Treasure Island was built in 1936-37 for the 1939 Golden Gate International Expo, a fair celebrating the engineering of the Golden Gate Bridge and the Bay Bridge. Technically, it is part of San Francisco, but the only way to get there is via the Bay Bridge or by boat. There are only about 2,000 full-time residents, but on the weekends locals and tourists flock there for the monthly flea market, the numerous wineries, and the gorgeous view of the bridge, the water, and the San Francisco skyline.
It’s also the home of Tammy Powers’ two businesses: Tammy’s Chicken in Waffles, a waffle “cart” in a bright pink shipping container, and A Tran’s Bay Bike Shop, the only place on the island to rent bikes or get yours fixed. Tammy does it all herself though, working around 17 hours a day, 7 days a week, so (for now) you’ll have to wait for one shop to close in order to visit the other.
But how did she overcome so many obstacles to end up where she is today? We stopped by Treasure Island to chat with her and find out. And, yes, to eat a bunch of waffles, which, for the record, are as good as they look and well worth the trip.