Tyler Florence’s Downtown San Francisco Restaurant Wayfare Tavern Is Shifting

Celebrity chef Tyler Florence is moving his popular traditional restaurant Wayfare Tavern from its current home at 558 Sacramento Street at the end of the year. A representative for Florence confirmed the move Thursday, writing in a statement that the restaurant “will move to a new, larger property in San Francisco in early 2025.” But it appears the team remains committed to downtown San Francisco's financial district and is considering a nearby location as the restaurant's new home. “We have spent the last few years renovating our new, fantastic space just around the corner,” the statement reads in part. “The current location of Wayfare Tavern will remain open and fully operational until we move.”

Last year, scant details about a new Wayfare Tavern location emerged when the San Francisco Business Times noted that business permits had been filed for a new location at 201 Pine Street. However, it was previously unclear whether the new property was intended for a relocation of the existing restaurant or a second location. In addition to rumors of a Wayfare move, Florence has been busy over the last year, opening two cafes in Union Square and taking over the City Hall building, while also operating his restaurants Miller & Lux in Thrive City and Wayfare Tavern.

The 12,000-square-foot historic building that houses Wayfare Tavern is already listed for lease in 2025 through Maven Properties. Since being rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake, the building has changed hands over the years. During his time under Florence, he and designer Lori Yeomans added elegant touches such as floors made from wood from a tobacco farm in Kentucky, and star designer Ken Fulk took over the top floor bar, Sequoia, in 2017.

In an interview with Eater SF at the opening of Wayfare, Florence was asked what he thought about moving into the space that once housed the famous Rubicon restaurant in San Francisco. “So many great chefs, Traci des Jardins, Elizabeth Falkner and Drew Nieporent, got their start here; and Jeremy Fox met his wife here,” Florence said at the time. “To take that spot, it feels like you had better step up your game.”

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