This Legacy Southern Food restaurant in Lower Haight is closing after 45 years
Nikki Cooper, second-generation owner and operator of Two Jack’s Nik’s Place, announced on Instagram on July 9 that she had sold the remainder of her lease at the 45-year-old Lower Haight restaurant. July 14 will be the last day of service for the legendary company. She writes that she will be embarking on a new chapter in her career as Program Director for the African American Chamber of Commerce in San Francisco, and that staff at Two Jack’s Nik’s Place will have the opportunity to work at the partner location. at 984 Gilman Avenue, Two Jack’s Seafood. in the Bayview. The news is a blow considering everything Cooper has done with the restaurant since it took over in 2006.
Opened in 1977, Two Jack’s Nik’s Place is known for its decadent Southern cuisine, like snapper burgers, catfish fillets and jambalaya. In 2013, Cooper received a Certificate of Honor from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, in recognition of continuing the family business and bringing live jazz back to the neighborhood. Cooper steered the restaurant to its Legacy Business recognition in August 2016, and in 2017, she brought her garlic bread shrimp po’boys to NBC’s “Today Show.” To complete her victory lap, in 2019 the NAACP named her Entrepreneur of the Year. She also wrote Gratitude covered in chocolate with blessings on top, a children’s book and shot a cooking video with Danny Glover – not much.
Neither Cooper nor any representative of Two Jack’s Nik’s Place could be reached prior to publication. A new restaurateur will enter the space after July 14 and, according to Cooper’s post, “will bring new and vibrant energy to the Lower Haight.”