After a neighborhood bartender stopped a group of thieves from robbing the convenience store and burger joint one night, owner Jesse Ganim named a burger after the savior, Nigel. It’s been on Ganim’s Market’s menu ever since.
The bar, which is called Blooms Saloon, and Ganim’s Market managed to stay in Potrero Hill for about half a century (and even longer for Blooms). Things started for Ganim’s in 1974 when Jesse’s father Ahmad Ganim opened the place. It originally opened as a “grocery meat market” also offering burgers and burritos. Although the Ghanim family lived up north near Healdsburg, Ahmad intended to open a store in San Francisco.