Posts Tagged ‘ggra’

OMG, the Famous JapaCurry Food Truck Debuts NORTH of Market Street Today! See You At Pine and Sansome, 11:30AM to 1:00 PM

Friday, March 4th, 2011

Will the SoMA crowds follow the popular, award-winning JapaCurry food truck to its new location north of Market at Pine and Sansome?

Here’s the lunch rush on Mission as it was yesterday:

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Of course the struggling bricks and mortar lunchtime purveyors near the intersection of Second and Market famously banded together to chase away the younger, better-looking, more popular competition last month. (That kind of thing happens sometimes, of course.) We’ll just have to wait and see if their sales of potato chips and cigarettes can get back to normal…

Anyway, see you there!

Food Truck Town Hall Today. Plus, Haterz vs. Shills, It’s YelpWar! And, Cigarettes and Chips vs. JapaCurry Truck

Friday, February 25th, 2011

Item 1: Don’t miss the big, official Mobile Food Town Hall today. The BOMA, she has the deets:

“The Mobile Food Town Hall will be held on February 25, 2011 at 1 South Van Ness Avenue, Atrium Conference Room, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  Click here or see our previous blog post, below, for more information.”

Will “concerns” be “addressed?” Oh hells yes! You can count on that…

Item 2:  Yelp can’t seem to be able to put down the current YelpWar taking place right here, right now. Check it:

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Now, what are the odds that three different people decided to join the Yelp all at the same time to post one-star reviews of the same old place? Pretty low, actually. Those are the haterz, they got riled up over the whole Second Street Food fight issue, one that just got picked up by the WSJ.

But what about the shills? Is it possible that someone with an ownership interest in already-poorly-rated Harvest & Rowe is posting multiple five-star reviews? (Would this be like writing an annual performance review of yourself for your boss to peruse? “I work well with others, all our great new ideas came from me…”)

Anyway, check it, a re-review from “Erin A” or somebody:

But surprisingly, the Yelp (or somebody) has already taken down the five-star re-review from earlier this month. (That’s pretty smart Yelp, if you can figure things out like that, srsly.)

Now, speaking of which, what’s up with Jose R? He just happens to loooooove the Harvest & Rowe but he’s just not into the highly-rated Mixt Greens, the hated competition of Harvest & Rowe. Isn’t that funny? These days, you just can’t tell who is behind what, huh?

Anyway, draw your own conclusions….

And Item 3: That recent bit in the Wall Street Journal quoted people from three bricks-and-mortar food purveyors on or around Second and Mission. Let’s meet them why not?

Here’s Muffins, Muffins:

The food trucks are a threat to us,” said Diane Tran, owner of Muffins, Muffins, a pastry and sandwich shop on Second Street and one of the restaurants that signed the police complaint against JapaCurry. “They park in front of us, take our customers and leave the truck running so we get the smell of gas and smoke in our shop. We wish they weren’t around here, because we don’t do well when they are.”

It’s easy to complain, huh? Point in fact, the JapaCurry truck has never parked in front of her business, seen here:

So, how can the owner of Muffins to the Second Power detect the smell of gas and smoke from one particular vehicle parked at least tens of yards away? Or maybe all that smoke is from her customers? Did she or somebody else before or does she or somebody else now want to sell cigarettes or something? Can’t quite tell:

(Hey, do you think the “E” in “E. Mar” stands for Eric? Well, it does! Hurray!)

She also sells the potato chips.

Here’s Sammy’s on Second. Do you think the owner would be able to tell if a food truck happened to be parked around the block on any particular day – do you think his sales of bags of potato chips go down due to all the potato chips that JapaCurry sells? (But JapaCurry doesn’t sell potato chips, see?)

And Tart to Tart, well that’s a chain, right? That’s a chain what sells potato chips ‘n stuff for lunch. (Is that your A-game, T to T?)

But what about all the popular places in the area? Are they whinging to the SFPD as well? Don’t know. But you’d think the more successful places might be too busy to hate ‘n stuff. I’d be curious to see a list of the aggrieved sometime.

All right, that’s it for now. Place nice and fly straight, people!

Angry Yelpers! Japacurry vs. Harvest & Rowe Foodfight Spills Over Into Yelp – Lots of One-Star Reviews Deleted

Thursday, February 10th, 2011

It’s YelpWar 2011!

