Posted by on September 22, 2017
Categories: Bay Area

( – Konstantinos “Gus” Vardakastanis, 56, a popular San Francisco grocer, was the victim of a fatal hit-and-run crash early this morning in San Francisco, the coroner’s office said.

The collision was first reported at 2:17 a.m. at the intersection of Jerrold Avenue and Toland Street, according to the San Francisco Police Department. Vardakastanis was struck when crossing the road and died at the
scene, police said.

“I am truly saddened by the death of Gus Vardakastanis, a beloved member of the Haight-Ashbury community and owner of the Haight Street Market,” said London Breed, president of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the employees of the markets he owned throughout the city. He kept his prices affordable and was very committed to hiring locally, including those who needed a second
chance. Gus was loved and he will be truly missed,” Breed said.

“We’re all in mourning,” said Michael Janis, an employee at San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market.

“He was a very important part of the fabric of the market and of the whole food community in San Francisco,” Janis said.

Vardakastanis and his family owned three stores, the Haight Street Market, Noriega Produce and Gus’s Community Market, all in San Francisco, Janis confirmed.

The San Francisco Police Department’s Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating the collision. They’re looking for a silver sedan with damage to the front end and windshield, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the police department’s tip line at (415) 575-4444.