From its early days operating out of a grocery store, to its growth into one of the most popular local chains, Philz Coffee has become synonymous with the Bay Area. Still, it appears not everyone is a fan. Greg Matt, manager of the Philz Coffee truck, called Kevin Klein Live this morning to reveal that the Philz truck is getting bullied out of their regular Financial District location near the corner of Sansome and Pine.
“They have conspired against me,” Matt claimed in reference to an elite members-only club that has gone to extremes in attempt to shut his truck down. Matt believes that the problem stems from Philz overwhelming popularity.
“They were bothered by the people lining up for coffee,” Matt speculated about his brick and mortar neighbor. “Any business that’s successful will have a line on the sidewalk.”
Surprisingly, according to Matt, the club didn’t attempt to work things out in a civil manner. “They really weren’t open to having a dialogue.”
Matt claims that the club has tried to get his permits revoked in a variety of ways, including threatening other local business who may want to give his truck their support.
Host Kevin Klein was much more direct in his assessment of the situation: “You’ve got a rich bully and his rich bully friends trying to take down a Bay Area guy.” Co-host Ally Johnson added that “(this battle) represents what is happening not just at this truck and at this time, but it’s happening all over.”
Matt’s first concern is those whose livelihood could be affected by this situation.