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Feb-25-2010

Underground MUNI…in the Richmond?

Travel back in time to 1967 when plans were in the works for an extensive underground subway that would connect the Richmond with the new BART system once it opened. The image below is a concept showing it running underneath Park Presidio Boulevard at Geary.

Thanks to Eric Fisher for sharing this on his Flickr account and providing this information about the image:

The maps and pictures here are from a report on Coordinated Transit for the San Francisco Bay Area that was concerned with proposing changes to various transit systems to make connections with BART once it opened. Although the full report wasn’t published until 1967, an earlier draft of the plan was the subject of Proposition B of November 8, 1966 which was voted down. The core of the plan seems to have survived at least into the 1972 Rapid Transit Plan (map).

Reminds me of something I would see at Future World at Epcot Center. :)

Sarah B.

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 6:03 am | Posted under History, Muni | 6 comments
Feb-24-2010

Chinese New Year celebration at Supervisor Mar’s office this Friday

Supervisor Eric Mar is hosting a public reception at his office this Friday night in celebration of the Year of the Tiger. Stop by for light refreshments and to meet and talk with your local representative.

The reception will run from 5:30-7:30pm in his office at City Hall, room 284.

Sarah B.

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 11:10 am | Posted under Eric Mar, Events | Comments Off
Feb-24-2010

Food news

Some culinary tidbits to share with you all…

Hot dogs for everyone! SFGate’s City Insider reports that plans are being finalized for new cart vendors to find a home in Golden Gate Park by this summer. Look for Blue Bottle Coffee and Annie’s Hot Dogs to pop up behind the bandshell. Let’s Be Frank will operate in front of the Conservatory of Flowers and Annie’s Hot Dogs will set up shop at Spreckel’s Lake. I think there are already hot dog vendors at the Conservatory and Spreckels so maybe it’s just an extension of their contracts?

The Insider adds, “Let’s Be Frank would be permitted to sell at different locations on a roving basis, such as Ocean Beach on sunny days or at a neighborhood park hosting a soccer tournament.”

GrubStreet reports that Outer Richmond ramen/shabu shabu shop Watami (5344 Geary) may be morphing into a place called…Morph. Expected to be Asian fusion, the restaurant got a license to sell beer and wine, a Facebook fan page is set up, and the interior has been spruced up. No word yet on when it will morph into an open eatery.

SFWeekly reports the opening of Quan Bac (4112 Geary at 5th Avenue), which took over the space that housed Sushi Rock #3. Owned by Shera Le, who also runs Bun Bo Hue Quan Ngon Vietnamese Noodle on Noriega, Quan Bac specializes in French-Vietnamese fusion.

As part of Yelp Drinks Week from March 1 – 7, the Cliff House is offering some appealing drink specials. Sip on a House-Made Bloody Mary for $3.75 (regularly $7.50), the Cliff House Sangria for $4 (regularly $8), or the Cliff House Margarita $4.25 (regularly $8.50). Combine that with the ocean view and it sounds like a good time. Thanks to Jim for the tip!

Bon Apetit!

Sarah B.

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 9:53 am | Posted under Food, Golden Gate Park | 4 comments
Feb-24-2010

Running errands

This photo was snapped by Richmond resident, Methanie, near 7th and Geary. The story behind the photo:

When you live in a neighborhood as long as I have, you see the same people over and over again. I have been wanting to photograph this man for awhile. I constantly see him riding around the ‘hood, running his errands on this tiny girl’s bike. And it makes me smile every single time.

Sarah B.


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 6:10 am | Posted under Photos | 3 comments
Feb-23-2010

Premiere of new Playland documentary, March 16

Travel back in time to check out Playland at the Beach, the once bustling, 10-acre amusement park that sat on Ocean Beach here in the Richmond District until it closed in 1972. A new documentary about the park, entitled “Remembering Playland”, will premiere at the Balboa Theater on Tuesday, March 16th at 7pm.

The 62 minute film documents all the great landmarks of Playland like Laffing Sal, the Fun House, the Carousel, the Big Dipper, the Diving Bell, Dark Mystery, Limbo, and Fun-tier Town. Plus hear stories from people that worked and played there. This is the first and only documentary ever made about this San Francisco landmark.

This is sure to sell out, so get your tickets in advance ($6.50 – $10). The premiere will also include other short films on Playland.

More on the history of Playland at the Beach

Sarah B.

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 12:35 pm | Posted under History, Movies | 7 comments
Feb-23-2010

The Balboa Theater turns 84 – come celebrate!

This Sunday, The Balboa Theater will celebrate its 84th birthday with a special show of old films, a live vaudeville show, prizes and of course, birthday cake.

After kicking off with the premiere of a delightful new silent short filmed at the Balboa, Double Features, watch the 1926 film The Cat and the Canary, which has been called “the finest spooky house movie ever made.” It’s a suspenseful mystery about an heiress who is provided with a large inheritance, as long as she is deemed sane. When the estate lawyer disappears, things begin to unravel.

The birthday party will also include a live vaudeville show with magician James Hamilton and singer Linda Kosut. Jack Tillmany will also be at the event, signing and selling copies of his books on the theatres of San Francisco and Oakland.

Sunday’s party and show will be dedicated to the memory of theater owner Irma Levin, who died a few weeks ago. Chronicle columnist Leah Garchik had this to say about the film lover:

Levin and her husband founded the San Francisco International Film Festival, and – I’m picturing her, lively, smart, beautifully dressed in clothes she’d always sewn herself, at a film festival event at Tiffany a few years ago – she was one of the grand old ladies of San Francisco.

The show starts at 7pm on Sunday. Tickets are $10; purchase them in advance here. Happy Birthday to the Balboa!

Read more about The Balboa’s history

Sarah B.

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 6:30 am | Posted under Events, History, Movies | 1 comment
Feb-22-2010

Where’s the beef? Not on this burger…

There’s plenty of good hamburgers to be had in the Richmond, just stop in the legendary Bill’s Place or Namu when the craving strikes.

But the Tee Off Bar & Grill at Clement and 32nd Avenue is serving up a different kind of burger. UrbanDaddy stopped into try their latest menu addition, the kangaroo burger. Served only on the weekends and with housemade sweet potato chips.

I know what you’re thinking – I can’t imagine biting into one either. And no, it doesn’t take like chicken. Urbandaddy writes, “The juicy meat tastes somewhat like beef, but slightly sweeter, with a subtle tanginess, and it’s lean like venison.”

The traditional way to serve a ‘roo burger in Australia is with sliced beets and a fried egg on top. So watch for that variation on the menu soon.

So what do you say? Will you be hopping over to the Tee Off next weekend for a ‘roo burger?

Special thanks to Jim at SFCitzen for the tip.

Sarah B.

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 5:12 pm | Posted under Food | 14 comments
Feb-22-2010

I am the rocket house

SFist first shared this picture of a SF house with a rocket / space shuttle facade. Some commenters then identified that it is a building on 3rd Avenue near Geary, and the owner chimed in that the house “is often made a spectacle for the sake of various theme based house parties.” Blast off!

Can’t wait to see what the next theme is. One reader told me it had Nutcracker decorations at Christmas time. Any suggestions for the owners?

Sarah B.


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 3:52 pm | Posted under Photos, Real Estate | 2 comments
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