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Equator Coffee Plans to Revive the Historic Golden Gate Bridge Café in San Francisco

Equator Coffee Plans to Revive the Historic Golden Gate Bridge Café in San Francisco

July 2 - 2021

Coffee Geography Magazine


The famous Golden Gate Bridge Café, Round House was temporarily closed in early 2020, facing challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic during the lockdown. Equator Coffee takes over the brewing business to open the café in the fall of 2021 to serve visitors for the first time after the long shut down.

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“The Golden Gate Bridge represents who we are as a people and as a country, our community coming together to imagine and construct what was thought to be impossible,” said Equator co-founder Helen Russell. “The Round House Cafe will be a new point of pride for our partners. Locals from across the Bay Area to visitors from across the world will have a chance to savor delicious roasts and flavor profiles in ethically sourced and produced cups of coffee.”

Equator co-founder Helen Russell
Equator co-founder Helen Russell

The partnership between Equator Coffee, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service is not the first as Marin-based Equator opened a retail shop at the Gatehouse at Fort Mason Center in 2017. The coffee company also manages coffee houses at Presidio, the newly designed Warming Hut at Crissy Field and forthcoming branch at Alcatraz Island. 

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“We hope visitors will use this space to meet, learn about the history of the Bay Area’s most iconic landmark, and enjoy their visit to the Bridge with a warming beverage from Equator,” said Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz, spokesperson for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway & Transportation District.

The coffee company is the first in California to become B-Corp certified, a designation that shows the company operations creates positive impact for the company’s workers, community, and environment.

“The Golden Gate Bridge is the span that connects us, and the revitalized Round House is where we’ll meet,” said Chris Lehnertz, President & CEO, of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. “We are delighted to work with Equator Coffees, an organization that reflects our values of putting people and communities first.”

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