Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

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.

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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:

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Who will try to make a go of it next at this cursed location?

Here’s How Much Some Tourists See of Japantown: Ten Feet of Sidewalk Between the Bus and the Benihana

Monday, December 29th, 2014

As seen being herded along on Post:

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Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle…

Cross this one off of your Bucket List:

58. Do Japantown 

Close us out, Montgomery Burns:

“Yeah, well, I’ve discovered the perfect business: people swarm in, empty their pockets, and scuttle off.”

Bold Move: SF Business Times Prints Shame List of “Restaurants with High-Risk Health Code Violations”

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

Seems a long time ago now, but back eight years the spouse of a County Supervisor had this to say:

“To those mother fuckers at the Golden Gate Restaurant Association: FUCK YOU!”

And I thought, what an odd thing to say, but yeah, I can see where that comes from.

(Here’s just one example – this place is a member. Like, it even gets promoted by the GGRA.)

Anyway, the GGRA spends its time doing things like lobbying against simple letter grades for restaurants, ala San Diego. Which is funny, because posting simple letter grades up front has lots of benefits – like it lowers food poisoning incidents at ER’s in the surrounding area and other good stuff like that. Check it:

“A 2003 study by two economists [Yay, Stanfoo!] found that after letter grades were introduced in Los Angeles, there was a 20 percent decline in hospital admissions for food-borne illness.

But the SF Bidness Times, well, the people there must bump into officers of the GGRA all the time. And yet here it is, the SFBT now has a naughty list a mile long.

Here’s part of it – let’s start with the beginning of the alphabet

Arizmendi Bakery
1331 9th Ave.
08/28/2014: Unclean hands or improper use of gloves (Score: 73)

Ouch. If I were Arizmendi, I’d spend more time striving to get a triple digit score and less time working on buying a “parklet” from the City.

And hey, who’s in charge of AT&T these days? Is it Olympian Larry Baer? I think so:

AT&T – Cable Car Bar (Promenade) [146520]
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: No hot water or running water (Score: 93)

AT&T – Say Hey Sausage-Room 5319 [145157]
24 Willie Mays Plaza 5.15.01
09/14/14: High-risk food holding temperature (Score: 93)

AT&T Park – Food Cart
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: Sewage or wastewater contamination (Score: 93)

AT&T Park – Garden Table Stand
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: High-risk food holding temperature (Score: 93)

AT&T PARK – Gotham Kitchen
24 Wilie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: Unclean or unsanitary food contact surfaces (Score: 91)

AT&T PARK – Hearth Table Stand
24 Willie Mays Plaza
09/14/14: High-risk food holding temperature (Score: 93)

And yet, all the scores appear to be similar? I’m sure there’s a reason for that, but I don’t know the reason. (Are some of these violations no biggee? I don’t know. Which violations are important and which are less so? IDK.)

There’s lots I don’t understand about how SFGov does it restaurant health grading. Oh well.

Hey SFGov, can we get simple, effective letter grades posted out front, ala San Diego? Oh no, you just don’t feel like it? Oh what’s that, the GGRA doesn’t want you do it so you won’t?

OK fine.

What’s This: The Government of Japan is Funding a Ramen Chain’s Expansion in the US? “Ippudo” Coming to SF

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

Well here it is, the official “Cool Japan Fund” will soon be giving millions of dollars to the Ippudo Ramen chain of restaurants to open up stores in the US and Europe.

To spread the Good News of Ramen, to increase Japan’s “soft power,” appears to be the point.

That means that it’s only a matter of time before the Bay Area has its own Ippudo, the way New York City has been since 2008.

Thanks Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, I guess.

Looking forward…

Regular San Franciscans Just LOVE Chain Stores, Chapter #1801: Panera Bread, OPENING SOON in the Western Addition

Monday, December 1st, 2014

Well, here it is, “OPENING SOON!” as promised:

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So this chain already has 1800 or so outlets, so let’s call this place at Geary and Masonic Store #1801.