Now, the way things were going, three-star-rated Harvest & Rowe was headed for 2.5 star territory last week until Yelp intervened over the weekend by deleting a mess of recent one-star reviews, some from quite experienced Yelpers.

See? There used to be 273, but loads just got cut:

Plenty of serious Yelpers don’t like this state of affairs one bit. See?

Apparently, you Yelpers aren’t allowed to give a one-star review just because you think the owner of some joint is acting unfairly.

But five-star shills, well, they can have a field-day:

Not too busy at H&R these days considering that this shot was a sunny day (think it was Monday) and it was at 12:30 PM, what should be smack in the middle of the lunch rush. Is the boycott taking effect or have people just moved on to highly-rated Mixt Greens and normally-rated Seller’s Markets over the past few years?

Anyway, all this fooferall is breaking the Yelp, which is supposed to be all about you actually going into a place and then giving your opinion.

But the blowback continues. Here’s a recent five-star review that wasn’t written by H&R owner Alison Rowe or one of her sympathizing friends. From Alex K:

“Wow! This place is great!
I’ve never actually eaten here.
I’m just curious if Yelp deletes fake 5-star reviews with the same alacrity that it goes after well-meaning 1-star reviews.”


Oh well. How will Yelp deal with this rebellion? We’ll see.

If I were curious about getting people to like H&R more, I’d take heed of what these people are saying – does none of this criticism ring true? Maybe Japacurry has nothing to do with the success or failure of any given eight-year-old breakfast/lunch spot?


Now, Yelp HQ is “Appalled” By Horrible Alison Rowe’s Behavior – The Japacurry SoMA Food Truck Battle Continues

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Boy howdy, Yelp is getting irked by all the one star reviews going up for struggling Harvest & Rowe on Second Street. Check for the comment from Yelp HQ right here.

Apparently, Alison Rowe, the villain in this saga, is lawyering up and, somehow, it seems her friend(s)/acquaintance(s) are acting to physically block the Japacurry Food Truck from parking in its legal spots on Second near Mission and on Mission near New Montgomery.

John Birdsall at SFoodie is all over this situation. So check it.

This was the scene yesterday afternoon when “Anna” just happened to park her “commercial vehicle” in the space where Japacurry belongs.

Will this drama continue today or will Alison’s legal advisor(s) have cooled things down?

Stay tooned…

Popular JapaCurry Food Truck has Played by the Rules – Now, When Will the SFPD Find a Substitute Spot?

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Get up to speed here. And SFoodie John Birdsall has a fresh update.

All right, so the JapaCurry Truck can’t park in its designated space on Second Street in the FiDi SoMA because the owner of a struggling, three-star-out-of-a-possible-five-rated breakfast/lunch place (which is kind of big and empty-looking usually, and has two very similar joints like right close by, and has to compete with extremely popular lunch places like Chipotle (yes, Chipotle, you would not believe the line) and the new Sushirrito (not too far away neither)) took direct action against the foreign invaders by starting a whispering campaign,* and then a letter campaign, and then a I’ll-park-my-own-damn-car-in-the-space-the-SFPD-just-gave-you-a-permit-for campaign, fine.

So that was it, no curry for you on Second Street this past Monday and Tuesday because the JapaCurry people don’t want to be where struggling, connected bidnesspeople are having coronaries, fine.

So on Wednesday, the truck parked near its designated Wednesday-Thursday space near New Montgomery and Mission, only to have existing restaurant owners call the cops again, again, and ask to see permits.

So on Thursday this week, yesterday, the truck was, once again, “unable to park” in its designated spot, so it headed south to Brisbane, far outside the realm of our local crybabies. See?

Now today, JapaCurry will be at On The Go in Civic Center. But next week, who knows?

Hey, why doesn’t the SPFD get off its duff and find a place or two for the JapaCurry Truck to park north of Market in the FiDi since JapaCurry has already jumped through all the hoops and paid all the fees and, apparently, all the struggling food purveyors of SoMA are so close to going out of business?

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*[Pertinent Beastie Boys / Lee “Scratch” Perry musical reference omitted Feb. 18, 2011 due to excessive crying from “Jose.”]

Boycott? Struggling Harvest & Rowe vs. JapaCurry Food Truck – Will Horrible Bully Allison Rowe Win This Fight?

Monday, January 24th, 2011

Boy, you think that this poorly-rated FiDi/SoMA lunch place on Second Street, Harvest & Rowe, has just a little bit of overhead? The rent’s probably a bit pricy, right?

