Erik Anderson’s love for craft beer and his years in the restaurant and bar business have driven him to take risks during the pandemic. He opened his own bar and restaurant, Barley, on Polk Street near the edge of the Tenderloin in early 2021.
He knew the risks of opening during a pandemic, taking out a loan for a small business and putting in money he had carefully saved over the years. But it was worth it. He wanted to create a space where customers could grab a craft beer or choose a charcuterie platter and forget their worries, if only for a moment.