Posts Tagged ‘cafe’

Catching Up with the NEW Stow Lake Boat House – Photos – It’s Just the Same, Except for the “PRIVATE EVENTS”

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Well, I guess the transition to the new vendor at our Stow Lake Boat House in Golden Gate Park is fully complete, not that you could really tell. Four Yelp stars, currently.

Things were a little contentious for a while there, what with the crew from Save Stow Lake, who supported the former vendor what operated this place. Get a taste of that conflict here. (And see what became of down below – it’s kind of funny.)

Here it is, looking more like Camp Crystal than what you’d expect to see in Frisco:

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Here’s your seating area for the cafe. The worry back in the aughts was that this room was going to go upscale, become an upscale dining establishment. That didn’t happen.

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Now back in the day, the old vendor simply raised prices without telling/getting permission from Rec and Park, so today’s prices are basically the same as back in the aughts. The new Family Boat seats six, I figure.

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Le Cafe, complete with pink popcorn for sale, as was desired by the alarmist preservationists who supported the former vendor:

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Oh, this is new – room rentals

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I don’t think the Save Stow Lake people saw this coming, ’cause I don’t recall them complaining about the specter of private parties in a public park, oh well. I think it’s like $100 an hour to have a birthday party in a rented room these days. Naturally, visitors will think a bathroom is where all the people are milling about, so this sign keeps them out and points them across the street, fair ‘nough.

Now if conditions get too rough for you out on the high seas of this quite artificial “lake,” well you can always dial the snack bar and they’ll talk you home, like the air traffic controllers from Airport ’75

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So that’s your update.

Now, here’s what’s become of So who’s selling what here? IDK, but, from Japan, it’s the “Telephone Lady” who has tax tips for you:


Anyway, that’s the bizarre end to the bizarre movement to “save” Stow Lake, which of course is still with us even though these Save Stow Lake people lost, big-time.

Happy Boating!

Synergy, Frisco-Style: MotoJava, the Cafe that Sells Coffee and Buys Motorcycles

Friday, August 21st, 2015

As seen in SoMA:

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All the deets.

Not the Best Name for a Cafe in the Lobby of a Large Hospital in 2014: “SUGAR BOWL Bakery and Cafe”

Friday, November 28th, 2014

Two and half stars on Yelp:

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I don’t think sugar-anything would be a good name these days…

This is What’s Left of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Attempt to “Activate” Civic Center Plaza with Kiosk Cafes

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

It didn’t work out:

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Word on the Street: “PUBLIC BENCH PROJECT” – As Seen on Clement in the Inner Richmond

Friday, May 16th, 2014

All the deets:

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(IDK, if I were living out in the Avenues with dial-up internet and didn’t have the option of getting AT&T U-Verse, I think a big green utility box would look better than these blue benches, just saying.)

Isn’t This Kind of Chalk-On-The-Sidewalk Ad Seen on Haight Street Illegal in San Francisco? The Answer Will Amaze You!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Or rather, the answer will amaze the owner of this cafe in the Upper Haight area.

That’s ’cause, yes, this kind of thing isn’t permitted in the City & County.

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Eurotrash at “The Chaya Brasserie” Gape in Wonder Upon Seeing Their First Critical Mass Bike Parade – Embarcadero, USA

Monday, February 3rd, 2014

They were delighted:

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“Creators of “La Nouvelle Cuisine Franco-Japanese” located in San Francisco, Beverly Hills, and Venice…”

MUNI Buses as a Rosetta Stone: Teach Yourself Spanish and Chinese with These McDonalds McCafe McAds

Wednesday, December 25th, 2013

I haven’t seen the answer key ad in English – maybe someday

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Now that we speak the same language, see how you would have handled this super-sad MUNI bus fight on the 30. Myself, I would have placed my burly frame betwixt them, giving them both a chance to save face and shut up…

Disgruntled Customer vs. Cafe Fayala in the Financh: “50% Off Is Not True!” – A Giant Sign Tells the Story of One Man’s Protest

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

I don’t have a dog in this hunt:

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OTOH, the place has 4.5 Yelp stars…

“8/1/2013 Found this place on Yelp and came with a friend…came back with more friends the next day! I truly love the Salad Bar selection at Chez Fayala because it’s much more than a generic Salad Bar, with options ranging from gourmet salad entrees like kale salad or arugula + grilled red onions salad to different varieties of roasted veggies to Italian/French/Asian foods to fruit salad…and of course the amazing spicy Fried Sea Bass that is lightly sprinkled with sesame sees (this the largest reason while I came back the next day. Craved it badly.)  What impresses me is that this all-you-can-serve bar has options like gourmet olives, various styles of homemade hummus, etc. Stuff that isn’t just wholesale, canned Costco material like many other Salad Bars. Payment is by the pound. Those of you who are frequent SF lunch-timers in the FiDi, might have come across Portico. Think of Chez Fayala as Portico on steroids! Lunch rush is bad, and it’s hard to find seats but we managed to find some both times. Just know that till December, the Salad Bar is 50% so most boxes end up between $6-$8. I might find it hard to pay $13 for a regular food box, even though that Fried Sea Bass is top notch. Until then, I’ll enjoy!”