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No matter. When a lunch truck shows up in your hood, consider welcoming it with open arms. You could do that or you could write a sneaky letter to the SFPD and to your Supervisor and only-God-knows-whom-else to try to chase it away unfairly. Your choice.

Of course, successfully persuading Supervisors to make useless distinctions betwixt competitors to favor the more-established is not unprecendented (Yick Wo v. Hopkins, 118 U.S. 356 (1886)), San Francisco history-wise. But can’t we all get along? Can’t we see how the market’s moving and adjust? Can’t we open our own damn food truck and park it in front of an existing restaurant some days and achieve the synergy ‘n stuff? Yes, Yes We Can! Harvest and Rowe could have noticed trends and started up its own gosh darn food truck and followed the rules just the way the hated competition has already done, right?  I mean, by the time a food trend is being written up in the Noo Yawk Times (check out the excellent copy and photos from San Francisco’s very own Telstar Logistics Fleet Management Officer Todd Lappin here), well, you’ve got yourself something to consider, right?

Oh what’s that? You’re not doing so hot lately with the bricks and the mortar, ‘specially on the Yelp, H&R?

Harvest and Rowe:


And here’s how the object of Allison Rowe’s ire, the harmless JapaCurry Food Truck, is doing lately, since firing up the truck late last year:

A little different, ne?

Jay Hamada’s JapaCurry truck, as seen on New Monty:

We’ll just have to wait and see how this one turns out. But today and tomorrow, days that Jay was supposed to be on Second Street, are now cancelled:

Oh well. (On Wednesday, the truck will be on New Montgomery near Mission.)

And ponder why the Golden Gate Restaurant Association has any say at all in this affair. So,  it’s not enough to follow the rules, people need to follow the rules for the right motives as far as the GGRA is concerned. Really? Hey GGRA, are you still against having sanitation letter grades outside of all restaurants the way they do in Los Angeles and elsewhere? Oh what’s that? You’re a trade association focused on protecting the weakest restaurants in town? Oh, O.K., well that makes sense.

All right, back to the latest Yelpings about mediocre Harvest & Rowe:


“The vibe on this place was kinda weird, and seeing the other reviews and the whole food truck fiasco… Well, sadly it just makes sense. When you can’t put together a SOLID breakfast/lunch offering that engenders loyalty and word of mouth to bring in new business, well you probably are going to go apes#!t when a truck with edible and affordable fare parks outside.”

“I am BOYCOTTING harvest & rowe for threatening to block the legal parking space that JapaCurry has a SF permit for!!!  There is NO reason for her selfish behavior – she doesn’t serve any food that would compete with what JapaCurry offers.  She unrealistically assumes that customers will go to her place if JapaCurry wasn’t legally parked there – she is so wrong!! I am not affiliated with JapaCurry but saw the below article and can’t believe how childish adults can be these days.  I also live nearby and will spread the word to ALL neighbors & friends!  So glad Mixt Greens is in the ‘hood!”

“I think this pretty much says it all.  Bullies suck”


The harassment campaign against the hated newcomer appears to be working, at least for today and tomorrow:

But, this will not stand. This will not stand, this aggression against JapaCarry.

Know Your Area Lighthouses – Point Bonita in Marin, Complete With Dedicated Tunnel and Brokedown Bridge

Friday, November 26th, 2010

Remember back in the day, back when you could visit the Pt. Bonita Lighthouse? Well, bide your time, cause you’ll be able to go there once again come 2012 after the mini suspension bridge gets fixed.

Actually, the commitment to being back in bidness  is sort of a half-assed promise and it’s coming from the Feds, so give them half a decade or so.

Click to expand, it’ll get big. Five people max on the bridge. And that’s the town of Muir Beach in the background:

Take note:

“NOTE: The tunnel to the suspension bridge/lighthouse is open Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 – 3:30 pm. However the lighthouse is not accessible due to the suspension bridge closure. Currently the bridge is due to be replaced and open to the public in the Spring of 2012.”

Hey Feds, why not put in a mini Golden Gate Bridge if we have to wait for so long? Thusly:

Oh well. At least they’ll let you walk through the tunnel, occasionally.

Typical Happy Meal Banned in San Francisco – Eric Mar’s Legislation Passes With Veto-Proof Supermajority

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

The typical Happy Meal (or Kids’ Meal or what have you) with an included toy has just been banned in the City and County of San Francisco. Check it:

“This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood obesity.  The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options.  To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.”

