Posts Tagged ‘Montgomery’

A Quarter-Century of “Centerfolds,” the Former “High Class,” “Fine Dining” Strip Club at Broadway and Montgomery in North Beach

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Let’s see if I can remember from the pre-Internet days. So Centerfolds here at Broadway & Montgomery was supposed to be an “upscale dining” strip club. The cover charge was $20. IIRC, there had to be a “centerfold” stripper there on a daily basis, that was the rule. But I think it could be pretty much from any kind of publication, so a Miss January 1989 from Australian Playboy would qualify. And then the featured centerfold model would get put up at the Jack Tar / Cathedral Hill Hotel at Geary Van Ness. I bumped into a couple of them in the lobby, I’m srsly.

Anyway, it seemed like a crazy idea for Frisco, and the original concept didn’t last that long oh well. (See if you can find anybody reviewing the food on Yelp these days.) Here it is:

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The oldest reference I can find:

1993: “Centerfolds, the upscale restaurant and bar that features topless dancers and a different Penthouse centerfold model each week, is putting the talents of French-born food and beverage director Pierre Bleuse to good use. Continuing its efforts to set itself apart from the seedy topless venues on Bawdyway, Centerfolds has good food and now a pretty decent wine list.”

But that was then and this is now.

Sic transit gloria Frisco…

Speaking of which, back in 2009 my bud from school wanted me to help him break into the shut down Cathedral Hill Hotel to find whichever room was used in The Conversation film from 1974. I declined. Anyway, enjoy:

The “Faceless Rooftop Wraiths” of 580 California

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016

It’s 580 California in front of the BofA Building:

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SF Loses Yet Another McDonalds, This Time at the Base of One of the Chevron Towers Near 2nd and Market – Whither Frisco’s McDonaldses?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

First at 441 Pine


And then at Golden Gate and Van Ness:

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And now at Market Center:

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When will the next domino fall?

“Hi San Francisco!” – The New TargetExpress Store at Bush and Sansome Looks Pretty Sweet

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

I don’t know, do you care about stores ‘n stuff?

Here it is:

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I thought it would be like a convenience store, but no they sell cell phones and tablets and all kinds of stuff.

Big, in’nt it?

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Now, here are your Tar-zhays, in order of size, as best I can figure:





All right, see you there!

Forget About Those “CityTarget” Stores, an Even Smaller “TargetExpress” Opens March 9th at Bush and Sansome – Oh, They’re Hiring

Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Here’s the signage:

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And here’s the samwich board on Bush, offering jobs:

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And here’s the interior, so far:

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Poor Walgreen’s!

Poor CVS!

Bienvenido a San Francisco, TargetExpress

All the deets:

Target to Open Smaller-Format Stores in San Francisco’s Financial District and Berkeley – New TargetExpress Stores Customize Guest Experience


Target Corp. (NYSE: TGT) today announced plans to open two new TargetExpress stores in San Francisco’s Financial District and Berkeley, Calif., in March 2015. Target’s first TargetExpress store opened this year in Minneapolis, and the San Francisco-area stores will mark the first time Target is expanding this format outside the Minneapolis area.

The San Francisco store will be approximately 18,000 square feet and located at the southwest corner of Bush Street and Sansome Street, next to the Montgomery BART station, in the heart of the financial district. The Berkeley store will be approximately 12,000 square feet and located at the southeast corner of Shattuck Avenue and Allston Way, next to the Downtown Berkeley BART station, near the main entrance to the University of California, Berkeley.

“From listening to our guests at the two San Francisco CityTarget stores, we know the smaller format of TargetExpress will fit right into the busy San Francisco Bay Area lifestyle and enable us to cater to each community’s needs,” said Kamau Witherspoon, senior director, Store Operations, Target.

Target store teams have spent time understanding each local community to determine the right merchandise mix for each store, so both TargetExpress locations will be customized to fit the individual needs of the surrounding neighborhoods. For example, the Bush Street store will feature a large grab-and-go area with sandwiches, salads, breakfast items like yogurt and mid-day snacks for busy commuters on the go. The store will also include a Starbucks and select items from Target’s Made to Matter collection, which features products from San Francisco Bay Area companies like Annies, Yes To and Method.

The Berkeley store will offer a large selection of grocery items, including produce, dairy, frozen, snacks and beverages to serve the students, commuters and residents of Berkeley. Additionally, both new TargetExpress stores will be stocked with essentials in home, beauty and electronics, including a robust assortment of Target’s owned brands. The stores will also include Target’s popular pick-up-in-store service and a pharmacy.

Target opened the first TargetExpress in Minneapolis in July, and has announced plans to open one in the Highland Park area of St. Paul, Minn. in 2015. A third San Francisco Bay Area TargetExpress will also open in 2015, with a location to be announced in the coming months.

About Target

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,925 stores – 1,795 in the United States and 130 in Canada – and at Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

Remembering the McDonalds in the Financial District that Shut Down in 2012: 441 Pine Near Montgomery

Thursday, June 26th, 2014

I’ve never heard of a McDonalds store simply closing down, but this one did back in aught-twelve

One supposes it was just a bad place for a McDonalds…

Oh No, a Segway Personal Transporter Stolen from the Financial District! Famous Alex Clemens Loses His Famous Ride

Friday, January 31st, 2014

So this is famous Alex Clemens on the job, wonking away about Ranked Choice Voting and politics:

And this is famous Alex Clemens getting to his job, on an old-school Segway Personal Transporter Classic:

You can see dude all over town on this thing. He’s been segwaying for a long time now

But no longer.

His trusty Segway was boosted last night in the Financial District. Here’s the Tweet to the SFPD about it:

Alex Clemens ‏@alexclemens12h “This is probably unusual. My Segway was stolen from the corner of Montgomery and Clay between 5:30 and 6p. So that happened.”
I’ll tell you, 165 years ago, felons were stealing horses off of Monty and now they’re stealing Segways. That’s progress for you…

Here’s Why Mercedes Drivers Use the Bus Lane on Montgomery in the Financh – High Reward, Low Risk

Thursday, June 6th, 2013

Let’s take a look up Bush Street from Sansome to see what it’s like during the evening drive.

It can start pretty early – look at the shadows:

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It’s not gridlock, but it’s very slow. Drivers make it one or two car lengths per light cycle.

Starting on Bush to get to 1st Street to get to the coveted Bay Bridge on-ramp can take more than a half-hour.

Now what some people in this situation do is say this is ridiculous and then find another way to the bridge. They substitute

Others just stew in their rides – some of these people enjoy honking, you know, as an outlet.

And there’s yet another option.

You can just use the little-used left turn lane after Montgomery and then, and this is key, go straight through the intersection at Sansome to use the BUS TAXI ONLY lane to pass all those su


Now it seems that drivers would get ticketed for this maneuver, but I’ve never seen it happen.

(Cops hate traffic more than you do, so they never hang out here. Come to think of it, I don’t see too many buses or taxis using this special lane either. And I don’t think any forward-facing cameras on any SFMTA vehicle can get you neither)

Of course, then you gotta make it another four arduous blocks to the bridge, oh well.

But otherwise, this is the perfect crime.


Women Working Above a “MEN WORKING ABOVE” Sign on Montgomery Street – Isn’t It Ironic?

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Dont’cha think?

Surprised signs like this are still around:

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Financial District Nazgul – The Freakiest Thing You’ll Ever See in the 94104 – “Faceless Rooftop Wraiths”

Friday, January 18th, 2013

Twelve feet tall they are:

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