Liz Ashby of Paulie's Pickling in 2017. (Alix Wall)
Liz Ashby of Paulie's Pickling in 2017. (Alix Wall)

Paulie’s Pickling closes up shop

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After 10 years and two menus, Paulie’s Pickling, the Jewish food stall in San Francisco’s Bernal Heights, has closed. Its last day was Dec. 22.

Paulie’s Pickling opened in the Cortland Marketplace in 2009. The space operated as a kind of food-business incubator, with some tenants moving on to other places. Paulie’s stayed for the duration, until the landlord recently decided to close the operation.

The business was owned by a couple who lived nearby, Liz and Paul Ashby, and was primarily a Jewish deli when it opened. Paul did the pickles while holding down a day job in construction, and Liz, who grew up Orthodox in Newton, Massachusetts, did everything else.

In 2017, Liz decided she needed a change and switched things up to offer an Israeli street food menu.

When yet another food tenant moved on, the landlord decided to close Cortland Marketplace, and Ashby was left to re-evaluate the future.

“I decided I’m ready for weekends off, working less than six-plus days a week, and benefits, ya know, crazy stuff like that,” Liz told J. in an email. “My most amazing landlord Debra (Jewish btw) and completely loyal supporters from the neighborhood are the reasons I’ve been fortunate enough to be doing it this long. Alas, I am now 10 years older than I was ten years ago. Funny how that happens. And I’m ready for the next chapter.”

We wish Liz and Paul both well in their future endeavors.

Alix Wall
Alix Wall

Alix Wall is a contributing editor to J. She is also the founder of the Illuminoshi: The Not-So-Secret Society of Bay Area Jewish Food Professionals and is writer/producer of a documentary-in-progress called "The Lonely Child."