Posts Tagged ‘lunch’

Art Meets Commerce: The Colorful Corner of Haight and Clayton Celebrates the Year 1967, Urges Purchase of $14 Tourist Burgers

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I wish to declare Burger Urge, of 1599 Haight Street, a tourist trap.

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Vox populi:

2.5 Yelp stars – ouch:

“It was one thing to charge 9-10 dollars for a mediocre burger and another to charge 2 dollars more just to put a slice of cheese on a regular burger, but now some burgers are 13.99?! NO fries, no sides? no sides? It’s an average burger  and absolutely not worth the huge spike in prices. I hope the tourists enjoy wasting their Euros and Yen.  $13.99? Utter rip off. Get a delicious sandwich across the way at Haight Street Market for $6.50 instead.”

Facebook:

“McDonalds – which is full of crackheads – is a better dining value.”

The People have spoken.

OMG, EAT Club is Here! – “SF’s Best Eateries On One Bus” – Another “Innovative E-Commerce Service?”

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

The First Rule of EAT Club is DON’T TALK ABOUT EAT CLUB.

The Second Rule of EAT Club is DON’T TALK ABOUT EAT CLUB.

But I digress.

There I was in the Financh all set to “welcome” yet another a new corporate shuttle to the ‘hood, you know, with the two-inch main blade of my Victorinox Swiss Champ right into the sidewalls of the rear tires when I discovered that it’s actually some sort of food delivery bus.

Then I didn’t know what to do.

Jay Barmann of Grub Street has the deets on this Big New Thing.

As seen yesterday in the 94111:

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“EAT Club Eats up the Valley - Announces $5 Million Series A Funding Led by August Capital

SAN FRANCISCO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–EAT Club, a leading food tech company that brings delicious lunches to professionals, announced today that it has raised a $5 million Series A funding led by August Capital with participation from First Round Capital, Siemer Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Launch Capital, Tekton Ventures, Mark Vadon (Co-Founder of Blue Nile & Zulily) and angel investors. Howard Hartenbaum of August Capital joins Rob Hayes of First Round Capital on the Company’s Board of Directors. First Round Capital led the Company’s Seed Financing in 2011.

EAT Club is an innovative ecommerce service that presents an always-changing daily assortment of lunches to its members via its website and mobile services. Members who order lunch enjoy a freshly prepared restaurant meal, delivered to their office between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., without the issues of a minimum order size or food not showing up on time. EAT Club merges technology with an exclusive network of quality restaurant partners to create a curated, convenient experience for members, while providing restaurants with a profitable new revenue stream and significant consumer exposure. EAT Club delivers to over 1,500 California Bay Area companies and powers corporate lunch programs and group meetings for customers like Chegg, Bloomreach, Gunderson Dettmer, and IMVU.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for EAT Club. We’ve built a product that our members love, have an amazing group of people, and that is translating into very fast growth. We’ve been experiencing consistent double-digit month-over-month growth,” said Frank Han, EAT Club’s CEO. “With this funding, we will more aggressively pursue our vision of making great food available and accessible to people everywhere. What we’ve done so far is just the beginning.”

Leading the financing round, August Capital Partner Howard Hartenbaum believes that EAT Club’s Internet-based logistics technology is tackling a growing lunch problem that affects more than 70 million professionals by helping them get a wide selection of healthy and tasty foods at work without needing to plan ahead. “EAT Club fuses technology to capitalize on untapped restaurant inventory and real-time member reviews and feedback to create a product that is simply awesome. Employees are no longer forced to eat a catered selection they didn’t want, now each employee can select their individual EAT Club choice each day.”

About EAT Club

EAT Club is a leading food tech company that makes lunch fun, exciting, delicious and super easy. EAT Club’s unique concept allows members to choose handpicked lunches that fit their lifestyles and receive their lunch by 12:30 p.m. Founded in 2010 by Kevin Yang and Rodrigo Santibanez as Stanford Graduate Students, EAT Club currently delivers lunches to more than 1,500 companies in the California Bay Area. For more information, visit www.myeatclub.com. EAT Club has received funding from August Capital, First Round Capital, Siemer Ventures, Great Oaks Venture Capital, Launch Capital, Tekton Ventures, Mark Vadon (Co-Founder of Blue Nile & Zulily) along with angel investors.

Contacts

SS|PR for EAT Club
Tony Keller, 312-759-0858
SVP
tkeller@sspr.com

Daily lunch at the office can be a hassle. It’s time-consuming, repetitive, and potentially unhealthy and expensive if you’re pressed for time. At the same time, there are all these great restaurants in the neighborhood, but driving there would take too much time.

