Balboa Food News: Shanghai Dumpling re-opens, Hockey Haven does BBQ, Cassava almost ready to re-open, new Marla Bakery in 2014
Artists HsiaoChi Chang and Alex Lee stand in front of their chalkboard mural of Balboa Street inside Cassava Bakery
Lots of food tidbits to report on for outer Balboa this week!
Shanghai Dumpling (3319 Balboa) closed a few months ago for renovations, but reader Steve tells us it is finally back open for business. So if you’ve been jonesing for their dumplings, General Tso chicken or sugar egg puffs, get out there.
I am carnivore, hear me roar… We got a note from Erin at Hockey Haven (3625 Balboa) who tells us that they’ve teamed up with The Boneyard Truck (BBQ), who will be serving from the HH kitchen on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm until 10pm, and serving Sunday brunch from 11am until 3pm. “Our meats are smoked and roasted to succulent perfection every day. Paired with fresh homemade breads and seasonal side dishes, we create exciting flavor combinations that are sure to awaken your inner carnivore.” Brisket chili nachos, anyone? Erin says Boneyard will also take over the Monday Night Football steak dinners starting in August.
The much beloved Cassava Bakery (3519 Balboa) closed a couple of months ago so they could expand into the space next door. We stopped by last Saturday for a sneak peek and it’s nearly done. They hoped to open this week but next week is more likely. In addition to having a beer and wine license, the “new & improved” Cassava will have seating for roughly 25 inside and 20 outside, an expanded menu, and plans to serve their popular Japanese breakfast every day of the week. They will also continue to offer pop-up dinners on Friday and Saturday nights. Follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.
Speaking of pop-ups – one has decided to commit and settle down on Balboa Street. Tablehopper reports that Marla Bakery plans to open in the former Crown Lock space (3619-21 Balboa). “They will be open for breakfast and lunch daily, plus Sunday suppers, and eventually dinner too (the space will initially be used for pop-up dinners and cooking classes in the evenings). You can also come by to just pick up bread and pastries.” Targeting a Spring 2014 opening.
Bon Appétit Balboa!
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Photo by Friends of Cabrillo Playground
Cabrillo Playground has been closed since last June for extensive renovation, but judging from some recent photos posted by the Friends of Cabrillo Playground, it will be well worth the wait when it re-opens on August 3.
The $4.5 million project includes the renovation of the historic clubhouse – originally built in 1945 as a New Deal project – as well as a complete overhaul of the children’s play area, creating separate play areas for pre-school and school age children.
All of the sports courts – 1 tennis court and 1 1/2 basketball courts – have also been resurfaced in colorful materials.
Work was also done to the picnic area, paths were repaved, new lighting has been added, accessibility improved and new landscaping installed. In other words – a completely new playground.
A Friends member also left us this update in a comment: The Friends of Cabrillo Playground and the community surrounding Cabrillo Playground raised funds to purchase a Henge concrete ping pong table. So get your ping pong paddles out and dust them off and be ready for some ping pong fun! We will be hosting a Berlin-style ping pong demonstration at the park’s opening.
The playground is set to re-open on August 3 with a grand celebration. We’ll keep you posted as the opening draws near. In the meantime, you can ooh and aah over these photos. The kids living close to the playground must be DYING to get in there and play!
Next up is Mountain Lake Park Playground, which is due for a $3.15 million renovation beginning in March 2015.
Healthier Living Program Coordinator Ken Wong and Supervisor Eric Mar at the
Richmond District Community Health Festival on May 14, 2011
Starting Saturday, June 29, the Richmond District YMCA (360 18th Avenue) will host a series of free “Healthier Living Workshops”, designed to help people with chronic conditions like arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems, and other chronic conditions.
Workshops at the YMCA will be offered in English, and the same curriculum will be offered in Mandarin Chinese at the Richmond District Police Station (461 6th Avenue).
Classes can help participants and their caregivers improve quality of life. At the workshops, participants will learn how to:
- Manage pain, stress, and fatigue
- Be more fit and eat healthier
- Work more effectively with your doctor and healthcare professionals
- Set goals and problem solve to make positive changes in your life
- Feel better and reduce your healthcare costs
The classes were developed by the Stanford University School of Medicine and are hosted by the SF Department of Aging and Adult Services.
