Posts Tagged ‘reopening’

OMG, It’s the Great H&M Union Square Grand RE-Opening – A Second Bite at the Apple, Dec. 5th, 9:30 AM

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

I remember when this store opened for the first time.* It was a big deal.

We’re re-opening one of your favorite stores!

Join us on December 5th at 9:30 AM for the launch of our brand new store on Powell Street in San Francisco, CA. 

If you’re one of the first 200 shoppers in line then you will receive an all access fashion pass valued up to $300 off your entire purchase. 

Get ready to do some serious shopping to our in-store DJ spinning all the latest hits!”

*Some dude on Craigslist offered an invitation to the VIP preview party in exchange for a sexual favor or two – girls only! GIRLS ONLY! It was in the oughts, a more innocent time

An Oldie But a Goodie: The Store Formerly Known as “T&A Market” on Market Outlasts an Actual T&A Market Next Door

Friday, June 14th, 2013

Click here to see how things were in 2010, before the time certain people realized the meaning of “T & A.”

And this is how things are today in 2013:

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You gotta figure the world-famous Market Street Cinema isn’t coming back anytime soon considering its URL has been sold off.

And I worry.

I worry about Mercedes, Porsche, Lexus, and Ferrari, among others.

How will they pay for business school now?

“14 reviewsRating Details

Category: Adult Entertainment  [Edit]

1077 Market St
(between Jones St & Golden Gate Ave) 
San Francisco, CA 94103
Neighborhood: SoMa

(415) 861-2727

What we found out was, as long as you drop a lot of cash, ANYTHING goes in this place. ANYTHING. Once you’re in the “Members Only Lounge”, it’s a whole new world. Yup, Chris Rock obviously had never been to Market Street Cinema, because…yeah. Even the stripper was real with us, she was like, “You can call this a whorehouse, or a party house, or whatever, but guys come in here and spend thousands of dollars, so, we’re still here.” I doesn’t get more real than that.

Yelp Fraud: New Stow Lake Boathouse a Huge Success in Golden Gate Park, But Old Regime Just Can’t Let Go

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011

[UPDATE: Bagdad by the Bay just looked into things.]

Well, everything’s going great at your new and improved yet-pretty-much-the-same-except-for-the-food Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden Gate Park.

Here’s what it looks like these days:

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Just check the Yelp for early reviews. They’re almost all highly positive.*

But what’s this? Some “brother” from Oakland, “Les. L,” is not happy, not one bit! He’s the only Yelper giving a less than positive review.

I’ll allege that Les is not some youngish dude from Oakland, but rather a wealthy, white, preservationist-minded, NIMBY-mentalitied, real-estate-obsessed, highly-opinionated woman of a certain age who lives in the West Bay.

Let’s check it out her one-star report:

“What happened to the cool local people that worked there?”

Um, this is an improbable start to a Yelp review. Gee, maybe they busy themselves with sock puppetry on Yelp these days, just like you, “Les L?”

“Everyone we saw was white, which is weird for SF. We drove over from the East Bay to rent boats with my 2 kids and my mom.”

Oh what’s that, Les? There’s not enough flava for you over here in the West Bay? That’s funny? Did you know that all the people behind the old boat house and the Save the Boat House Coalition are white, or pretty much? What were you expecting?

“The kids couldn’t reach the pedals in the boat we rented. How’s that? It’s for kids, right?”

The old boats, the ones sold off for $500, maybe they were inappropriate for adults? Maybe the kids can just come along for the ride? A paddleboat is a paddleboat, pretty much.

“After a unhappy boatride, my mom tripped on the crappy stairs in front of the boathouse. She was bleeding, the kids were crying, and no one bothered to help us.”

What were you unhappy about, Les? That Bruce lost his lease? It happens. Or you were unhappy because there were too many Whities about?

“An old man sitting on a bench helped us and said the boathouse was just taken over by a New Mexico chain. We won’t be back.”

More improbability. Oh well.

Oddly, Les L., straight outta Oak-Town, also has a big beef with Chicago Title Co. in lily-white Campbell, CA, the wealthiest(?) part of the South Bay.

And, oddly, “his” dentist, with whom “he” also has a big beef, is clear all the way in the burbs of the West Bay.

On It Goes…

*Perhaps too positive. “Ashley c.” is a another one of those Yelp fraudsters, it would appear.

Stow Lake Boathouse Update: Open for Business – New Paint, Slow Pace, Room for Old People – Photos

Friday, October 14th, 2011

Well, lots of things are pretty much the same these days at the Stow Lake Boathouse, which was reopened by the new tenant on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011.

See? 

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Check the new photo gallery – it’s quite complete.

But, here’s something new. It’s a sign in honor of boathouse founder Mr. Cal Tilden & the McLellan* Family, 1946-2011:

(Quite civil to post this sign, if you ask me.)

Get more deets via Aaron Sankin - here’s Huffington Post San Francisco going long-form on this issue: Stow Lake Boathouse Fight: A Battle For the Soul Of Golden Gate Park. Or there’s this here, if you want to click through the lengthy history over the prior months and years…

Le mise-en-scene:

If anything, the pace of life is even slower than that of the era of the prior tenant. Nobody’s hurried at all. And there’s more room, more benches for “old people” to lollygag about.

