After a neighborhood bartender stopped a crew of burglars from robbing his retailer and burger joint one evening, proprietor Jesse Ganim named a burger after the savior—the Nigel. It has been on the menu at Ganim’s Market ever since.
The bar, which is known as Blooms Saloon, and Ganim’s Market have each managed to remain in Potrero Hill for about half a century (and even longer for Blooms). Issues all acquired began for Ganim’s in 1974 when Jesse’s father Ahmad Ganim opened the place. It initially opened as a “grocery retailer slash meat market” additionally serving burgers and burritos. Although the Ganim household lived up north, close to Healdsburg, Ahmad was set on opening a retailer in San Francisco.