Posts Tagged ‘Metreon’

Ennui Overload: Two Cako Stores Right Across From Each Other at the Metreon Food Court – $3.50 for a Cupcake?

Friday, October 19th, 2012

I’ll tell you, I think San Francisco has had just about enough of the expensive cupcakes.

I’ll tell you, I think that these brand-new Cako outlets will not be with us for all that long.

Cako Creamery:

Cako Bakery:

Just saying…

Target, Beloved by Regular San Franciscans, Opens New Store October 14th – Gift Card Giveaways Until Then

Friday, September 28th, 2012

I’ll tell you, there are two kinds of San Franciscans:

1. People who know / care about who the current Mayor is; and

2. People who think the Mayor of San Francisco is still Gavin Newsom or Willie Brown or Dianne Feinstein*

A third of the first group welcomes the new City Target store, a third doesn’t care, and a third opposes this corporate chain-store invasion, man.

And the second group? They either don’t care or they welcome this store.

Golfing for Gift Cards and Bullseye doggie dolls:

*Which you know, isn’t too far from the truth, IRL.

(Oh, which of the two groups listed above is larger? The second one.)

I, for one, welcome our new corporate overlords.

As does Charlize Theron:

Feel free to continue shopping online until October 14th.

(And hey, where’s our Masonic and Geary Target, when’s that one coming?)

See you at the City Target on the Second Sunday of October 2012!

OMG, Lexus “Laws of Attraction” at City View Metreon – SF’s Party of the Year – World Premier of New LS 460 F Sport

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Now why did Lexus choose San Francisco, of all the cities of the world, as the place to debut its “Laws of Attraction” exhibit and to unveil it’s brand-new LS 460 F Sport model?

I don’t know, I guess we’re special.

Hey, look who was there, high atop the Metreon at City View:

It’s  the Stars of the Lexus Laws of Attraction Photo Exhibit as they pose with the 2013 Lexus LS: (left to right) Jonathan Adler, Simon Doonan, Devon Aoki, James Bailey, Jaime King, Kyle Newman, Brady Cunningham and Jason Schwartzman.

Man, this Monday night party was off the hook – I was transformed from an overweight Dell Jockey into an overweight Dell Jockey at the City View:

Oh, and what’s this just outside but four stories up, a Lexus supercar, the likes of which I’ve only seen once before? How did they get this halo vehicle to the roof of the Metreon? Crane, chopper, ramps, giant elevator? It’s a mystery:

(You can’t just buy one of these, Lexus has to invite you to buy this $400,000 car. There’s just 500 in the world, that’s it.)

The place was packed, hundreds and hundreds of party-goers were up there:

Oh, here we go, the moment of unveiling:

Do people take iPads to parties to take photos these days? People do:

See the photos behind the car? That was the point of this shindig, deets below:

A good time was had by all, all the dolled-up gals from the east and south bay and all the older dudes from Marin…

If you ever get invited to a free party hosted by Lexus, jump at the chance, is all I can say.

Get all the deets, see all the art photos of the couples, see the new, sportier Lexus, see the new “spindle” grill, see the less-luxurious, performance-oriented SPORT F sedan, see it all, right here and/or after the jump.


The Ever-So-Polite Security Guards of Metreon Tape Missives to Illegally Parked Bicycles – Park Near Jillian’s?

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Park your ride on stair railings at the new Metreon and this is what will happen – you’ll get a note like this taped on:

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Here’s your mise-en-scene with legally parked bikes in the foreground and illegally parked bikes in the background:

See them all? Every bike has a note. (How many reams of paper does the Metreon go through in a week?)

Obviously, there’s no more parking spaces left on the north side, Metreon.

Why not put this on your list of things to do, Metreon? More bike parking near Mission where it’ll get used…

ZOMG, October 16th, 2011 is Yerba Buena Family Day – Free Admission to SFMOMA – Thanks Target!

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

October 16th, 2011 will be on a Sunday so I’ll prolly be breakin’ in the malls, breakin’ on the streets, natchbut you, you’ve got kids, so you should head down to SoMA for Yerba Buena Family Day 2011.


“…San Francisco’s biggest daylong family block party with free admission, special art activities and free performances for children and families at the following venues within 1 or 2 blocks of each other in the Yerba Buena arts district at 3rd Street and Mission Street in downtown San Francisco.”

