Ike Shehadeh has pretty much always made sandwiches.
In this podcast, the founder of Ike's Love and Sandwiches takes us back to 1968, when his dad arrived in San Francisco from Saudi Arabia. A decade or so later, his dad met his mom, and Ike, the first of a few kids for the couple, was born.
He describes what it was like to grow up going to various schools in The City, especially the parts involving playing sports. He enjoyed baseball and soccer, but to learn to take hits in football, Ike started martial arts classes in The Sunset.
We end this podcast with Ike explaining the unique living situation he had in college at UC Davis, and how that would later play a significant role in his business.
Check back Wednesday for Part 2, when Ike will share the story of his decision to open a little sandwich spot on 16th Street.
We recorded this podcast at Ike's Love and Sandwiches in the Tenderloin in November 2020.
Photography by Michelle Kilfeather