Famed House of Prime Rib in SF to reopen this week

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A San Francisco culinary landmark is reopening its doors on Thursday to serve the most famous prime rib in the city, another sign of a slow and cautious return to normalcy.

Joseph Betz is the longtime owner of The House of Prime Rib—which first opened in 1949— and is chomping at the bit to get back to business. He told KCBS Radio that he’s looking forward to a socially distanced reopening, even if it means testing the temperature of customers.

Joseph Betz, owner of House of Prime Rib in San Francisco
Joseph Betz, owner of House of Prime Rib in San Francisco Photo credit Jim Taylor / KCBS Radio

“Because I am a restaurant person, I like to be around people,” he said. “And being at home and doing nothing…it’s torture.”

The restaurant will operate under strict safety guidelines. Before every shift, every employee will also be temperature tested and will cap seating at 25 percent.

Thousands of reservations are already booked.

Exterior of San Francisco's House of Prime Rib
Exterior of San Francisco's House of Prime Rib Photo credit Jim Taylor / KCBS Radio