Posts Tagged ‘japacurry’

Word on the Street: Longer Lines at JapaCurry on Mission near Second, Saner Lines (Now With Cones!) at Sushiritto

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Item One. Now I’ll tell you, the Great Second Street Food Fight has cooled down ever since Wednesday last week when a certain Stanford MBA wisely decided to stop her direct action campaign against the legal competition.* That means that Japacurry has been able to develop a following.

And that means that passersby just stop and gape and whip out their cell phones for mad photos before getting in line. It’s quite a phenomenon, actually.

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Owner Jay Hamada and his crew are still not exercising their right to sell on Second Street on Mondays and Tuesdays – we’ll just have to see how this one works out.

Item Two. Cones! Cones have come to the doorway of the Crunch Fitness on New Monty. See how they work?

The big cones and small cones have meanings. There are rules, dig? You’ll learn them while you wait and wait and wait in line.

It’s all too real, baby:

*The campaign against Japacurry and others continues, however. A bricks-and-mortar-owning ringleader is going around to all the lunch joints in the area to marshal support in a campaign against food trucks “poaching” bidness. Afterwards, here what one of the restaurant owners told me: “I do not like this woman. I do not like this smiling woman.” You know, because of the unctuousness. OTOH, this long-time owner doesn’t like Japacurry being in the area neither. On it goes…

Bevan Dufty’s Street Food Panel Discussion Coming to Main Public Library February 10th, 2011!

Wednesday, February 2nd, 2011

From SF FYI Net comes news of the Great San Francisco Street Food Movement Panel Discussion Featuring Bevan Dufty:

Street Food Movement in Francisco
When: February 10, 2011 – Thursday 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Where: San Francisco Main Library, Koret Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco
What: Panel discussion: Street food movement in San Francisco: Supervisor Bevan Dufty, Larry Bain of Let’s Be Frank, Veronica Salazar and Margarita Rojas of La Cocina

Can The Bevan bring peace to the whacked-out bricks-and-mortar crazies vs. street food purveyors war?

Leader of the crazies, Alison Rowe, parking her car to block a legal competitor:

Via John Birdsall

Alison Rowe, what a liar!

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.