The thing is, regular San Franciscans, not the electeds, you know, just regular people, love chain stores and here’s the test: OPEN ONE UP AND SEE IF PEOPLE SHOP THERE. You dig? That’s why chain stores are banned or are effectively banned in certain areas under certain conditions.

If San Franciscan didn’t like chain stores, then chain stores wouldn’t open up here in the first place, or, if they did, then nobody would shop there and then the chain stores would close up and leave.

Now this particular chain store is hidden away, like a porno shop, and that helped it get approved. you see, we like chain stores but we don’t want to see them all over the place.

On It Goes…

 

Yelp vs. Lucky River Restaurant at 700 Monterey Boulevard – Rating Drops Due to “Sidewalk Steak” Viral Video

Monday, November 24th, 2014

Via KRON-TV’s Stanley Roberts comes news of this

Here’s the story:

San Francisco Sidewalk Steak – My buddies and I were walking up to the side door to Lucky River Restaurant at 700 Monterey Boulevard in San Francisco for lunch on Friday, November 21, 2014, and we saw this guy tenderizing or trying to break apart frozen meat. Yes, that appears to be frozen, raw meat that he’s slamming on the sidewalk. Maybe it’s what makes their Mongolian beef taste so good? Would you eat here after witnessing this?

And here come the Yelpers with some fresh one-star reviews:

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On It Goes…

“St. Louis Bread” Coming to the Western Addition – 1800-Strong Panera Bakery Chain Now Hiring for New Geary Masonic Location

Monday, November 24th, 2014

I’l tell you, I don’t object to the Panera Bread coming to 2675 Geary at Masonic (but some people do).

Here’s the ad – apply for a job if you want:

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(The Panera will be right next to the new Chipotle. Truly, the City Centre Mall Has It All.)

All the deets about Panera, after the jump

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An Amazing Joint Press Release from Yank Sing Restaurant Workers AND Yank Sing Itself – $4 Million Labor Settlement

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

So I’ve seen labor violation settlements like this $4 million one before, but I’ve never seen the associated press release come from both the restaurant’s and the workers’ side.

That’s why you can see plugs for this expensive 3.5-star Yelp rated restaurant chain.

(And I’ll tell you, it’s refreshing to see nonprofits in Chinatown NOT promoting the biggest pork barrel project in America as “transit justice” and NOT giving stencils to voters to tell them how to vote.)

Let’s get back to business and, if desired, let the racial profiling commence without any more wage and hour violations:

Chinese press release (新聞稿): http://www.cpasf.org/press/settlement-yanksing-chinese

Spanish press release (Comunicado de Prensa): http://www.cpasf.org/press/settlement-yanksing-spanish

PRESS RELEASE – For Immediate Release: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Contact:        
Emily Lee, Chinese Progressive Association
Mariam Hosseini, Asian Law Caucus
Jonathan Glick, Yank Sing

Immigrant Workers Negotiate $4 Million Settlement – Award-Winning Restaurant Commits to Lead Industry Change in Workplace Standards

San Francisco, Ca – Today, a $4 million settlement and workplace agreement for restaurant workers at Yank Sing, a nationally rated dim sum restaurant, is being announced by workers and their employer. The settlement was the result of a unique collaboration between workers, Yank Sing, the Chinese Progressive Association, the Asian Law Caucus, and state and local labor enforcement agencies.  The landmark settlement not only compensates for past practices, but provides workers with pay and benefits beyond what the law requires while creating a business model that will lead to long term success for both workers and the restaurant.

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The View You Get From the Cavallo Point Lodge Looking Towards San Francisco – It Includes a Lot of Dead Grass, As It Should

Friday, November 14th, 2014

I’ve never stayed at the Lodge myself, but it looks pretty sweet.

A slower pace of life:

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These days, the Great Lawn is full of brown grass:

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When oh when will our drought end?

Gluten-Free + Southern + Breakfast & Brunch = GREASE BOX, an Icon of North Oakland

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Yelp is polarized:

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