Picture of courtyard owners Raphael Chan and Thoi Nguyen

UCSF Bids a Fond Farewell to Courtyard Caffe


After 28 years of serving delicious, quality food to the UCSF community at Parnassus, Courtyard Caffe will be closing its doors.

Fondly referred to as the “Nurseteria,” the popular eatery has fed faculty, staff, students and visitors of UCSF since 1985. It’s also been a treasured place to gather, study and enjoy a break from a busy day on campus.

Courtyard Caffe’s last day of service will be Friday, June 14.  The owners, Raphael Chan and Thoi Nguyen have enjoyed being part of UCSF and are now ready to retire this establishment.

“Do stop by to say goodbye,” said Chan. “We will always treasure our experience at UCSF, particularly your support and friendship. We hope to be leaving behind a legacy of: good people serving good food for a better period of time in the best institution.”

Until the closure, the café will be open from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and offer a limited menu of sandwiches, salads and beverages.

Retail Services is in the process of finding a new food service vendor to operate a café in the School of Nursing. Construction on a new café will commence over the summer, with the goal of opening with a new vendor in the fall of 2013.

“Saying goodbye will be a challenge to all of those who patronize the café as part of their daily routine and for those who are familiar with the staff and owners,” said Jennifer Dowd, Campus Life Services’ retail services manager. “They will be sorely missed.”