Fortunately, EAT Club is here to make daily lunch delicious, convenient, and affordable. Just visit myeatclub.com, choose from a rotating set of featured restaurants and healthy daily options, and your food shows up by 12:30 like magic.

Join fellow office workers at over 2,000 other companies like Sony, Shutterfly, and Kaiser Permanente and discover affordable and reliable lunch delivery.

We created EAT Club to address a frustration we personally felt as busy office workers, that there were no convenient, delicious, and affordable lunch options available to us. At Kevin’s last job, the only quick options were the uninspired deli in the basement and the McDonalds down the street. More than once, he resorted to raiding the vending machine.

While there were good restaurants within driving distance, it was hard to get in a car for lunch without losing an hour out of the day. Kevin and his colleagues looked into lunch delivery a couple times, but found that the minimum orders and unreliable service made it too expensive and cumbersome for daily use.

It was based on this personal experience that we decided to combine a love of good affordable food, novel use of technology and data, and a commitment to consistent service to make lunch delivery an attractive option for all our fellow office workers out there.

You can order one lunch for yourself or a hundred lunches for your company. Sign up for free, order your first lunch and start believing.

Kevin and Rodrigo
EAT Club Founders

Frank Han, CEO

As CEO, Frank is helping EAT Club change how people eat lunch at work. Frank is a long-time eCommerce industry leader. Prior to joining EAT Club, Frank was CEO of Swoopo.com, the innovative inventor and leader of pay-per-bid auctions. He was founder and CEO of Glimpse.com, a fashion shopping portal that was sold to TheFind. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and General Manager of HSN.com, the online business of the Home Shopping Network, where he drove growth to over $350 million in annual revenue by embracing HSN’s multi-channel opportunity. In 1996, Frank cofounded eToys.com, the pioneering online retailer that grew from zero to over $200 million in revenue and IPO’ed in 1999. He served as COO and SVP of Product Development.

Frank earned his MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his BS from Yale University.

Kevin Yang, Co-Founder

Kevin is an experimental cooking enthusiast and low-key restaurant connoisseur. To support these hobbies, he has held odd jobs throughout the years, including stints in management consulting, venture capital, computational biology research, and classical Chinese translation. His qualifications to be a lunch delivery guy include an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Harvard.

Rodrigo Santibanez, Co-Founder

Rodrigo’s adventurous appetite has given him an extended food curriculum, ranging from traditional recipes to the most exotic dishes from around the world. He developed a crazy appetite for spicy food while growing up in southern Mexico. His background as a Finance Analyst taught him the most efficient methods of ordering food in late office hours, and his experience at a consumer goods company in Italy refined his taste for Neapolitan cuisine. Rodrigo studied his MBA at Stanford University, where he enjoyed the amusing results of mixing Asian, Indian and Latin American cuisines in the same student dormitory.

Press

Investors

  • First Round Capital
  • Lightspeed Venture Partners
  • Launch Capital
  • Siemer Ventures
  • Tekton Ventures
  • Brian Lee (founder of ShoeDazzle and LegalZoom)
  • Niren Hiro (AdMob)
  • Aki Sano (Founder of Cookpad)
  • Michael Kinsbergen (CEO of Nedstat, acquired by comScore)

Know Your Financial District Buskers: Amplified Guitar Man – Which is Better, With Shirt or Without?

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

Here’s the morning time at California and Sansome:

And here’s the same dude, still going, hours later during lunch:

Hurray! Hurray for Amplified Guitar Man.

Attention: Walmart is Coming, Walmart is Coming, Walmart is Coming to San Francisco, Sooner or Later – Here’s Why

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

They’re still laying the groundwork.

They’ve been working on this for years.

They’re coming.

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A Short Visit to the New SoMA StreatFood Park at 11th and Harrison: Food Trucks, Food Trucks, Food Trucks!

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Well, here’s the new SoMA Streatfood Park, betwixt the I-beams of the Central Freeway (near the western terminus of I-80) and Store #144, America’s First Urban Costco.

I guess I passed through the place early – it looked like a ghost town when I was there.

But the Yelpers, well, they love it.

As does Amanda Gold. And the Wall Street Journal reminds us that the SFP is just a short “stroll” from the $3.2 million penthouse at 9 Bernice.

And, oh, KQED’s Jenny Oh offers her photos and impressions here.

Say cheese!

