Specialty’s Café & Bakery Closes After 33 Years

I’ve been going to Specialty’s Café & Bakery for work lunches for over 15 years. So when I learned that the San Francisco Bay Area-based chain would be permanently closing their doors after today, May 19, 2020, I was shocked!

The reason for the closure? The pandemic.

Their website explains that “Current market conditions attributed to COVID-19 and shelter-in-place policies have decimated company revenues.”

Founded in 1987, the company operated over 55 cafes in California, Illinois, and Washington state. Before the pandemic, Specialty’s was popular among busy office workers who wanted a quick, but nutritious lunch, like salads, sandwiches, and soups.

I will miss their Priority Pick-up mobile order system. It was convenient and easy to use.

Most of all, I will miss their Spicy Thai Salad, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Spinach and Cheese croissants, avocado on toasted ciabatta, walnut brownies, and giant fresh-baked cookies.

salads, soups, cookies, baked goods from Specialty’s

my favorites from Specialty’s

Thanks for all the work lunches, Specialty’s! You’ll be missed! 🍪


    1. They sell chocolate chunk cookie mix and I’ve seen it on Amazon. It would be great if they continue to make it so fans like me can make their cookies at home. But probably unlikely since it sounds like they’re completely shutting down. I agree- if they re-open someday, that would be fantastic 👍🏼

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    1. I know that immediately following the shelter-in-place orders, like many restaurants they stayed in business, and prepared and delivered meals to frontline workers. It’s sad how the pandemic is forcing many businesses to close and leaving many people unemployed.

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    1. It’s sad! Although I think Specialty’s has a chance to bounce back and maybe operate as a pick-up only place once people return to work in office buildings. I’m wishful thinking 😀

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