St. Francis Fountain was born in a pandemic – just not the one you might expect. San Francisco’s oldest ice cream parlor opened its doors during the 1918 influenza outbreak, one of the worst pandemics the world’s ever faced. A public backlash against “mask slackers” was taking place in the city. And a global recession resulted in local businesses shutting down.
Joe’s Ice Cream keeps things cool during the pandemic, all while rebranding and building out its menu. Read the full scoop here. Spoiler alert: This shop serves more than just ice cream!