The conventional wisdom is that with Burning Man raging in Nevada, the crowds here for difficult to get tables and the lines outside places like Tartine Bakery. The NYT’s has a piece on this today and it is true that the streets felt a little emptier.
But, I wonder about the Burning Man effect and whether it isn’t dulled by all of the tourists who do come into the city. The line to get bread at Tartine Bakery on Sunday has usually eased off by 6 p.m., but it was longer than ever this Sunday. Ditto at the Creamery. On Friday morning, the intrepid George Lipp headed over to Philz expecting no line. “Well Lydia, so much for theory. The place was packed.” Anyone out there have an experience that lends credence to one view or another?