Posts Tagged ‘restaurant’

Signs of Life at 834 – 838 Divisadero – “A Bottomless Demand for Rustic Italian Food” – CHE FICO e RAGAZZI DI BOBA Prossimamente!

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016

First it was all like this:

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And then it was all like this, with the Barrelhead Brewhouse supposing to go in:

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But the Barrelhead, she went in on Fulton near Masonic, leaving 834 838 an empty hulk, for the most part, for like a half-decade. Oh, I guess California Parking tried to make a go of it a few years back as well.

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But now, one looks and sees this:

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One Googles and, of course, one sees that Socketsite, San Francisco Real Estate Tips, Trends and the Local Scoop, is all over this bidness, with a fresh entry.

And that’s your Western Addition Update, North of NoPA / DivCo Edition…

A New Lunch Place in the Financh: TSUKIJI NO DONBURI-MONO from THE GRUBBIES – $200 for Sea Urchin and Rice?

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

I’m taking things slow here. Peasant Pies is gone from 303 Sacramento. In its place is this joint with no seating. This is a real business registered with SFGov.

TSUKIJI suggests Tokyo’s world-famous fish market. Donburi means rice bowl – rice plus something else, in this case seafood. And THE GRUBBIES means I don’t know what.

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Now, check out the asking prices. If you want to go hog-wild, you can order UNI  plus rice for $40 to $200(!) – click on the photo to see the prices. Is this meant for more than one person? IDK. I’m not sure how many servings of sea urchin gonads plus rice you’d get. Isn’t this a lot of money for lunch? (In mitigation, you can wash down your meal with a can of soda, for just $1 more.)

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I’m not sure if they’re suggesting the seafood is flown in from Japan or if this place is just similar to a Japanese fish market. I’ll tell you, there was a Yoshinoya fast food donburi place what tried to make a go of it about a block away from here. They served inexpensive “beef bowls,” like something a taxi driver would eat on break. They didn’t last long.

But this place is different – it’s expensive, and all seafood AFAICS. It’s not at all on social media AFAIK. It’s terra incognita, foodies!

Have at it.

What if You Could Enjoy DONUTS, TERIYAKI, HAMBURGERS, and CHINESE FOOD All At Just One Restaurant? The Dream is Real

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

It’s J Georgie’s en La Mision:

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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

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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?

CURFFL! – It’s Why Your Restaurant Doesn’t Have a Bathroom – Signs Say “PUBLIC RESTROOMS NOT AVAILABLE”

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Read it and weep, or hold it in, or move on:

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NEW REQUIREMENTS: New Buildings Any building constructed after January 1, 2004 must have restrooms for customers or guests, if; (a) It contains a food establishment that provides space for food consumption on the premises, or (b) It contains a food establishment 20,000 square feet or more in size.1 Existing Buildings Any building constructed between July 1, 1984 and January 1, 2004, that contains a food establishment more than 20,000 square feet in size must have restrooms available for customers (at least one for men and one for women). Buildings constructed before July 1, 1984 that contain a food establishment greater than 20,000 square feet in size, but do not have space for on-site food consumption, are not required, by this legislation, to provide restrooms for patrons, guests, or invitees (check local codes.) (When determining the size of a food establishment that is part of a service station, do not use the gas pump area of the property.) Any building constructed before January 1, 2004 that contains a food establishment that provides space designated for on-site food consumption must have at least one restroom for customers or guests on the property or in the food establishment with the following exception: Operators of food establishments in buildings constructed before January 1, 2004 that are less than 20,000 square feet in size and that have space designated for food consumption, but do not have restrooms for patrons, guests, or invitees, must post a sign in a public area stating that restrooms are not available. Toilet facilities constructed after January 1, 1985 that are accessible only from food preparation or storage areas shall not be used by customers (Section 114105).

Frisco Landscape: Range Rover, Shuttered McDonalds, Graffiti, Woman, Lexus, Another Lexus, Federal Building

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

And State Highway 101 to the left:

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EQUINOX: Frisco’s Most Beloved Shut-Down Restaurant – Sadly, It Stopped Revolving in May 2007

Friday, June 24th, 2016

I guess people went here for Prom Night? Anyway, they’re super nostalgic for our one and only formerly revolving restaurant.

