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Is Sparky’s Diner Closed for Good?

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I got a message today from a fella I know named Rick Hauptman saying that Sparky’s was closed for good. Apparently he’d been leaving the Pilsner Inn last week when someone had told him that Sparky’s had closed. Rick went over to check it out and the manager told him that the diner could no longer afford the $30,000 a month rent they were paying.

I needed to find out for myself so both Alex and I went down there at different times, he at 3pm and myself at 5pm. Both of us found it closed. There’s no sign up that says “Closed Forever” or anything, but the typical closed sign for business sign is certainly on display.


I popped into the jewelry store next-door and asked the lady if she knew anything. Her response was that it was probably closed down for health code violations…again. According to her it’s happened a few times before.

Does this mean the end of late night platters of fried stuff while you ogle the other drunk weirdos and freaks? I mean the food at Sparky’s was never exactly great, but the last thing we need is fewer all night places. This city is getting sleepy and boring enough as it is.

Do you have any more info? Please let me know and I’ll update this post.


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  1. DatBus
    February 16, 2016 at 12:34 am

    I was wondering what happened to Sparky’s, there’s no sign in the window or any news articles about it that I could find. Dam these greedy landlords. There aren’t that many late-night spots in SF as it is.

  2. Alena
    February 16, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    $30k/month is kind of an astounding number. I had to read the figure a few times to make sure that that was right.

  3. Annie Krist
    February 17, 2016 at 3:38 am

    Although sad (yeah, why doesn’t EsEf have a more lively night life including late night eats? I mean they even manage to have some pretty good late night restaurants in cities like Detroit…yes, Detroit and San Francisco’s offerings are now one (Little Orphan Andy’s? Something is really wrong here!). However, Sparky’s had definitely lost it’s spark ages ago. I mean I don’t think the fryer grease had been changed since 1997 and I swear that person in the last booth in the back was mummified. I think I even caught Ebola just walking past the place about a year ago. So very, very sad. The fabric that has made San Francisco such an amazing place to be is slowly being rent and torn asunder…when, oh when will this insanity stop? Hey, maybe they can open a pizza place or taqueria in the space (she said facetiously). Please wake up San Francisco or there may be nothing of value and joie de vivre left.

    • Annie Krist
      February 17, 2016 at 4:00 am

      Oh yeah, I forgot Mel’s.

  4. Tiger Lee
    February 17, 2016 at 7:37 am

    Not health code related. Health dept went on record saying they had nothing on file.

  5. Jim
    February 17, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    “This city is getting sleepy and boring enough as it is.”

    Getting? maybe things were different 10 years ago before I got here, but I’ve always found this an early bird city.

  6. ricksf1
    March 25, 2017 at 8:10 pm

    A year later and still nothing in the old Sparky’s location. If I see anything I will post it here.

    Rick Hauptman