacNiven, owner of Woodhouse, and Enrique Landra, an entrepreneur with a real estate
        background” have signed a master lease agreement with the Swedish Society of San Francisco. They will renovate the building with an elevator, new ADA-compliant restrooms, kitchens, and eating and event spaces. They were at the DTNA meeting back in October outlining their vision of the building. Sounds very exciting.

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  4. Peter says:

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  5. Luke says:

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    • Shane says:

      Wow! What crawled up your rear end?

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      • Mitch Mansfield says:

        I kind of like the name Bandidos, mainly because I have a bandito fantasy.

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      • Luke says:

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    • Joe says:

      Luke get used to it if your going stay in the city long. Everything changes. Been here over 35 years, and it’s not the same place I moved to.
      In the mean time, get off your high horse and perhaps get laid.

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    • rblack says:

      If they aren’t opening a taqueria then they aren’t competing with the Mexican food establishments in the area. The only one that I can think of that is sit down/service with a full bar is Chilango.

      You do realize the owners are local and LGBT right? This isn’t some corporation that can drive the others out of business. You do understand how a market based economy works right?

      If they do it right it will thrive, if not it will go out of business.

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  6. Scott says:

    Really un-cool comment. Everyone is complaining about the empty spaces in the neighborhood and wanting more local owned businesses. Here we have a guy who has done a great job with Hi-Tops and is now putting more of his capital in the neighborhood and someone jumps down his throat before the place opens.

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    • Luke says:

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      • Shane says:

        Which Mexican establishments are you referring to? I was at Puerto Alegre just last month and people were still lined up four to six groups waiting for a table.

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    • Joe says:

      well said. Thanks!

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  7. SeanC says:

    I’m excited about this too. A proper margarita, curbside even, sounds nice. Along with more sitdown Mexican fare. A potentially great addition to the block.

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      • michael says:

        San Jalisco is awesome! Are they looking for a new location in the Castro? Ah, nevermind, I have the misfortune of being a prole and you hate me, since I have been working in tech in SF for 20 years. You probably don’t like my TIC either (which was the only way I could own my home and protect myself against inflation that is not exactly new in SF)

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  8. Peter says:

    I think the name is a bit tacky and borderline racist (was “La Cucaracha” taken?) but I also don’t think that *every* Mexican restaurant in the Castro must, in the name of authenticity, lack waiter service or a liquor license.

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  9. SeanC says:

    I think the name is fun. It’s got that ring of the dated shame-based gay bar names you still see in more suburban vaguely hick towns. In a Ramada Inn no less. Ex: “Renegades”, “Desperados” That neon-lit promise of naughty outlaw fun amid the drab monotonous sprawl of a landscape.

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  2. April 5, 2014

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  3. July 14, 2014

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