Little Baobab owner to open new SF Mission restaurant


A new restaurant and entertainment venue is set to replace the recently closed Lupulandia Brewery in San Francisco‘s Mission District. Marco Senghor, the former owner of iconic nightclub Bissap Baobab and current owner of nearby restaurant Little Baobab, is opening a new spot called Big Baobab at 2243 Mission St., according to What Now San Francisco.

Lupulandia Brewery closed recently after three years in the Mission due to the economic challenges of the pandemic. 

“I was initially hoping that it might be temporary … but December just killed us,” co-owner Anthony LaVia told SFGATE in April. “At that point, we looked through our bills and bank account and, by the end of January, we realized this isn’t going to work.”

San Francisco’s list of registered businesses confirms a new business called Big Baobab registering at the Mission Street address on May 23 this year. SFGATE could not reach Senghor for comment by time of publication.

While Big Baobab shares the same owner as its predecessor, don’t expect a complete Bissap Baobab revival.

“Big Baobab will offer something different, unlike anything in the past,” Senghor told What Now San Francisco. 

Bissap Baobab, known for its Senegalese food and for hosting one of San Francisco’s liveliest dance parties, closed in 2019 after 20 years in business. Owner Senghor decided to close the club and keep its smaller sibling Little Baobab open as a means to cover his legal bills in an immigration lawsuit.

The upcoming new restaurant, Big Baobab, will still feature Senegalese food, but Senghor told What Now San Francisco he also plans to expand the menu to “the Ivory Coast to Cameroon and Nigeria.” It is expected to open in August. 


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