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Pay Your Respects to Casa Sànchez This Week

Updated: Aug 06, 2011 11:09
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San Francisco has been the birthplace of many an iconic brand over the years, from Levi’s to Rice-a-Roni to the It’s-It. Among this pantheon of venerable marketing greats you will surely find a smiling lad astride an aerodynamic elote that goes by the name of Jimmy the Cornman. For some of you out there, you have no further to look than your own hide, having inked-in his image permanently in your insatiable desire to have free burritos for the rest of your life. Tubbies.

Jimmy’s may have long been the face of Mission tortilla chip and guacamole empire, Casa Sànchez, but it was his mama, Martha, that ran the burrito palace with her late husband, Robert, and who the city also lost this past Wednesday. She was one of the grand matriarchs of 24th Street and surrogate abuelita to the many who she fed thousands of burritos, tacos and gallons of salsas over the years.

Services are being held this week at Saint Peter’s Catholic Church around the corner from the restaurant- Rosary: Tuesday, July 12, 7pm (tonight); Funeral: Wednesday, 10am. The Lower 24th Street Merchant and Neighbours Association is also asking if you’d like to show respect and gratitude for many a full belly, that you can leave flowers in front of the restaurant as well. While you’re there, buy some chips.

Gracias Doña Sànchez.

Casa Sànchez 2778 24th Street (@ York) [Mission] SF 415.282.2400 a

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Stephen Torres - Threadbare-Fact Finder (Editor, San Francisco)

Stephen's early years were spent in a boxcar overlooking downtown Los Angeles. From there he moved around the state with his family before settling under the warm blanket of smog that covers suburban Southern California. Moving around led to his inability to stay in one place for very long, but San Francisco has been reeling him back in with its siren song since 1999.
By trade he pours booze, but likes to think he can write and does so occasionally for the SF Bay Guardian, Bold Italic and 7x7. He also likes to enjoy time spent in old eateries, bars and businesses that, by most standards, would have been condemned a long time ago.