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Local Links: Counterfeit $100 bills, MLP meeting, Dahlias, E-waste & more

Here’s hoping it’s not a Manic Monday for you today. But in case it is, here are some local links to distract you…

  • In case you missed the above, fun video on SFAppeal last week, it showcases some acrobats making the most of the Cliff House environs. And no need for copycat videos please, we trust you could do it too. ;) UPDATE: Looks like the videographer removed it for some reason, so we posted another one of his Cliff House videos for you.
  • It’s all about the Benjamins… We got an email from Rodney, the proprietor at the Purple Skunk Skate Shop (6037 Geary) this weekend. He told us some teenage boys came in on Friday and tried to purchase goods with counterfeit $100 bills. The shop, unsuspecting, accepted the first bill, but then got suspicious when a second teen showed up soon after, also trying to pay with a $100 bill. Rodney tried to stall the second suspect but they fled before police could arrive.
  • Stop and smell the flowers… Every Saturday through May (except May 25), the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will be leading wildflower walks along the Lands End trail. The hikes meet up at noon in the Merrie Way parking lot near the Lands End Lookout visitor center.
  • Tia Margarita on Clement at 19th Avenue turns 50 this year. The same family has owned the restaurant since its opening and serves up good food and what we hear is a great Margarita. They’re hosting an anniversary party this Saturday (sorry, it’s sold out), but if you’re stopping by, be sure to congratulate them on hitting this huge milestone. Muy, muy bien!
  • Want to know the latest on the projects at Mountain Lake Park? A new restroom is being built, the lake is being cleaned out, and park groups are working to get a new playground built. This Thursday night, April 11 at 6:30pm, there is a community informational meeting at St. John’s Church (4620 California Street near 8th Avenue). Stop by to get the latest info and find out how you can help.
  • A new sign has popped up on the 500 block of 48th Avenue between Geary and Anza. “The Black Dog” sign hangs from a second floor balcony. We’re not sure if it’s a Bed & Breakfast, a pet-related business, or just someone’s decorative flag. If you know anything, leave a comment to let us know. Thank to reader Gabriel for the tip. UPDATE: It’s just decorative; a motif from Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Mark your calendars for healthy kids… The YMCA will be hosting their annual Healthy Kids Day event on Saturday, April 27th from 11am until 2pm at Argonne Playground (18th Avenue near Geary). Enjoy games, healthy treats, performances, arts & crafts, and much more. For more information, contact Jasmine Punzalan at jpunzalan@ymcasf.org.
  • Got some e-waste to dispose of? Stop by George Washington High School this Saturday, April 20 between 10am and 3pm. The Lacrosse team is taking e-waste drop-offs to raise funds for their program. Enter on 30th Avenue near Geary. For more information, email Larry Yee at yeel@sfusd.edu.
  • “Dahlias, darling, dahlias!” This Saturday is the Dahlia Society of California’s Annual Sale at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park. Stop by between 9:30am and 12noon to shop for over 300 varieties of dahlias, tubers and plants. Their tip: come early for the best selection.
  • Is there a budding DJ within you? Or living in your home? Then you might want to check out the free DJ workshop at the Richmond District branch library (351 9th Avenue) on Tuesday, April 23 at 4pm, presented by the Urban Music Program. Over the last fifteen years, UMP has worked with hundreds of youth and adults to further their knowledge of writing, recording, DJ’ing and producing.
11:37 am | Posted under Business, Events, Food, Golden Gate Park, Green, Kids | 8 comments

Local links: de Young dirty laundry, Sir Paul in GGP?, hats, Beard honors & more

Photo by stefanie.johnstone

Happy Thursday – here are some local links to get you to the weekend finish line!

  • Nothing like having a national newspaper air your very local museum’s dirty laundry… The New York Times’ Turmoil at Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco article about the Fine Arts Museums (the de Young and Legion of Honor) details the low staff morale (including firings), the lack of Director since John Buchanan passed away, and the very mixed reviews of Board President Diane “Dede” Wilsey. Some think has held too much influence over the institution, while others think she is responsible for bringing it back to life. The Chronicle caught up with their own article this morning about the pending appointment of a new Director, rumored to be Colin Bailey, the deputy director and chief curator of the Frick Collection in New York. There should be an announcement next week.
  • Paul’s Hat Works took NPR on a tour and shared some secrets with them in a piece called The Making of a Hat. The owners also did some spring cleaning recently and now have for sale dozens of vintage hat boxes for between $5 and $60.
  • Congratulations to Pastry Chef Melissa Chou of Aziza. She was nominated for a James Beard Foundation Award – “the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America” – which will be given out at a ceremony at Lincoln Center in New York on May 6.
  • Here’s your local history for the week… The SFPL Archives published Part 2 of their profile on Adolph Sutro, this time looking at some letters, architectural drawings and great old photographs of Sutro’s land holdings throughout the city. CurbedSF had a story earlier this month on a man who lived in a cottage on the cliffs of Lands End. His name was Charles Harris and he operated the waiting room and concession stand at the train stop near Sutro Baths. “The Harris’ moved to Lands End after the 1906 Earthquake and Fire destroyed their home downtown, and built up a little cottage around the framework of their cable car home.”
  • Local artist Jay Mercado, known for his donut paintings, will be hosting a show of his pillow sketches at his studio at 10th and California Street this Saturday.
  • Could Sir Paul McCartney be the headliner for the Outside Lands Music Festival this summer in Golden Gate Park? Last.fm is listing him as such but there’s been no confirmation from the show promoters. Something tells me nearby neighbors would much rather hear strains of Paul singing “Hey Jude” than the musings of Metallica…
11:19 am | Posted under Art, Food, History, Museums | Comments Off

