Here are some local links to start off your Thursday:
- Running a restaurant in San Francisco is no easy feat. The popular Cassava Bakery restaurant on Balboa just celebrated their 5 year anniversary. So neighbors and patrons were surprised to see owner Yuka Ioroi launch a GoFundMe campaign to try and raise $50,000 to keep the cafe’s doors open. “Last 6 months or so we’ve been experiencing a slower time and now we are completely strapped for cash and facing the biggest challenge of Cassava’s 5 year time to stay in business.” So far the campaign has raised nearly $8,000. You can donate here; rewards like gift certificates and discounts are being offered.
- After a fire on Monday night, six people and two dogs were displaced from a building at the corner of 5th Avenue and California. The Red Cross and city services have both been notified, according to the SFFD, and will be handling the assistance effort for the victims. [SFist]
- What do you get for the NBA star that has everything? A cool birthday cake, that’s what! Our own Golden State Warriors rely on Richmond District cake guru Alison Okabayashi of Pretty Please Bakeshop on 3rd Avenue to whip up some amazing creations. She’s known as the “cake lady” at Warriors HQ. “These cakes are the result of an elaborate process – many hours of researching, planning, baking, cooling, decorating and sitting in traffic – that makes them impossible for even megastar Stephen Curry to forget.” [Wall Street Journal; subscription required]
- It’s always fun when your local shop is used as the backdrop for a film or music video, right? The charming sisters of King Willow (one ukelele, one guitar) filmed their latest video for “Settled” along the stacks of Green Apple Books on Clement Street (with some unintentional cameos by customers lol). Beware – it’s a bit of an ear worm! 🙂 “Part of me wants to be 40 and settled, part of me wants to be already dead.”
- Looking for good Russian eats in the city? Look no further than our neighborhood. EaterSF has a nice guide for where to find “the best borscht, pelmeni, caviar, blinis, and more”. All but two on the list are in the Richmond District. [EaterSF]