Monday afternoon a storefront that, until very recently, was long-shuttered, got some attention. Early this year, the owners of the popular Hapa Ramen pop-up announced it would be moving into the former home of the 99 Cent Depot on Mission Street between 18th and 19th streets. And it looks like construction for that vision is now underway.
This month, the old shell of the 99 Cent Depot got a black paint job. Today, workers were busy putting in fresh windows on the outside and carpenters were installing big wooden booths inside. The workers let me go in and check out the space. It looks like there will be a large bar and several big, wooden booths. It’s hard to believe that this was once a discount store. Here’s a quick glimpse inside:
This same space looked pretty different 10 months ago. Check out Hapa Ramen owner Richie Nakano’s Instagram video:
In transit news not related to the cursed BART escalator, we spotted a Muni bus idling on the corner of 21st and Mission Street. The problem: its wheelchair lift was busted. According to driver Roy Villara, this happens all the time.
“It breaks, it’s an old bus,” Villara said, after he had been waiting in the driver’s seat for about 30 minutes. He said even if the bus is fixed today it could easily end up broken tomorrow; that’s just how these things go. Why did it break? “Like I said, it’s old.”
Just as he was explaining that it could be another half-hour before help arrived, it did. A Muni maintenance crew showed up on-scene to fix the broken lift. Soon, it returned to its repetitive journey down Mission Street.
This has been your Afternoon Report, a new series we’re trying out, in which we offer a quickie post-meridian rundown of some minor developments in the always-happening streets of the Mission District. Got ideas or suggestions? Let us know what you think by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.