The entrance at 428 11th:

Les mise-en-scene – reminds me of the spare vehicle lot / junkyard of Veterans Cab Co, which is what this place used to be. Instead of busted Plymouth Gran Furies we now have food trucks:

Open-air communal dining, redolent of the Main Pavilion at Jonestown:

Ah, here are the trees on Division shown in the plans. All this new activity has chased away the under-the-freeway stolen bicycle fences all the way to….

…just across Division Street:

Now, speaking of parking, here’s what you’ll see across the street from the main entrance: “PARKING IS FOR COSTCO SHOPPERS ONLY – Violators Will Be Towed”

So, you’ve been warned.

I don’t know, I’m sure it was a royal PITA to get the SFP up and running. And I know that the gestation period for this new baby was longer than a rhino’s, but of course a lot of that had to do with setting up the handicapped-accessible bathrooms and the pavillion and whatnot.

What I don’t know is how things will shake out for the SFP over the next year or two. This could be a case of a K-selection strategy in an r-selection environment.

We’ll see.

M-F: 11 AM to 3 PM and 5 PM to 10 PM

Weekends: 11 AM to 10 PM

People on the street eating chicken and meat
People eating pork with a knife and a fork

Wasp Salad Being Served Up in San Francisco’s Financial District This Week – How Did This Happen?

Friday, April 27th, 2012

Alls I know is that this poor little critter came along with the salad from an area lunch purveyor. (IOW, it didn’t hop in later on.)

This kind of thing is new on me:

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Poor little feller…

The New SoMA StrEAT Food Park is “COMING SOON!” – Slowly But Surely – A Food-Truck Meeting Place Near the Costco

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

The SoMA StrEAT Food Park will be opening soon, or so they say.

Here’s how things look at the old location of Veteran’s Cab just across the street from America’s First Urban Costco:

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Let’s hope the food truck fad doesn’t end before an existing parking lot can open up as a parking lot…

San Francisco’s Penthouse Club and Steakhouse on Broadway: It’s Happening, Man – It’s Finally Happening – Soft Open Soon

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

As you can see, our newest high-end steakhouse is a hub of activity – this one’s going to go.

Deets below.

Expect to see Jenna Rose and Sabrina Maree on March 15, 2012, if you pay $25 for a ticket.

Ooh, classy, and about the cleanest exterior of any building on Broadway in North Beach or C-Town:

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(Uh, will there really be bachelorette parties here, for real? Only time will tell…)

All the deets:

The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, the much-anticipated new luxury gentlemen’s club in San Franciscowill host its Grand Opening celebration March 15-17, 2012 with gorgeous guest stars from the pages of Penthouse Magazine. Located at 412 Broadway in the historic North Beach district, the 15,000 square foot space has received multimillion dollar renovation to create a San Francisco adult entertainment venue of unparalleled style and elegance in the city.

In addition to the captivating Penthouse Key Girls, the Grand Opening night on Thursday, March 15 will feature special guest appearances by Penthouse Magazine’s 2012 Pet of the Year, the incomparable Miss Jenna Rose, and the sensational Miss Sabrina Maree, Penthouse Pet for December 2010.

The moment guests step into the sleek black granite foyer of The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, they’ll be dazzled by the opulent interior created by internationally acclaimed nightclub designer David Chesal. As they’re ushered past a glowing 20’ video wall into the main showroom downstairs, the sweeping vista includes two stages, two levels of seating, an expansive bar and the largest Champagne Display in Northern California. They’ll also have a glimpse of the entertainment going on above through a unique keyhole ceiling and cantilevered glass stage.

The rich, comfortable interior is enhanced by the most awe-inspiring and technically advanced LED lighting available. Upstairs is yet another stage, an intimate 40-seat dining room with curtained booths, a private area for groups and bachelor/bachelorette parties, as well as deluxe Champagne rooms and exclusive VIP areas.

Independently owned and operated, The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse will be open 7 days a week. Serving lunch and dinner, guests will be able to enjoy premium spirits and rare reserve wines, and select from the tempting classic American steakhouse menu. The 4-star fine dining will be available throughout the entire venue.

“In terms of style, service, and sophistication, we’ve created The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse to be San Francisco’s most exciting and luxurious destination for the very finest in live adult entertainment,” said General Manager Glenn Prime.

A limited number of advanced tickets for the Grand Opening events are available by visitinghttp://www.penthousesf.com.

For more information or to arrange an interview with a representative of Penthouse Club and Steakhouse San Francisco, please contact Kevin Sanchez at Hollenbeck Associates at (415) 227-1150 ext 110.