De Place closes after only three weeks; cites hiring woes as the reason

Photo by @trichris

There was a lively discussion a few weeks ago about the new Asian restaurant at 21st and Geary called, simply, De Place.

The former Video Cafe was completely renovated and modernized by the new owners, resulting in a large space with tv screens, fountains, ample seating and a giant crawfish statue that greeted diners at the door.

But De Place was very short lived. Blog reader Catherine tweeted us the photo of the sign up on the door of De Place, explaining why they are now closed.

“In our three weeks of business, the hiring environment has proven to be a major challenge and it hasn’t improve [sic] and we are not able to enlist the staffs than can assist us with our operation,” the sign reads.

De Place was run by the owners of Chinatown’s City View Restaurant on Commercial Alley near Kearny Street, known for its dim sum.

Did you get a chance to dine there? Leave a comment to let us know.

Sarah B.

Photo by @ghost_wolves

10:04 am | Posted under Business, Food | 95 comments

Restaurant closings: Be My Guest Thai Bistro, Jersey’s Sandwiches

Change is in the air again among the restaurants in the Richmond District. We got word this week that two places will be closing down, but will be taken over by new eateries.

Be My Guest Thai Bistro on the corner of Clement and 11th Avenue is currently closed. A sign on the door mentions that Shabu Cafe will be coming soon. Shabu seems to be the new black in the neighborhood. Another new shabu place is slated to open on the corner of 5th and Clement soon.

Jersey’s Sandwiches, purveyor of East Coast style sandwiches, will also be closing down after two years. We’ve been a big fan of their sandwiches and the couple, Erick and Shannon, that run it (they’re leaving SF). So if you want one last Hot Pastrami, Turkey Club or Cheesesteak in your belly, stop by Jersey’s before March 24.

Erick had this to say about Jersey’s moment in Richmond District history:

We’ve truly enjoyed our time in the Inner Richmond, it is a great neighborhood with great people and community feel. After 2 years in business, we’ve accomplished what we set out to when we opened in March 2011. The Inner Richmond people and community have been great to us and we’ve built some lasting relationships. Not only did many seem to enjoy and appreciate the food we produce, but generally wish us well as people. We know that you will give the same sort of welcome to the new tenants.

Rumor has it that a Mexican eatery will be taking over Jersey’s space at 200 6th Avenue. If we get more details, we’ll let you know.

Thanks to readers Kiralaura, Shannon and Pete for the tips.

Sarah B.

10:07 am | Posted under Business, Food | 4 comments

Brian Boitano, former Olympian and Food Network host, dines at Chapeau!

Many remember Brian Boitano for his gold medal win in figure skating at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. But his later in life career has revolved around his other passion – food.

He’s been the host of “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” on the Food Network since 2009. In each episode, Boitano hosts get-togethers at his San Francisco home.

On Monday night, he tweeted some photos of his dinner at Chapeau! on Clement Street. We’re not sure if he ate there on Monday or was just getting around to sharing pics from a recent meal there.

His photos highlighted the restaurant’s Prince Edward Island mussels and Veggie Napoleon dishes, as well as their Blood and Sand cocktail. Boitano shared the pics via forkly.com, where he gave “Loved it!” ratings to the Veggie Napoleon and cocktail, and a “Liked it” to the mussels.

We also asked Brian via Twitter about his experience at Chapeau, to which he replied:

So there you have it – two loves, a like, and a good gushing for Chapeau! from Brian Boitano. :)

Thanks to reader Janna for the tip.

Sarah B.