“It’s been gone since May of 2007 and still there are reviews pouring in.”

Not much has changed since it closed. Here’s an update from 2009. And here’s how it looks now:

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One supposes the scaffolding has nothing to do with getting the thing to revolve again. Our Hyatt Regency Embarcadero sends workers up there to work on the famous Embarcadero Center Christmas / holiday lights sometimes. It looks like this:

And this:

But see for yourself – Time After Time was a horrible 1979 movie that you could have shot yourself. Check it out starting at 57:50. See? That was the Equinox.

(But don’t pay attention to the clumsy edits as you see the same background over and over.)

In mitigation, TAT was filmed on location, so it’s got that going for it:

Time After Time was filmed throughout San Francisco, including Cow Hollow, North Beach, the Hyatt Regency hotel, California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park, the Marina District, Ghirardelli Square, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Richmond District, the Golden Gate Bridge, Grace Cathedral on Nob Hill, the Embarcadero Center, Chinatown, the Marina Green, the Palace of Fine Arts, Potrero Hill, and the Civic Center.

So that’s your update.

Oh, you can still go up there, but you have to pay a lot of money and be a hotel guest at the time. Or you have to make friends with a hotel guest and then pay $35 per visit.

Hey, how much would it take to get this place revolving as a restaurant again? Millions and millions prolly…

So, “Boston Properties” Offers Us a PATRIOT HOUSE at Embarcadero Center? That’s Not Very Frisco, Now Is It?

Friday, May 6th, 2016

Maybe I should start up “Frisco Properties” in Boston and then open up the “49er’s House” at Hahvahd Yahd or Boston Common or wherever it would be the most offensive to Bostonians?

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All right, I’m going to go completely destroy my Samsung phone so nobody can ever read the texts off of it, you know, they way normal people do all the time.

Catching Up with the NEW Stow Lake Boat House – Photos – It’s Just the Same, Except for the “PRIVATE EVENTS”

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Well, I guess the transition to the new vendor at our Stow Lake Boat House in Golden Gate Park is fully complete, not that you could really tell. Four Yelp stars, currently.

Things were a little contentious for a while there, what with the crew from Save Stow Lake, who supported the former vendor what operated this place. Get a taste of that conflict here. (And see what became of SaveStowLake.org down below – it’s kind of funny.)

Here it is, looking more like Camp Crystal than what you’d expect to see in Frisco:

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Here’s your seating area for the cafe. The worry back in the aughts was that this room was going to go upscale, become an upscale dining establishment. That didn’t happen.

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Now back in the day, the old vendor simply raised prices without telling/getting permission from Rec and Park, so today’s prices are basically the same as back in the aughts. The new Family Boat seats six, I figure.

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Le Cafe, complete with pink popcorn for sale, as was desired by the alarmist preservationists who supported the former vendor:

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Oh, this is new – room rentals

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I don’t think the Save Stow Lake people saw this coming, ’cause I don’t recall them complaining about the specter of private parties in a public park, oh well. I think it’s like $100 an hour to have a birthday party in a rented room these days. Naturally, visitors will think a bathroom is where all the people are milling about, so this sign keeps them out and points them across the street, fair ‘nough.

Now if conditions get too rough for you out on the high seas of this quite artificial “lake,” well you can always dial the snack bar and they’ll talk you home, like the air traffic controllers from Airport ’75

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So that’s your update.

Now, here’s what’s become of SaveStowLake.org. So who’s selling what here? IDK, but, from Japan, it’s the “Telephone Lady” who has tax tips for you:

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Anyway, that’s the bizarre end to the bizarre movement to “save” Stow Lake, which of course is still with us even though these Save Stow Lake people lost, big-time.

Happy Boating!

Hot Times in the Richmond District: This Crowd on Geary is Waiting for GOOD CHEAP FOOD or a GAMBLING BUS

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

As seen on Geary:

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I’m thinking it’s a gambling bus pick up point and these people are just waiting around. Or it could be like San Tung, which is about to get its 5000th Yelp review.

(Actually, lots of times when joints get national attention, they raised prices, oh well.)

Anyway, Richmond District NIMBYs won’t appreciate a bus stop like this, I’ll bet. People are already complaining about this kind of thing in the less-trafficked parts of the Sunset…