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Valencia Kebab, 525 Valencia

Staffing Woes Shutter Valencia St. Kebab Restaurant

One of the owners of Valencia & Kebab at 525 Valencia St. confirmed this week that the Mediterranean restaurant has shut its doors for good after just 10 months of business in the Mission. Emin Tekin co-owns the restaurant and two others – both called Kobani Mediterranean Grill, in the Marina and another in Berkeley. Tekin said that the restaurateurs...
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“Fine Casual” Greek Food Coming to Valencia St.

Following Grub’s silent exit from Valencia Street in late August, the space that briefly housed the popular brunch locale has already landed a new tenant – Souvla, a “casual Greek sandwich shop and wine bar,” is set to open its doors at 758 Valencia St. in early 2017. Described as “fine casual” dining, Souvla’s menu is rather simple, featuring classics such...
Cha Cha Cha at 2327 Mission St. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Cha Cha Cha Restaurant in Mission Gets New Owner

Cha Cha Cha on Mission Street is changing hands, according to its former owner. But the Caribbean restaurant will remain as-is and all staff will be kept on, its new owner said on Thursday. Irfan Yalcin — the owner of both L’Emigrante wine bar at 2199 Mission St. and Urban Fish at 2139 Mission St. on the corner with 18th Street,...
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Californios – The New Mexican in Town

Californios is new to the Mission, having only opened in January of 2015. It is not old school, and it’s the polar opposite of divey. It belongs, in fact, to what I think of as the newest wave of the high-end restaurants – places like Al’s Café and Lazy Bear, which appear to be catering to the techie generation or...
The storefront that housed Jocelyn's Bakery for some two decades will soon reopen an ice cream shop. Photo by Lola Chavez

The Mission Gets Another Ice Cream Shop!

A year after the beloved, Latina-owned Jocelyn’s Bakery departed the Mission after serving pastries alongside healthy juices for some two decades, it turns out that come October, 3566 20th St. at the corner of Lexington will reopen as an ice cream parlor and that its owner – much like the previous tenant – is a health-conscious, female entrepreneur with a sweet...
Herbivore at 983 Valencia St. near 21st Street. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Vegan Restaurant Herbivore on Valencia Street Closing

Herbivore, the “Earthly Grill” vegan restaurant that has been on Valencia Street since 1997, is closing its doors on Tuesday, August 23. That comes days after the Berkeley store closed its doors and almost a year after it closed its other San Francisco store on Divisadero. Workers in the restaurant at 983 Valencia St. near 21st Street said they did not want to speak...
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Crowd Celebrates Noise Pop Block Party on 20th St.

Several thousand people showed up today to the 20th street block party sponsored by Noise Pop,  a Mission-based music promoter. The party was also a chance to celebrate education and immigrant right activist Rosario Anaya, and raise money for the Mission Language and Vocational School that will be named in her honor. Food, vending, and music filled the four block radius and the...
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Expanded 20th St. Party Honors SF Mission Icon

A Mission leader credited with helping to place some 40,000 Latino and immigrant community members in jobs will be honored at this Saturday’s 20th Street Block Party– a free, day-long neighborhood party expected to draw some 15,000 revelers to the 20th Street Corridor. The building that houses the Mission Language and Vocational School at 2929 19th St. will be named after its...
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Former Minako Sushi to Become Naan N Curry

The shuttered former organic sushi restaurant Minako is set to become an Indian restaurant in a few weeks. The proprietor of Naan N Curry, Muzaffar Hussain, has secured a permit to put together the new restaurant and is hoping to open by the end of next week. Hussain said the new location will blend Indian food classics like curries and biryani with...
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Tartine Manufactory Is Open!

What can you say? Tartine Manufactory opened this morning in the Heath Ceramics building at 595 Alabama St. on the corner of 18th Street, and it is beautiful. There’s plenty of space to sit and enjoy a whole new menu-full of new baked, cooked and made goodies. The many staff members guided each customer through the new ordering procedure and everyone — customers, staff...
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La Cocina To Host Wrestling-Themed Taco Party This Saturday

Mezcal, tacos, and a side of pro-wrestling will be served at this Saturday’s La Lucha De La Cocina, where San Francisco food entrepreneurs are set to engage in a battle of taco flavors while renown Mexican “lucha Libre” fighters will brawl in the arena — all for a good cause. Proceeds of the wrestling match-turned-taco party will go to La Cocina, a Mission non-profit that incubates low-income and predominantly...
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We Be Sushi – Hits Your Sushi Spot!

We Be Sushi’s slogan is “Like Mom Used To Make,” and Tony-San, as he is known to his employees, has been Sushi Mom to the Mission for more than 20 years. He opened the original incarnation on Valencia near 22nd Street, and followed up his formula for cheap and swell (if not spectacular) sushi with four other restaurants. At one point,...
Rupam Bhagat's restaurant dream began with a food truck. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Former Food Truck Now Brick-and-Mortar on 24th

After bringing Indian soul food to the Bay Area on wheels, the chef behind the popular food truck “Dum” has taken his menu off the road and into the 24th Street space that once housed the Local Mission Eatery. Sitting inside of his first brick and mortar location at 3111 24th St.,  which he quietly opened to the public on...
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24th Street’s Pig & Pie To Close

Comfort food, pies, and pork products are about to take their leave from 24th Street after four years when Pig & Pie closes on July 31, its owners have announced. “The unpredictablility of restaurant life is extra challenging with two little ones in diapers,” the owners wrote in a sign posted in the window. “We’re so grateful to this community for its...