If you walk past the tchotchke shops on Fisherman’s Wharf, past the string of crab stands permanently closed by the pandemic, past the whirs and clangs of the antique penny arcade machines of the Musée Mécanique and the restored World War II-era submarine USS Pampanito docked on Pier 45—what you’ll see is a whole lot of nothing.

In May 2020, a massive inferno burned down a warehouse that stood at the edge of the pier, destroying millions of dollars worth of fishing equipment.

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