About Penthouse Club and Steakhouse San Francisco
The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, opening in 2012, will take upscale adult nightlife in San Francisco to a new level with 15,000 square feet of pure luxury. Featuring the top exotic dancers from around the country, the Club will combine the best in San Francisco adult entertainment with some of the finest dining in the City—including mouthwatering steaks, seafood, and pastas made from the highest quality ingredients.

It’s Official: Our High-End Penthouse Club & Steakhouse on Broadway Will Have Its Grand Opening on March 15 – But a Soft Opening Before Then

Monday, February 27th, 2012

See?

Expect to see Jenna Rose and Sabrina Maree on March 15, 2012, if you pay $25 for a ticket.

Ooh, classy, and about the cleanest exterior of any building on Broadway in North Beach or C-Town:

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(Uh, will there really be bachelorette parties here, for real? Only time will tell…)

All the deets:

The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, the much-anticipated new luxury gentlemen’s club in San Franciscowill host its Grand Opening celebration March 15-17, 2012 with gorgeous guest stars from the pages of Penthouse Magazine. Located at 412 Broadway in the historic North Beach district, the 15,000 square foot space has received multimillion dollar renovation to create a San Francisco adult entertainment venue of unparalleled style and elegance in the city.

In addition to the captivating Penthouse Key Girls, the Grand Opening night on Thursday, March 15 will feature special guest appearances by Penthouse Magazine’s 2012 Pet of the Year, the incomparable Miss Jenna Rose, and the sensational Miss Sabrina Maree, Penthouse Pet for December 2010.

The moment guests step into the sleek black granite foyer of The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, they’ll be dazzled by the opulent interior created by internationally acclaimed nightclub designer David Chesal. As they’re ushered past a glowing 20’ video wall into the main showroom downstairs, the sweeping vista includes two stages, two levels of seating, an expansive bar and the largest Champagne Display in Northern California. They’ll also have a glimpse of the entertainment going on above through a unique keyhole ceiling and cantilevered glass stage.

The rich, comfortable interior is enhanced by the most awe-inspiring and technically advanced LED lighting available. Upstairs is yet another stage, an intimate 40-seat dining room with curtained booths, a private area for groups and bachelor/bachelorette parties, as well as deluxe Champagne rooms and exclusive VIP areas.

Independently owned and operated, The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse will be open 7 days a week. Serving lunch and dinner, guests will be able to enjoy premium spirits and rare reserve wines, and select from the tempting classic American steakhouse menu. The 4-star fine dining will be available throughout the entire venue.

“In terms of style, service, and sophistication, we’ve created The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse to be San Francisco’s most exciting and luxurious destination for the very finest in live adult entertainment,” said General Manager Glenn Prime.

A limited number of advanced tickets for the Grand Opening events are available by visitinghttp://www.penthousesf.com.

For more information or to arrange an interview with a representative of Penthouse Club and Steakhouse San Francisco, please contact Kevin Sanchez at Hollenbeck Associates at (415) 227-1150 ext 110.

About Penthouse Club and Steakhouse San Francisco
The Penthouse Club and Steakhouse, opening in 2012, will take upscale adult nightlife in San Francisco to a new level with 15,000 square feet of pure luxury. Featuring the top exotic dancers from around the country, the Club will combine the best in San Francisco adult entertainment with some of the finest dining in the City—including mouthwatering steaks, seafood, and pastas made from the highest quality ingredients.

OMG, OMG, OMG: Via ScoutMob, Free Sandwiches From Ike’s Place in the Castro District!

Monday, November 7th, 2011

OMG, this is it. [Cue O Fortuna]

It’s the fourth anniversary of obscenely-highly-regarded Ike’s Place, so ScoutMob has a free sandwich deal for you.

You can’t beat that.

(I guess Ike won that NIMBY war after all. Good for him.)

Anyway, enjoy.

Count of Monte Chase-O Fortune,
like the moon
you are changeable,
always waxing
or waning;
hateful NIMBYs
first oppress
and then soothe
as fancy takes it;
poverty
and power
but Hot Momma Huda
melts them like ice.

Fate – monstrous
and empty,
you whirling wheel,
stand malevolent,
well-being is vain
and always fades to nothing,
shadowed
and veiled
you plague Ike Shehadeh too;
now through trickery,
I bring my bare back
to your NIMBY villainy.

Fate, in health
and in virtue,
is against me,
driven on
and weighted down,
always enslaved.
So at this hour
without delay
pluck the vibrating string;
since Fate
strikes down the strong man,
everyone weep with me
Mayoose’s CA-BLT