I don’t know, I think they do it better in Paris:
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First, it was all like this, the Kabuki Kitchen at 1865 Post near Fillmore, where a little five-star Yelp Fraud didn’t have the intended effect:
So then it was all like this, with a new name and menu for Bob Redford’s joint right next to the Sundance Kabuki movie theatre:
But now it’s all like this, all closed up:
Hey, maybe if Japantown hadn’t chased away so many tenants all these years there’d be a critical mass of foot traffic?
Maybe. Storefronts on Post what were empty in 2005 are still empty in 2011.
The whole place looks like a ghost town (a cold, 1960′s-style 100% cement ghost town) at night, pretty much. (Concrete and clay and general decay…)
Here are the bus ads around town these days.
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Now, is this something to get excited about?
Well, as always, You Make The Call. Hey, why not show up for the FREE SFO T2 Community Open House on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 and decide for yourself.
But hurry, they’re running out of the tickets that you all will need to get in. Check it:
(As promised, there are 11 thin White People on the invite page. Count them for yourself, why not? Where’s Waldo ‘n stuff.)
As you might have expected, Inside Scoop’s Paolo Lucchesi is all over the food sitch at our new T2. All’s I can say is that it all should be pretty pricey, but, prove me wrong, SFO, prove me wrong.
Now, leaving aside the big picture of labeling anything to do with jet travel sustainable,* I’m a little baffled as to how a “cage-free” egg is a “sustainable” egg, but oh well.
All the deets:
As with other tenants, SFO’s concession tenants are encouraged to use green building materials for their facilities and will be required to recycle and compost.”
I don’t know, I’m used to hearing all this overblown stuff from SFO. So it’s like yes, SFO was ready for the long-delayed Airbus A380 superjumbo, but so what. And yes, Lufthansa will soon be using an A380 from Frankfurt daily, but it burns more fuel than the Boeing 747 it’s replacing, right? Well, the Mayor’s Office and SFO both reported that one wrong. Oh and then QANTAS was supposed to start flying A380s in and out of Millbrae, but, instead, they’re going to bug out of NorCal entirely due to a little corporate welfare (like 3 mil., something like that) from Texas, so maybe the Mayor’s Office and SFO were, once again, wrong/insanely optimistic about that as well?
Remembering when the T2 construction site was a vast ocean of free parking. Good times.
(Man, are they still flying three-decade-out-of-production DC9′s out of SFO? Or that’s a baby McDonnell Douglas MD-80 in the upper left? Can’t tell. No matter, flying dinosaurs they are regardless.)
So, we had a Terminal 2, then we shut it down, and now we’re opening it again. O.K.
Make that super-meh.
*Cheap international air travel using relatively cheap dino-juice is “sustainable?” Really? And instead of bringing food to the people, ’cause that’s unsustainable ‘n stuff, we’re bringing people to the food?
All the deets here and after the jump.
SFO: Ask about our “recomposure zone!”**
**Srsly. (Call us when the shuttle lands, SFO.)
“SFO T2 Community Open House
Saturday, April 09, 2011 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM (PT)
San Francisco, CA
TYPE ENDS QUANTITY
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free
4:00 pm- 5:00 pm Apr 09, 2011 Free Sold Out
The City of San Francisco, Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the San Francisco Airport Commission invite you to a special Community Open House to celebrate the Grand Opening of Terminal 2, SFO’s dazzling new terminal that elevates air travel to a new level of comfort, relaxation, beauty and fun – and all with a commitment to sustainability.
The Community Open House will feature food and beverage specials from T2′s new tenants, activities and entertainment provided by T2 partners and sponsors and local organizations. Discover how T2 + U = a greener way to travel! Compete in the Skytracker Eco-Challenge and see if you can score enough points to win exciting prizes and gifts, including a fabulous trip for two.
12 noon to 5 pm: Public Admission
Bring the family — this is a FREE event, open to everyone.
FOR MORE DETAILS: flysfo.com/t2opening
Contact: Event Coordinators: Winslow & Associates, Inc.
Phone: (415) 551-5190, Fax: (415) 551-5195,
I can’t tell you anything more than what’s in this amazingly detailed report from Andrew Dudley other than oven temperature for the pies - it’s a surprisingly low 575 degrees. (I must have been on the same tour the same day.)
And it’s five-star rated already, even before opening…
Bon Courage, Ragazza!
SUN-THURS 5 – 10 PM
FRI-SAT 5 – 10:30PM
311 DIVISADERO STREET
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94117
Part of the problem of having wide, wide sidewalks in San Francisco is when people go and try to fill up the wasted space.
As here, in front of the Hotel Whitcomb on inbound Market near 8th Street. See? Terry Frye’s recent photos seem to show quite a lot of stuff on the red brick. Is Market now a Livable Street or something? Are potted plants required for every public-private partnership to come down the pike?
Here it is, the Kabuki Kitchen, owned by Sundance Studios, at 1865 Post Street in Japantown.
On this night at around 8:00-something PM, it appeared to have just one customer.
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The term “Yelp Fraud” applies to reviews that are deceptive, such as those from a business owner posing as a customer to praise his own products. Do you see any of that possibly going on here?
One recent posting with a five-star rating:
“Best of the best! The new Executive Chef Mark Lackie has completely revamped the menu.”
Look a little suspicious to you? Notice any others? Exclamation points are a clue.
As for the restaurant itself, it appears to close early on a regular basis for want of customers.
For what it’s worth, three cheers for SunDance founder Robert Redford and SunDance itself for putting a boatload of money into the Kabuki theatre complex. It must be tough getting a new restaurant off the ground, especially without having a liquor license from the get go. Kabuki Kitchen certainly looks nice, as this photo from Eater SF shows, but $13 burgers might seem too costly for some.
Keep on trying Bob/SunDance! We’re rooting for you.