The 111 Minna Story

On the eve of their twentieth anniversary celebration, Eiming Jung and Michelle Delaney of 111 Minna Gallery joined me to share stories from their long and celebrated history.

Opened when SOMA was a ghost town, before Yerba Buena gardens existed — let alone the coffee shops, thriving startup headquarters, and parklets — Eiming decided he wanted to open an art gallery.

What started as a simple home for art quickly evolved into a bar, a coffee shop, a private venue space, a thriving nightlife hub (with guests like Thievery Corporation and Moby, among others), and soon, a restaurant, all accompanying the venue’s extensive, floor-to-ceiling remodel that just took place this summer.

Minna has also become a veritable community space for San Francisco’s startup scene, hosting #sfbeta for more than six years, along with events for countless companies, including StumbleUpon, SixApart, eBay, and many more. The gallery’s now-central location has played a strong role in creating the vibrant hub around 2nd & Minna street, the neighborhood that many of the city’s best known tech companies call home.

We thank and celebrate 111 Minna and the amazing staff and team who make their magical space possible. Drop by anytime for art, amazing music, delicious coffee, and, of course, the next #sfbeta.

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