Today’s vote at the Board of Supervisors was 8-3, which means that any veto from Mayor Gavin Newsom would get overridden with a quickness, one would presume. Robble robble, indeed.

Legislation author and District One Supervisor Eric Mar is aiming to “challenge the restaurant industry.” Well, mission accomplished.

Get all the deets from this uploaded doc: Healthymlsdig3

So, either McDonalds will alter its menu accordingly or you won’t be able to get the likes of these Barbie dolls, these “Youth-Focused Incentive Items” in the 415 come December 1, 2011:

The upshot is that McDonald’s es infeliz. Muy infeliz. See?

Just after the vote, McDonald’s spokeswoman Danya Proud said, ‘We are extremely disappointed with today’s decision. It’s not what our customers want, nor is it something they asked for.'”

So there you go.

All the deets:

“Supervisor Eric Mar’s Healthy Meal Legislation passes with a supermajority

The Healthy Meal Legislation sets nutritional standards for restaurant food that is accompanied by toys or other youth focused incentive items. Supervisor Eric Mar’s legislation is co-sponsored by Supervisors Campos, Chiu and Avalos and was supported by a broad coalition of grassroots community organizations, parents and health professionals.  Supervisors Avalos, Campos, Chiu, Daly, Dufty, Mar, Maxwell, and Mirkarimi voted in support of the legislation.

This legislation is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits and to address issues related to childhood obesity.  The legislation encourages restaurants to provide healthier meal options.  To provide an incentive item, meals must contain fruits and vegetables, not exceed 600 calories, and must not have beverages that have excessive fat or sugar.

“This is a tremendous victory for our children’s health. Our children are sick. Rates of obesity in San Francisco are disturbingly high, especially among children of color,” said Supervisor Eric Mar. “This is a challenge to the restaurant industry to think about children’s health first and join the wide range of local restaurants that have already made this commitment.”

The effective date of the legislation is December 1, 2011.

OK then.

What the suits had to say about this plus Your Amended Legislative Digest, after the jump.


Herrera Beats GGRA, Supreme Court Rejects Attack on Healthy San Francisco

Monday, June 28th, 2010

Well, that will be it for now from the Golden Gate  Restaurant Association vis-a-vis Healthy San Francisco. They should have made a deal, it would seem.

All the deets:

‘Healthy San Francisco’ stands, as U.S. Supreme Court denies legal challenge. Rejection ends four-year legal battle over popular universal health care program that serves more than 53,000 San Franciscans


SAN FRANCISCO (June 28, 2010) — The U.S. Supreme Court this morning denied review to a legal challenge to a key provision of “Healthy San Francisco,” conclusively ending a contentious four-year attack aimed at gutting the City’s popular universal health care program.  At issue in the lawsuit brought by Golden Gate Restaurant Association in 2006 was whether the federal Employee Retirement Income Security Act, or ERISA, preempts local laws such as San Francisco’s from requiring ongoing employer spending for employee health benefits, or alternative payments to a local government.  In rejecting GGRA’s petition for review on this, the last day of the Supreme Court’s 2009-10 term, the high court effectively sustained a Sept. 30, 2008 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling upholding the legality of the City’s employer spending requirement for health care. 

Ever more deets, and a timeline, after the jump


Tickets on Sale Now for SF Chefs 2010, Running August 9-15 in Union Square

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

OMG, SF Chefs is making its way back to Union Square in 2010 running from August 9 to August 15, 2010.

Get your ticks right here.

Chef Melissa Perello will be there, what about you?

All the deets:

SF Chefs 2010 Tickets Now on Sale

San Francisco’s Second Annual Premier Food, Wine & Spirits Week To Take Place August 9-15, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, June 24  — The country’s first and only urban food, wine and spirits festival returns to San Francisco’s Union Square for its second year.  The weeklong celebration will highlight Northern California’s amazing bounty of ingredients, chefs, winemakers, spirits professionals, bartenders, restaurants, and wineries.

Produced by the Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) and sponsored by Visa Signature®, the culinary festival will take place throughout the city’s restaurants and the Grand Tasting Tent, set once again on San Francisco’s Union Square. The Westin St. Francis, Macy’s, Williams-Sonoma and surrounding restaurants will also host a series of parties, classes, demonstrations, seminars and industry-only events throughout the week.

Ever more deets, after the jump