And here’s your new Boathouse Dog, which is from a better supplier and which is being sold at a cheaper price:

Yes, pink popcorn from Wright’s:

All the players:

And what’s this, new paint, finally, after all these years? These guys started working on Wednesday:

So there you have it.

*Yes, that’s a rapping raven, a confabulating corvid at the end of the first video, calling for a boycott of the boathouse.

Presenting Your Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe “Restoration Time” Menu: $3.25 Hot Dogs, $6.95 Sustainable Tuna Salads

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

At long last, it’s here. It’s the interim menu for our Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe.

Is this menu too foo-foo yuppie for you? Is $3.25* too much for a Let’s Be Frank grass-fed beef** hot dog?

As always, You Make The Call: 

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*Well, I’ll tell you, that’s cheaper than what the former tenant was charging. Here’s some more from the clinically-absurd SaveStowLake.org crowd:

“Seniors will no longer be able to gather freely at the boathouse. Prices will be more than doubled on all food items. Middle class and low-income families will be driven out of this spot that is designed to be for all…not just the wealthy.”

I’ll tell you, everything that the Save Stow Lake people have predicted has turned out to be shrill, alarmist bullcrap. JMO.

** These snappy dogs are loaded with flavor, not junk! Using premium cuts from cattle raised on pasture in California (naturally high in healthy Omega 3 fatty acids!) and organic spices, we’ve crafted a delicious dog that’s lower in fat, calories and sodium than conventional franks. No nitrites, nitrates, hormones, or antibiotics, ever.”

It’s Official: The Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe Will Open Wednesday – And Here are the New Boats

Monday, October 10th, 2011

[UPDATE: Rachel Gordon has the deets of Opening Day right here.]

I don’t know, if I had an expired lease with the City and County of San Francisco and they asked me to leave by a certain date, I think I’d leave by that date. But the former tenant at the Stow Lake Boathouse doesn’t roll that way, so he kept on running the place, overstaying his lease, defending an eviction action through the drier $pring and $ummery tourism months. The result is that the new tenant is taking over in Autumn, in the rain. O.K., did that help San Francisco? No.

Also, the old tenant charged $25 per hour for paddleboats and $20 for rowboats until he got caught, even though the contracted rate was for $20 and $15 per hour. O.K., did that help San Francisco? No.

Oh, and the workers for the former tenants left little surprises for the new tenants haha. O.K., did that help San Francisco? No.

Oh, and the trial pitting the former tenant against all of us is skedded for March 2012.

Moving on…

Your new Stow Lake Boathouse & Cafe will open on Wednesday, October 12th, 2011, rain or shine, boats and food. It’s official ‘n stuff.

Meet your new fleet:

1. Electric boat – lead-acid type batteries, like from Your Father’s Oldsmobile;

2. Paddleboat – Captain and First Officer/Stoker facing forward with two passengers facing rearward;

3. Rowboat

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And actually, the forecast is for Cloudless Skies on Wednesday, so you’ll be richly rewarded if you skip out of work to see the soft opening.

See you there!

Rain Delay: Our New Stow Lake Boathouse and Cafe Won’t Be Opening This Week – How About Next Week?

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Well, it seems that rain has delayed the planned quick fixes to our historic Stow Lake Boathouse, so don’t expect it to open by the promised October 6th deadline. The place is a ghost town right now.

Oh, and there were a few unanticipated electrical issues in the kitchen too.

Oh, and a little while back there was a hole in the Stow Lake levy that cropped up right near the boathouse during the long-planned repaving job for, among other places, the Stow Lake area and a good section of JFK.

Oh, and the swan boats, well, you’re going to have start a petition to get those any time soon. But they’ll have plenty of regular, non-avian-themed paddle boats.

In any event, work proceeds. Get all the deets on the new and official website.

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And if you want to rent a bike in Golden Gate Park, you’ll need to go to the new vendor:

ParkWide Activities LLC

You’ll find them operating behind the bandshell in the Music Concourse betwixt our de Young Museum and California Academy of Sciences.

Their Grand Opening will be next week but they’re open for business now, even during these rainy days.

Bon courage, SLBH and ParkWide.

Stow Lake Boathouse and Café to Reopen by October 6 – New Website, Blog, Twitter Account, Manifesto

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

Well, per the people at the Stow Lake Boathouse, the joint will reopen soon:

“We will reopen operations with food service and boat rentals no later than October 6th.”

Here’s how it looks today, with a fresh layer of asphalt:

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Here’s the Twitter and the Facebook and the blog.

And here’s the manifesto:

“A trip to Golden Gate Park isn’t complete without a sojourn to Stow Lake Boathouse. Join us for a relaxing boat ride that will transport you to an idyllic retreat in the heart of San Francisco. Share time with friends and family at our nostalgic boathouse café. Invite the peace of nature to your day with an excursion to one of America’s most visited city parks.

