[UPDATE: Suzie, the self-appointed head cheerleader for the current boathouse tenant, thinks she's treed the fox - see the comments. Woof woof:
"We always thought “SFCitizen” was a paid media operative right out of City Hall… this story proves it. There is information here that no one else has, in spite of directives from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force for Rec & Park to reveal it." Suzanne Dumont
Now I’ll tell you, there’s some law or something that says there needs to be a hearing before a new tenant comes in at the Boat House at Stow, so there’ll be a meeting on August 19th to let the full board of Rec and Park vote on the new tenant.
Word on the street is that Ortega Family Enterprises will bring in San Francisco food celebrity Frank Klein (the “helper of dreams“(!) per Eater SF) to lend a hand getting a locally-sourced food program set up the way he done recently at the cafe over there in Muir Woods. [Update: Paolo Lucchesi has the full Inside Scoop on the proposed menu - a $3.95 Boat House Hot Dog - well, that's a lot cheaper than what some people were worried about, that's a lot less than the much-discussed $8.50 figure that was being bandied about, is what I'm saying...]
Anyway, do you see a lot of difference in the building as it is today and the building as it might be?
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Possible future, assuming the Board votes in the Ortega family as tenant, and assuming The Community gives a positive response. This proposal is not set in stone:
Future. Note swan boats:
So there you have it.
Actually, that was the windup, now here’s the pitch, or a pitch, anyway, written by somebody wants the OFE bid to get approved on August 19th. (That meeting could get emotional, as elements of at least one hysterical society are sure to attend. Aint that America?)
In closing, swan boats!
The deets, proposed:
“Benefits of Stow Lake Revitalization Project
Conditions of today’s Stow Lake:
The wooden boathouse has undergone few renovations since it was built in 1946.
The building is in need of a paint job. Mold is growing in the windows, sills and awnings. Broken wood panels need replacement. The building seal (roof, windows, walls, and doors) is compromised and is allowing the building interior to become damaged. The roof eventually needs to be replaced and re-shingled.
The building interior is highly compromised through rough use (tools, oils, machinery), non-historic intrusions, storage overload, and lack of maintenance.
An old, metal fleet of pedal and rowboats are available for rent at $19 per hour (pedal) and $14 per hour (row) plus a $1 ticket deposit.
A vintage walk-up concession counter sells basics, including hot dogs, pink popcorn, soda and other packaged snacks.
The new Stow Lake will feature:
A renovated and stabilized boathouse while re-claiming its historic charm with the help of a $233,000 investment from Ortega Family Enterprises for interior and exterior renovations.
Ortega has further committed 2% of annual revenues (more than $18,000) toward regular maintenance and repair.
An improved exterior will NOT change the building’s character – retaining, for example, the walk-up concession counter — but WILL make the building a safe place to work and visit.
The improved interior will convert the current boat repair area into a simple café space. Natural fixtures, light fixtures and decorations from old boats and furniture made from reclaimed wood, including mostly fallen piers and boats, will pay homage to the building’s seafaring theme.
A revamped menu of organic and seasonal-ingredient sandwiches and saladsalong with tasty baked goods, quick-to-prepare hot dishes, eco-friendly boxed lunches and café beverages. Favorites — pink popcorn and animal crackers included– will still be available.
Menu items will range from $1.00 to $11.75 with the majority of items available for $4.95 to $8.95.
A comfortable indoor space where visits can relax and take refuge.
The heated indoor area will include a coffee house lounge with soft seating, and a meeting space for small gatherings.
For visitors’ convenience, the indoor space will also feature a single-stall bathroom, free wireless Internet and extended hours. Proposed hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the fall, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the winter, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the spring and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the summer months.
A new fleet of 50 boats that will include , pontoon, swan-themed pedal and rowboats. Ortega will invest $152,000 in the new fleet with plans to reduce rental rates in coming years.”
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