Posts Tagged ‘Jefferson’
First SF Loses Its Hooters and Now This: Dick’s Last Resort Shutters After Six Months – Who’s Next for 353 Jefferson?Wednesday, January 14th, 2015
Of course, our Hooters was having to deal with some wage and hour lawsuit issues when it went away, but one supposes the rents up there at 353 Jefferson were too high for them to keep on keeping on.
This was the replacement – Dick’s Last Resort. It lasted six months.
I can’t imagine locals going to 353 Jefferson for any kind of restaurant, and the tourists are probably heavier at the other end of the wharf, and the building is set back a ways from the sidewalk, so these can be challenges:
Who will try to make a go of it next at this cursed location?
What’s “A San Francisco Landmark?” – You’d Never Guess – Not Even with 100 Tries – Certainly, It’s BigMonday, January 12th, 2015
Here it is:
Here’s the answer:
In-N-Out Burger, Jefferson Street, Fishermans Wharf
(I saw the landmark part first and then looked up to see the sign.)
I’ll tell you, the In-N-Out is in no way a San Francisco Landmark.
(I wonder who signed off on this one?)
Google 2845 Leavenworth to get a Street View.
I guess In-N-Out wanted a big-ass sign and the “urbanists” didn’t want anything to mar the “character” of the Fish Wharf so it had to go half way up the block towards Beach?
Introducing the “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco – What It’s Like to Ride an Amphibious Vehicle on the BayMonday, July 14th, 2014
IMO, writer Tony Hicks has got things spot-on right here in the San Jose Mercury News:
I just took the media cruise for the new-ish “Sunset Duck Tour” from Ride the Ducks San Francisco – it starts at 7:30 PM.
Here’s Captain John:
Quacking away with people in another duck boat while passing by:
So that’s how things start in Fisherman’s Wharf. Then you begin a circuitous trip to the launch ramps down south of AT&T Park. I’ve never been up so high in an open vehicle, so this was a new experience, kind of like what I imagine the “hop-on hop-off” city bus tours are like.
So off you go, past the working part of Fisherman’s Wharf…
…past the Gary Danko (perennial No. 1 in the Bay Area for “Food, Service and Popularity” per Zagat)…
…through North Beach and on to Chinatown, where you look down upon the #30 Stocktons as you pass them by…
…and then through the tunnel to Union Square and then through SoMA to the launch area.
I gotta say that that was the touristy part of the tour, so check out Beth Spotswood’s take on that in the Tourist Trapped Culture Blog of the San Francisco Chronicle’s SFGate.com if you want more on that.
So finally you get to launch – it looks like this:
And then you’re slowly cruising the bay, albeit near to shore for the most part.
You might catch a little spray from the bay but most likely you won’t.
This riding-on-the-water part in a military-style vehicle with not all that much freeboard is an experience – I recommend it.
Then after puttering around on the water, you drive out of the water to take the Embarcadero back to the Wharf.
Interacting with happy passersby on the way home…
…while zipping past the historic F-Market streetcars:
These ducks look somewhat menacing at night, huh?
And there’s your trip:
So, you need to show up at least 15 minutes early to keep your reservation, I think.
And this tour can get quite cold and windy, needless to say.
If you want to see some more photos, there are some good ones on Yelp.
This was a great experience – I think it’d be good for tourists and locals alike.
Soles4Souls: OMG, 200+ U2 Concert Tickets to be Given Away on June 6 from 3-6 PM at Pier 39! Bring New ShoesThursday, June 2nd, 2011
I don’t exactly how all this will work, but StubHub will give away mad U2 concert tickets on Monday and you can score a pair yourself if you’re lucky and if you bring a pair of “new or gently used” shoes to donate.
It will look a little something like this out in front of the our Hard Rock Cafe.
(I can’t wait to bring over my nu shooz.)
Anyway, deets below.
See you there on Monday, and then if you’re lucky, on Tuesday, at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum at the U2 360 Tour!
“StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, recently launched its “Take Off Your Boots” campaign to collect shoes for the charity Soles4Souls, and is giving away free tickets to the U2 360° Tour. The campaign is coming to San Francisco on June 6, where at least 100 pairs of tickets to the June 7 U2 360° concert will be given away to those who donate!
The shoe collection takes place on June 6 from 3-6 p.m. at the Pier 39 Hard Rock Café in San Francisco. There is a limit of one pair of U2 tickets per person donating a pair of new or gently used shoes, while ticket supplies last – so be sure and get there early!
Last year, after U2 postponed their tour many fans who purchased tickets through StubHub could not commit to the rescheduled shows. With StubHub’s FanProtect Guarantee policy, these fans were able to return their tickets and receive their money back. Because it is StubHub’s policy not to resell tickets, these returned tickets are now being used to encourage charitable giving through the “Take Off Your Boots” campaign.
Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, collects shoes and distributes them to people in need. Since 2005, it has given more than 13 million pairs of new and gently worn shoes to people in over 125 countries.”
Can you see what Hooters Restaurant up on Jefferson looks like on a sunny day? Not too busy, based upon what the patio looks like on a beautiful Saturday during the lunch-time rush.
It’s a ghost town but with hot wings:
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Compare this somnolence with the In and Out Burger that’s right next door. Our sole IAO is rocking from the brunch hour to 1:00 AM or later on a daily basis. Not 24/7, but 17-7 anywho. The joint is always crowded is the point. They could use double the square footage.
So, what we ought to do is just make the Hooters smaller and then use the freed up space to allow more people to go In and Out.
*Or wait for it to get shut down, whichever. Suffer the Hooter Girl: “I thought I was going to make a lot of money and meet celebrities.” Indeed, didn’t we all. (And there’s some photojournalism for you, “c’mon, don’t smile, don’t smile, look sad, can I get a little more of a forlorn look from you two?” Cleeek. And exhale. That’s a wrap. Telling stories with pictures, Pulitzer here we come.)
Tonight’s Fourth of July fireworks show had a fairly high fog ceiling, so it would have to rate as better than average. Better than last year anyway, but not as good as 2007.
Here’s an excellent eight-second exposure of the northern waterfront show from Lafayette Park in Specific Whites Pacific Heights. Click to expand:
And here’s a real-time shot of the same show from Twin Peaks:
Everything is done double – that’s the way they do it. Here’s a double double:
But this is what happens when the fireworks get too high – you can only see the bottom halves sometimes due to the fog:
Let’s look across the Bay over at Sausalito. That’s USF in the foreground:
Now here are some illegal explosions in San Francisco. This was an impressive burst above the northern Mission district:
And here’s Mission Bay / Dogpatch with Alameda / Oakland in the background – very nice:
The Mission and points south all had lots of illegal fireworks booming:
Oh noes, it’s a flare, shooting high above Twin Peaks…
…and then landing somewhere in the Castro District:
And there you have it.
When they tell you “Fog could shroud S.F. fireworks” up in Fishermans Wharf at 9:30 PM on the Fourth of July 2009, what they really mean is Fog WILL shroud S.F. fireworks, barring some Act of God, or Gaia, or Whomever.
Sometimes the weather is good, sometimes not. This year, not.
Check it out from 2008. Click to expand:
This is by no means the worst case scenario. So when they talk about special low-level fireworks and let’s cross our fingers, they’re spinning. And spinning is just the polite term for lying. So, what do you do? Head on over to the Mission District, where they’ll have oodles of Yelp-rated, illegal, illicit, MUY PRO HI BI DA DO (now I say that in Spanish because that’s how exotic and not allowed it is) fireworks, fog-free, for free. Just check out this screen saver album from 2007.
Of course, you can always go with the flow and follow the madding crowd northward into la niebla, le brouillard. And who knows, maybe it will be clear the way it was in 2007. Thusly:
This is the view you had from Crissy Field on 7-4-2007 – those lights at the bottom have something to do with Fishermans Wharf.
But dude, don’t drive up there. Even if they didn’t block off the streets and you already had a parking space waiting for you, you’d still have to drive out of there in a traffic jam when the show’s over at 10:00 PM. Of course, you could always hang out at all the places that will be open up in the Wharf after the show, but maybe you’d be better off driving into the City with your bikes in tow and parking South of the 101 near the Giants’ AT&T Park. Then you could ride up the flat, flat Embarcadero (on the sidewalk – it’s legal) back and forth.
Can you dig the colors, man?
But if that doesn’t pan out, you could follow the cable cars on Hyde (that’s the one north-south street they don’t block off, in my experience) and drop off the brood. Whatever you do, stay off of Van Ness. Or you could BART it to the Embarcadero Station and then hoof it up to Pier 39. But forget about MUNI, ’cause walking would be faster.
And most likely it will be foggy anyway, you’ve been warned.
Dress warm. Panthers out.
Fourth of July Waterfront Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2009
1:00 PM to 9:30 PM
“PIER 39 invites you to enjoy a fun-filled Independence Day celebration. Rock out with ‘Take 2’ from 1-4pm followed by San Francisco’s favorite 80’s cover band, ‘Tainted Love’ from 6-9:30pm. Immediately after the entertainment look to the sky as the City of San Francisco lights up the night with it’s Firework’s Spectacular, accompanied by a musical simulcast from KISS FM 98.1. PIER 39 has the best viewing area on the bay! In addition, 39 of PIER 39’s businesses will remain open after the fireworks so that guests can miss the traffic, enjoy the PIER, have a drink, get a bite to eat, and shop. Click here for the list of locations open after the fireworks. Sponsored by Crystal Geyser ALPINE SPRING WATER, DeLoach Vineyards, Dreyer’s Grand Ice Cream, The San Francisco Examiner, Tawain Tourism and Asus.”