Cine Latino under construction? Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

The low-hanging sun, the slight chill in the air, and the drizzle of rain had us humming that old American standard November Rain all week. A little precipitation was exactly what we needed to feel like winter is on its way and lift our dried-out spirits, but, as they say, nothing last forever—except, seemingly, California’s drought.

In this week’s weekly rundown of turf wars, I mean, real estate and business news, there’s so many things to munch on. If you’re going to casually skim only one local news link listicle this week and post it on your Facebook page, this is it.

Open/closed principle

You’ve probably heard about Local’s Corner. Depending on what kind of reader you are it was in either a Michael Bauer review, at a protest against it, or when you were looking for a place to tag. Polarizing! Well, it announced this week it will be closing at the end of the month. Celebrate/mourn as you see fit.

In raw food/paleo/gluten free/vegan/aqueous diet/green life style brand news, Project Juice will be opening a new store on Valencia Street this weekend. The Juice shop will also offer grab-and-go meals, featuring vegan raw-food burritos made with dehydrated flax-seed tortillas and all sorts of other stuff. We’ve actually tried some of their food and it’s not bad! So, if this is your thing, have at it. As part of its grand opening this Saturday, the first 100 customers get free juice.

In the annals of how not to ethically close a business, SF Weekly has the story of  Valencia Muscle’s final days and its alleged defrauding of all its customers.

Inside Scoops shares this scoop from the proverbially inside, Aaron London, former chef at some fancy restaurant in Napa we’ve never been to, has plans for the southern stretch of Valencia Street. He’s working on a new restaurant at the current location South End Grill.

Also, a late edition, in the  former burned down space of Chez Spencer, Eater reports a Japanese restaurant called Rintaro is soft opening this week.

Speaking of closing time, this week the gabbers of Listen Local discuss the last last calls of neighborhood bars and why people freak out so much (also, what’s the deal with crime?).

 Gossip, scandal, spillage

Name the Shakespeare play! “A blogger had chestnuts in his lap and munched and munched and and munched?” (The original Munchers also munched back.) We don’t know who to believe…Well, we have our suspicions, what kind of nutty things is a casual gathering of BDSM enthusiasts doing with a bunch of refrigerated trucks anyway?

Warning to real estate developers aiming to market to single, “like minded” tech workers looking for housing! If you try to make your Silicon Valley meets Melrose Place dream house out of a building designated for SROs, you might get sued.

We recently walked by the old site of the long gutted and vacant Cine Latino and can report construction has started once more. Rumor has it that the long in the works gym project may become a reality. We hope when and if it’s complete, that it will be like this.


Why is everybody freaking out about all those fairy doors. Leave the fairies alone!

David Eggers et. al. is getting some new digs in the vast industrial wasteland cum pop up city of Mission Bay.

As always, MissionMission dreams of the 90s.

This has nothing to do with anything, but we’re obsessed with it. The truth is out there.

We barely understand what any of this means:

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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