11:48 am | Posted under Food | 2 comments

Local links: Birthdays for Balboa & Lou’s, beach yoga, Sutro history & more

A payroll receipt to Mr. Williams for his tightrope performances at the Baths in April 1896. Courtesy of the Adolph Sutro Collection

Happy Friday to everyone! Hope you’re out enjoying this beautiful day. Here are some local links to take you into the weekend:

  • The Balboa Theater turns 87 years old this weekend and they’re celebrating with a bash on Sunday that includes a screening of the 1924 silent fantasy “Peter Pan”. It will be accompanied by an original score by pianist Frederick Hodges and preceded by a series of short subject films. Oh and there’s a live vaudeville show too! Showings at 4pm and 7pm, tickets are $10.
  • Another business Birthday: Popular Lou’s Cafe on Geary is turning 3 on March 19th and they’re celebrating with 4 weeks of featured sandwiches at a discount, including the LLB Special (3 meats and 2 cheeses), and the Ami-Cado (take the ‘ami in pastrami and add it to the ‘cado in avocado). The discounts are through the Gopago mobile app though when we downloaded it, we couldn’t find anything. But perhaps it will become available on Mar 19?
  • Yoga’s up, dude! Purusha Yoga Studio is offering a “yoga for surfers” class on Ocean Beach every Tuesday at 3:15pm (free or give a donation at the class). No surfing experience required – just bring water, a towel, and “your positive energy”. Meet near the Judah Street entrance at Ocean Beach.
  • The 6th Floor Archive at the SF Public Library has posted part 1 of a series on Adolph Sutro, who you could easily call the godfather of the Richmond District. Check it out to learn more about the man behind Sutro Baths, Sutro Heights Park – even his receipts and records are interesting!

    Speaking of Adolph Sutro, watch this week’s History Minute below from the Western Neighborhoods Project, providing some insight on the tunnels you can see near the ruins of Sutro Baths.

  • Cassava Bakery’s Japanese breakfast got mention as a good way to shake up your brunch routine. “For $10, you’ll get an array of plates: an “onsen tamago” poached egg cooked sous vide; simmered black soy beans; cucumber wakame salad; top-of-the-line koshihikari rice; a housemade natto with Meyer lemon and jalapeño kosho; and dashi miso soup.”
  • The de Young Museum has a new photo exhibition on Iraq entitled “Eye Level in Iraq”, which 7×7 describes the collection of photographs documenting the US-led invasion of Iraq and its aftermath, as “one of the most compelling exhibitions the De Young Museum’s young photography department has shown.”

10:52 am | Posted under Art, Business, Food, History | 2 comments

Local links: GGP history, new sushi spot, BRT resignation, bank robbery & more

  • The Western Neighborhoods Project produced a fun history minute on the Prayerbook Cross that lives in Golden Gate Park. Some of you might not even know about it… Check out the video above.
  • Daigo Sushi opened recently on Clement near 25th Avenue. We think they’re one of the few to offer delivery in the neighborhood (and online ordering). Owner Jesse tells the blog, “We are a sushi only restaurant, however, we do things really deep and are trying to bring up more and more special fish to our neighbors. There is a lot of home made stuff in our restaurant.” Stop in to say “Moshi Moshi” when you get a chance.
  • Fed up with bureaucracy much? Kieran Farr is. He resigned from the Geary BRT Citizens Advisory Committee in January, telling members “what this seems like is we’re having developers re-do the same product five different times without ever launching it to the public, and that’s really concerning.” You can read more about his frustrations in a blog post explaining his departure. “What I’ve seen in the past 6 years has been a severe disappointment during which I have lost trust in America’s regulatory framework to enact effective transit improvements.”
  • Don’t be alarmed when some trees start disappearing from Golden Gate Park at the end of this month. It’s part of a Rec & Park initiative to target hazardous trees. They’ll remove 155 trees altogether, with plans to plant more. Factoid: Golden Gate Park has an estimated 25,000 trees in it.
  • Another bank robbery took place in the neighborhood on Friday, February 8 on Geary near 16th Avenue. Around 9:49am, a man between 30 and 40 years old, walked into the bank and demanded money from a teller, police said. The suspect fled in a white van that was last seen heading north on 17th Avenue. No weapon was seen during the robbery and no one was injured. Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message. [SFAppeal]
  • Those who don’t pay their taxes… Remember the restaurant owner at Fune Ya (6th & Clement) who was hiding receipts under his floorboards in shoeboxes marked “seasoned octopus”? He was convicted last March of filing false tax returns, and was finally sentenced to two years and nine months in federal prison and ordered to pay $459,000 in back taxes. Those 26 “boxes of octopus” amounted to $1.85 million in sales that Chen had not reported to the IRS.
5:12 am | Posted under Crime, Food, Golden Gate Park, History | 6 comments

Food news: Heartbaker coming to Clement; Chapeau! to expand its space

The old Chapeau! space at 1408 Clement has been empty for a few years now, but it looks like that is about to change. A new eatery called Heartbaker will be opening its first retail space sometime in March.

Heartbaker is headed up by pastry chef Sybil Johnson, who has stints at high-end San Francisco restaurants like Aqua, the Fairmont Hotel and Kokkari on her resume.

According to the menu section of their website, we can likely expect breakfast treats, cupcakes, cakes, pastries and even tarts to be on the menu. Sounds delicious! Heartbaker will also continue their wholesale business.

In other food news, the popular Chapeau! restaurant at 126 Clement is doing so well that they’ll be expanding into the additional space next door. They just got the city’s approval to do so and are targeting October to debut their additional space.

Thanks to reader Phil for the tips!

Sarah B.

5:15 am | Posted under Business, Food | 8 comments