Classes will be held every Saturday beginning June 29 for 6 weeks, with the last class on August 3rd. English classes will be at the Richmond District YMCA from 10am until 12:30pm; Mandarin classes will be at the Richmond District Police Station from 9:30am until 12noon.
It’s free to participate, but pre-registration is required. For English call the Richmond District YMCA at 415-666-9622. For Mandarin, call Wan Na Yu at 415-775-5052.
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As we mentioned about a week ago, Rec & Park recently drained most of Spreckels Lake to make repairs to the walking trails and retaining walls.
Last Friday, reader Abigail P. was walking around the lake when she noticed a man putting plastic bags around his legs. She stopped to see what he was up to.
Turns out he had spotted a stranded pigeon in the middle of the lake, stuck in the muddy remains. The bird was struggling to get free and was covered in heavy mud.
The man waded out, grabbed the pigeon, and brought it back to shore where another woman rinsed the mud off of it. The pigeon waddled away and was on his way.
“Both of them deserve praise. Several of us who were watching clapped after the rescue,” Abigail said. She snapped these photos of the good Samaritans.
That’s one lucky pigeon! Let’s hope he tells his buddies to avoid the lake until it gets filled back up in mid-August.
Sunday was the first Clement Street Farmer’s Market, taking place from 9am until 2pm on Clement between 2nd and 4th Avenues. And despite the heavy fog and looming rain, there was plenty of people checking it out and buying.
We arrived around 12:30 and the market was bustling. There is a great variety of vendors in the market offering organic fruits and vegetables, olive oil, tacos, organic eggs, honey, gluten-free baked goods, fresh juices and much more.
Clement Street’s Q Restaurant had a booth, selling their tasty pulled pork tacos.
There was plenty to do for kids as well. At the corner of 2nd Avenue there was a mechanical bull ride, and at the 4th Avenue end, a bouncy house and a giant, great white shark slide.
Even by 12:30pm, many of the vendors were sold out, posting signs and thanking shoppers for supporting the first week of the market.
Attendance was a mix of residents and visitors to the neighborhood, many of whom were asking vendors how long the market had been going on. Word will spread quickly that the Richmond District now has their own Sunday market.
Local merchants along Clement were also seeing an uptick in business thanks to the market. We stopped in Cumaica Coffee on the corner of 3rd and Clement, who said they were having a record day thanks to the market. The staff in Seedstore Clothing said they had also seen a nice stream of traffic into their store.
It was a great first week for the market. We’re looking forward to it being a weekly event in the neighborhood.
[Reprinted from The Richmond Police Station Newsletter of June 21, 2013. To be added to the station's mailing list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.]
CAPTAIN SHARON FERRIGNO’S MESSAGE
On Thursday Officers Ison and McWilliams made a fantastic arrest of four persons wanted for strong arm robbery on at 21st and Balboa Sts. It is listed below in Noteworthy Arrests.
We have been passing out flyers in the area of Sutter and Divisadero and the UCSF Campus warning of an uptick in robberies around midnight and early commute hours 0500 to 0730. Please pay close attention to your surroundings and avoid using phones and tablets while waiting for public transportation or walking alone. When you are not paying attention you stand out and can become a victim. We want you to avoid that.
We are thrilled to welcome six new sergeants and three new lieutenants to Richmond Stations team. This will make a big impact with our operation and we are pleased to have these talented women and men onboard.
Our next Community meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 6pm. It will be in the Community Room, here at Richmond Station, 461 6th Ave.
On 06/17/13 at 5:50pm on California at Lyon, vehicles were stopped for the red light, eastbound on California. The female suspect, who was under the influence, rear ended the car in front of her which started a chain reaction, with a total of four vehicles involved. The 47 year old woman, whose preliminary breath test showed 3 times the legal limit, was charged with driving under the influence.
On 06/19/13 at 6:45am, a caller was reporting a female climbing through the window of an apartment on the 1700 block of Broderick. The female then went to the front door of the building and let in a male. The caller stated the apartment was supposed to be vacant. Officers arrived and detained 3 people. The owner of the building arrived and told the officers that no one had permission to be in the unit. The three were charged with trespassing.
