about Viking


The Viking was founded in 1964 by Violet Powers. She wanted to incorporate her name with the ethnicity of the neighborhood, which, at the time, was primarily Scandinavian. The “Vi” in Viking was for Violet - no kidding!

The original location was 2223 Market Street, which later became the “2223” restaurant, now currently “Jakes”. In 1970, the Viking moved to it’s present location at 380 Sanchez. At that time, Violet sold the business to Robbie in 1980 and then Robbie sold the Viking to Jane Lloyd in 2000.

The Viking is the longest, continually gay-owned business in the Castro.

Violet Powers