'Original Joe's' reopens in North Beach

January 26, 2012 2:58:52 PM PST
A San Francisco food landmark is back and open for business.

"Original Joe's" re-opened in North Beach Thursday. It is at the former site of "Joe DiMaggio's" and before that, "Fior d'Italia." The original "Original Joe's" burned down five years ago at its Taylor Street location where it had stood since 1937.

"This is a real San Francisco neighborhood. And, the neighborhood and the outpouring has been incredible. We feel so supported and lucky to be here," co-owner Elena Duggan said.

"We are Italian. My father's Irish though, it's a mean combination," she added laughingly when asked if her family was Italian.

Mayor Ed Lee was on hand to cut the ribbon and proclaimed Thursday as "Original Joe's Day." The restaurant is best known for the "Joe's Special," a combination of hamburger, steak and eggs.

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