Vesuvio's Cafe

255 Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA

Bar/Restaurant housed in Italian Renaissance Revival building built 1916


Vesuvio's Cafe

Photo taken by Richard Doody in July 2010



Vesuvio Café was established in 1948 by an art-lover named Henri Lenoir. The building, a 2 story Italian Renaissance Revival building designed by Italian architect Italo Zanolini and finished in 1916.

Vesuvio's soon became a popular gathering spot for Bohemian artists and writers of the Beat Generation. Today Jack Kerouac Alley separates it from the neighboring City Lights Bookstore.

Update Log 

  • April 22, 2019: New photos from Richard Doody
  • May 1, 2018: Added by Richard Doody


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