We are very excited about our proposed vision for the Stow Lake Boathouse and Café. Our highly sustainable new caféimprovements to the boathouse itself, and our new and improved fleet of boats offer a number of benefits to the City and visitors to Golden Gate Park.

Stow Lake is a valuable part of San Francisco’s heritage and it needs to stay that way. It should remain a venue for grassroots and other volunteer organizations, while becoming a place where future generations can learn firsthand about the variety and complexity of nature. Stow Lake is also home to many plant and animal species. It hosts so many natural wonders, that it’s hard to believe such a marvelous ecosystem exists so close to downtown San Francisco.

We pledge to be outstanding stewards of Stow Lake, and to work with our community partners in order to further the awareness and appreciation of this beautiful microenvironment. By establishing meaningful partnerships with local groups, we plan to continue and curate the legacy of Stow Lake for the San Franciscans of today as well as tomorrow. We are dedicated to meeting and exceeding existing stewardship standards in order to preserve and protect the richness of these plant and animal species, as this community has done in the past.”

OK then.

But at least 36 people on Gaia’a Green Earth don’t approve of the new tenant:

It’s not over yet! The civil lawsuit begins March 2012 and will expose the truth about all the many laws that Rec & Park broke in order to bring in an out-of-state chain, with no boating experience to take over this historic boating recreation site.”

March 2012, huh? Sounds like a long ways off at this point.

Anyway, bon courage, new Stow Lake Boathouse and Café.

Famous Louis’ Restaurant Out Near the Cliff House Reopens on August 3, 2011 – Meet Your Federalized Louis’

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

From SF FYI Net comes the news: “Louis’ is reopening on Wednesday, August 3, 2011!!!

Check it:

“Got my card in the mail…YAY!!! Just went to your new website and read through everything…great job!!! I love all the “Green” changes you have made…can’t wait to have a cage-free bacon and cheese omelet with some organic coffee!!!!! See you soon…..”

Mmmmm… cage-free bacon.

Anyway, that means that worksite BMXing will soon be a memory:

An excellent capture from dendowling

All the deets:

The Richmond District Blog

“Louis’ Restaurant is going green and organic…”

Inside the Outside Lands

“Keeping Louis’ Alive…”

SF Chronicle

“The family that has run a beloved old-style diner will get to keep it…”

“Louis’ Restaurant is saved…”

“Louis’ serves up eggs, hashbrowns, and a view on the side…”

“Drama is unfolding at Louis’ Restaurant…”

“Can’t imagine the area without Louis’… it’s been my favorite since I was a kid…”

“Family must bid for diner after 73 years…”

 San Francisco Examiner

“Saving San Francisco, one link at a time…”

SF Weekly Blogs

“The bidding process may be more competitive than landing Louis’ famous corner booth…”

“Sutro Heights Diner Trys to Stay Alive…”

Fog City Foodie

The wait staff is super friendly and went out of their way to make us comfortable…”

And here’s what I mean by federalized. Some of this stuff costs money, some of it saves money, some of it’s “whenever possible” – more what you call guidelines than actual rules. We’ll have to wait and see how this might affect prices.

“Louis’ Restaurant’s Efforts To Be Green & Healthy

We at Louis’ Restaurant know that it is important to reduce, reuse, and recycle.  We also believe it is our responsibility to provide our guests with healthy food options.  The following are ways in which Louis’ Restaurant is working towards these goals:

Our Menu
With our yearly usage of over 150,000 eggs, we are now using only cage free eggs that are produced within 100 miles.  Our produce is now certified organic and sourced from within 200 miles, whenever possible.  All our meat and poultry are all natural, hormone and antibiotic free, vegetarian fed, and humanely raised.  All bread & desserts are sourced within 25 miles. Our coffee is certified organic and certified fair trade.

Our Waste Management
We have diverted our solid waste by 75% through recycling and composting.  Our takeout containers are made of compostable materials, and we have changed the way we serve our coffee creamer and butter to further reduce our waste.  We have discontinued selling plastic bottles, instead offering a bottle made of compostable material.  Our used cooking oil is picked up by Got Grease, a small local company that makes biodiesel fuel from the old oil, their major client is the San Francisco Municipal Railway.

Our Renovation
We have installed new tile floors in our dining room made with 55% recycled content.  We have reused our tabletops and booth and counter seats by recovering them.  We changed all lighting to LED bulbs in our dining room and storage areas and all new appliances are Energy Star rated wherever possible in order to reduce our energy consumption.  Our toilet and faucets are all low flow.  We have installed a new high efficiency hand dryer in the restroom that will reduce use of paper towels. The bamboo wainscot in our dining room is Forest Stewardship Certified (FSC) and is a renewable resource.  The roof at the addition has a reflective Energy Star qualified surface.  All interior paint is zero VOC.  Insulation is made from denim and contains no formaldehyde.  Our bathroom and alley doors were reclaimed as was the lumber used to build our emergency exit walkway.  We also used all FSC certified framing lumber to construct the East Elevation Addition.”

Bon Courage, nouveau Louis’!