On 06/18/13 at 5pm the victim was walking on Balboa approaching 22nd Ave, talking on her cell phone. She noticed the 4 suspects behind her and as she got to the corner and crossed to the other side, one of the suspects passed her. She was then suddenly grabbed from behind around her neck and dragged her to the ground. She felt a cold hard object placed on her neck and when she tried to scream, one of the suspects covered her mouth. Her phone was grabbed from her hand, and while she was being held on the ground, another suspect took her purse. The suspects fled but were seen by a witness getting on a 31 Balboa bus, inbound. The officers located the bus and 6th Ave and Balboa and detained the four suspects. The officers located the victim’s property and in a backpack belonging to one of the suspects, a pellet gun that had the orange safety tip broken off. Three female suspects, 16, 20 and 21yrs, and one male suspect, 17yrs were aLl charged with robbery, false imprisonment, possession of burglary tools and aggravated assault.
Between 06/15/13, 11:30pm and 06/16/13, 12:15pm on the 3500 block of Jackson, a suspect entered a garage, found a spare key and stole the vehicle parked inside. Inside the vehicle was clothing that had just been purchased from a store downtown and still in the bags. The victims contacted store security to tell them about the theft of the vehicle and clothing in case someone tried to return the items. On 06/18/13 at 4:20pm, a male went into that same store and tried to return the stolen items. Security was alerted and they remembered the phone call from the victim. The police were called and security followed him out of the store and to a parking lot where he entered the stolen vehicle. Officers arrived on scene and took him into custody. The 38 year old male was charged with stolen auto, possession of stolen property, fraud and a probation violation.
Between 06/13/13, 6pm and 06/14/13, 8pm on the 800 block of 40th Ave, a suspect entered a home by climbing up a ladder and entering an unlocked window. The suspect took jewelry and cash.
On 06/15/13 at 1:45am, officers responded to a call of shots being fired in the area of 2300 Post St. Numerous officers searched the area and found shell casings, but located no victims or evidence of any vehicles or homes being hit.
On 06/15/13 at 2pm, the victim was standing on the 200 block of 23rd Ave looking at her phone. She heard someone running and felt a bump to her shoulder. The suspect grabbed her phone from her hand and fled north on 23rd Ave. He was described as a black male wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans.
On 06/16/13 at 3:50am, the victim was at the bus stop and Geary and Collins Sts. The two suspects approached and began a casual conversation with the victim. The victim began to feel nervous and started walking eastbound. One of the suspects called out to the victim and asked if he could borrow the phone and said he “I won’t take it.” The victim let the suspect use his phone and both walked away with the phone. The victim said he was afraid that if he didn’t let the suspect use the phone they would cause him harm. The suspect was described as a black male, 20-25yrs, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.
On 06/18/13 at 12:05am, the victim was walking on Baker at Pine St. He was struck from behind on his head and pushed to the ground. While he was on the ground he looked up and saw one of the suspects holding a handgun. They demanded his property and he complied. The suspects, possibly a total of 4 fled south on Baker. The victim could only give a partial description of one male as 20-25yrs with short hair.
On 06/18/13 at 1am on the 2400 block of Sutter, the victims were walking northbound on Sutter St approaching Broderick. They saw the suspects walking east on Sutter and they crossed the street to where the victim’s were. One of the suspects slapped the victim in the face and took her purse while brandishing a handgun. The second suspect went to the second victim and grabbed her bag from her shoulder. After a “tug of war” the victim decided to let go of her bag. The suspects fled west on Sutter. They were described as black males, 20-25, one both wearing hooded sweatshirts and blue jeans.
Between 06/18/13, 8pm and 06/19/13, 6am on the 2000 block of Post St, a suspect entered an apartment through an unlocked door and took a purse and its contents. The victim was asleep at the time and did not hear anything.
On 06/19/13, between 2pm and 6:30pm on the 2800 block of Sacramento St, a suspect entered and apartment through a rear patio door. The suspect took a laptop and two watches. There were no signs of forced entry.Crime | Comments Off
In the lineup this year is Ed Sheeran (“The A Team”), Sara Bareilles (“Love Song” as in I’m not gonna write you one), Ginny Blackmore (“Bones”), and Finish Ticket, a local indie pop band from Alameda (appearing in reverse order on the schedule).
So pack your blankets and layers, head out to hear some good music and dine on some gourmet concert grub.