SF Small Business Owner Barely Hangs On With Little Help From City Hall
Kinani Ahmed can still hear customers laughing and talking. He can imagine them packing tables inside Sextant Coffee Roasters, his cafe south of the market, and filling the back patio under green umbrellas. He remembers when he employed 15 people to staff a business that often stayed busy 11 hours a day.
It’s all gone now for Ahmed, who founded the Folsom Street cafe in 2014. Now the store and the terrace are empty, the technicians who served him as customers working remotely. Just a small number of people buy a take out mug from the counter.