That means that Target will pick up the tab when you visit the SFMOMA, the Jew Mu, the MoAD and the Children’s Creativity Museum.

Hurray! (Hey Target, why are you taking so long to open down there in Metreon? Or for that matter, Geary and Masonic. C’mon, wiki wiki.)

 All right, see you and your fam there!

All the deets:


  • Be inspired by the exhibition Richard Serra Drawing: A Retrospective
  • Sketch, scribble, and squiggle your way through the wonderful world
    of drawing

Contemporary Jewish Museum

  • Marvel at Harry Houdini’s famous escape acts in the exhibition Houdini: Art and Magic
  • Thrill to a live performance by The Magic of Chin-Chin

Museum of the African Diaspora

  • Tour the exhibition COLLECTED: Stories of Acquisition and Reclamation
  • Make a memory box to take home, participate in a drumming workshop,
    and more

Children's Creativity Museum

  • Be among the first to experience the Museum’s freshly redesigned exhibits including the new Imagination Lab
  • Create clay animations, music videos, digital art, and more
  • Ride the historic carousel for free

Yerba Buena Gardens Festival

  • From hula dancers to taiko drummers, enjoy live performances on the
    Esplanade Stage in the Gardens from 11 AM – 3:30 PM
  • Delight in the clowning of Unique Derique and the grooves of the
    Venezuelan Music Project on the Children’s Stage near the Children’s
    Creativity Museum from 12 – 3 PM

True Harry Potter Fans Won’t Just Watch Tonight’s Midnight Showings, They’ll Also Catch the 3:30 AM Screening at Metreon

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

‘Cause, I don’t know, you’d have to be barking mad to stay up all night watching the final Harry Potter flick on Opening Day.


Remember, It All Ends July 15th!


Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Think the jobs estimate is even more inflated than normal for a Newsom-Lee administration press release (that “700 jobs” figure for the Metreon store by its lonesome sounds high – it should be 350, IIRC), but anyway…

One down and one to go.

All the deets below.

Metreon Project to Create 1,300 Jobs, Generate $4.4 Million Annually in Local Tax Revenue and Bring 20 New Businesses to SF

San Francisco, CA— Today Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Westfield Group and Target marked the start of major improvements to revitalize Metreon in downtown San Francisco. The project includes a new 85,000 square foot CityTarget store, a new “Dining Terrace” overlooking Yerba Buena Gardens, dozens of new retailers and eateries, and major improvements to the AMC Theatres and Westfield’s City View event space. The project is expected to create 600 construction and 700 permanent jobs, both with resident local hire goals of 50 percent. The Metreon project is projected to generate $15 million in tax revenue a year through sales and real estate taxes, with more than $4.4 million a year going to the City.

“This is the perfect example of smart redevelopment that works,” said Mayor Lee. “At a time when growing our economy is a top priority, the Metreon project will create hundreds of new jobs, generate millions in tax revenues, and will be the home of the City’s first Target Store. I am proud to kickoff the start of this significant project.”

Metreon is in the Yerba Buena Center Redevelopment Project Area, which was formed in 1966. The Redevelopment Project Area is now the City’s cultural, convention and shopping district, with signature features like the six-acre Yerba Buena Gardens, Moscone Convention Center, and world-class museums and hotels. More than 2,500 new residences have been built in the Yerba Buena Center Redevelopment Project Area, including approximately 1,400 affordable units for seniors.

“Working with our private and non-profit partners, the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency transformed this area into a thriving destination, a burgeoning neighborhood and an economic engine for San Francisco,” said San Francisco Redevelopment Agency Executive Director Fred Blackwell. “Metreon is an important anchor to the neighborhood’s long-term success.”

Metreon opened in 1999. In 2006, it was purchased by Westfield and Forest City and in 2010 Westfield acquired ownership from Forest City, and is investing $30 million in its revitalization.

“Westfield has always believed that the property could be re-imagined to be better integrated into the neighborhood. The enhancements will celebrate beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens, improve the visitor experience, and complement nearby cultural and entertainment activities. We believe in San Francisco, in this location and we are thrilled to get started,” said Westfield Regional Senior Vice President Antony Ritch. “Westfield is literally ‘throwing open the doors’ to beautiful Yerba Buena Gardens by integrating a new signature Dining Terrace and turning the tenants on the first floor toward the street, like most San Francisco buildings do to invite guests into the building. Dynamic new lighting, especially in the evening, will make Metreon a beacon to pedestrians.”

The new Metreon is nearly 100% leased, with more tenants to be announced in the months ahead.

The first floor will include local and regional food operators. The 470 seat Dining Terrace will feature three stories of glass facing Yerba Buena Gardens. Additional seats will be added along the park facing the exterior of Metreon. An active retail and dining promenade will be created along Mission Street and 4th Street. Street level and Dining Terrace tenants include: La Boulange Bakery; Best of Burger; Massage Envy; So Green Yogurt; Chipotle; San Francisco Soup; Mixt Green’s; Brandy Ho’s; Sorabol Korean BBQ; Firewood grill; Jillian’s (existing); Buckhorn Grill (existing); Sanraku (existing tenant). Additional retailers include: National University/San Francisco Campus; and, Chronicle Books (existing).

The second floor will be home to a new 85,000 square foot CityTarget store, which is a smaller version of a traditional Target store designed for urban markets. The store will feature a two-story glass entrance on Mission Street, which will take visitors directly into the new CityTarget and will offer a selection of merchandise tailored for city-dwellers, including fresh grocery offerings. San Francisco is one of a select group of major metropolitan areas with this new format store.

The third floor will be home to a re-modeled AMC Theatres and IMAX, with a new entrance and box office located at a new mid-Fourth Street entrance. AMC Theatres will remain open for business throughout the construction and revitalization of Metreon.

The fourth floor features the City View event space that is part of the renovation. City View is able to accommodate 2,000 guests in 30,000 square feet of special event space.

AMC Theatres, Jillian’s and Sanraku will remain open during construction. City View will open in September 2011. The first floor and Dining Terrace are scheduled to open early in 2012 and Target will open in late-2012.

About Westfield Group
The Westfield Group owns the building on land leased by the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency. Westfield is the largest retail landlord in the State of California, and also has a national and global presence, with 119 shopping centers in the United States, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Australia valued in excess of $58.2 billion, with approximately 23,900 retailers in 113 million square feet of retail space.

Here’s What You Do: Go See “Animal Kingdom” at the Red Vic on Haight Tonight

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Boy, you people really stayed away from this movie when it was released earlier this year. Oh well.

Anyway, the Red Vic is showing it today, so there you go.

This one is oppressive. Each of its 122 minutes is bleak, but you got to love the beginning (the first five minutes especially), the ending, and everything inbetwixt.

Well then, here’s the consensus: “With confident pacing, a smart script, and a top-notch cast, Animal Kingdom represents the best the Australian film industry has to offer.”

O.K. then. But now let’s hear from those who don’t like/love AK.

Here are the three people so far who didn’t cotton to Animal Kingdom:

Moving Pictures magazine. Granted, no one could miss the King of the Jungle lion metaphor. Maybe it’s a bit heavy-handed, but the movie only spends about 2% of its time on it and I liked the scene with the still photos of masked robbers and the one depicting the Outback as African savannah. And those rifles you saw were actually handguns.

The Village Voice. All right, but they’re his uncles, not his cousins. Pay attention, dude.

Slant magazine. So, if you didn’t like the “laughably operatic slow-mo and portentous orchestral music” I can see how that could ruin this picture for you, but I didn’t find it laughable at all. And, by the way, where’s your Sundance Grand Jury Award, pal? O.K then.

Anyway, everybody else in the world thinks this film is excellent.

“Electric Cars are Gay” – This Line was Pulled from the Trailer of Ron Howard’s New Movie, But Not in San Francisco

Monday, November 1st, 2010

Actor Vince Vaughn plays an engine designer in Ron Howard’s upcoming film called The Dilemma, O.K. fine. But people are upset at the following line, uttered when the Vince Vaughn character makes a pitch to a car company:

Electric cars are gay. I mean not homosexual gay, but, you know, my-parents-are-chaperoning-the-dance gay.”

Well, GLAAD wasn’t happy about that, so Universal Pictures yanked these lines from the trailer promoting the movie.

Except in San Francisco, where they didn’t. So, the Metreon Theatre, as of yesterday, still uses the original trailer with the offending line intact.

So much for the promises of Hollywood…

A non-gay electric car in the Castro District:

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And speaking of broken promises coming out of Tinseltown, when are they going to get around to fixing the steps of Alta Plaza, you know, the ones that got damaged during the filming of What’s Up, Doc back in the 1970’s?

Maybe someday.