Luna Park
Luna Park. Photo by Lydia Chávez, July 2021

This virus isn’t going away 

Earlier this week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control recommended that even those vaccinated should wear masks indoors, as the delta variant is spreading among vaccinated people. On Thursday, Sacramento County reinstated a mask mandate. No mask mandate here, but we’re not in the clear yet

Starting today, hundreds of bars within the San Francisco Bar Owner Alliance have agreed to require vaccination proof or a negative test to drink indoors. Mission bars like Latin American Club, Make Out Room, and Teeth are participating, but we recommend checking with each bar before visiting to verify their specific rules and enforcement. 

If you get vaccinated this Friday, you can get an eighth of weed for smooth sailing into the weekend. Code Tenderloin is hosting a Vaccine Rap Day on the 900 block of Market Street, and if you’re 21+ (with ID) and get vaccinated there, you’ll get the hookup. 

Rappers and singers from the community will perform songs about getting vaccinated. The event starts at 4 p.m. 

Avocado Con 

California’s favorite fruit will be the center of attention at the fourth annual Avocado Con Saturday, July 31. This year’s festivities will be held at District Six, formerly known as SoMa StrEat Food Park, under the bridge at 428 11th Street. 

Apparently it will be National Avocado Day, not that we need any extra excuses or reasons to put the stuff on everything. 

Organizers promise “over-the-top avo toasts, flaky avo-stuffed empanadas, wood-fired avo-topped pizzas, juicy guac burgers, avo ice cream sandos, crispy panko-breaded avo fries,” and more. 

Not only will there be 12+ vendors, including Mission favorites Señor Sisig and Al Carajo, DJs will be there so you can “back that Hass up” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tickets for entry are $5, but kids under 10 get in free.

In-person youth dance classes

Dance Mission Theater recently announced in-person, in-studio programming for the upcoming fall semester. Registration begins on Monday, Aug. 2 for both the Youth Program and Grrrl Brigade, and the semester begins Aug. 23. If you need financial assistance, you are encouraged to reach out! 

Grrrl Brigade requires an in-class audition and two years of dance experience is suggested. Focused on girls ages nine to 18, Grrl Brigade is an “intensive dance/leadership development program designed to provide high quality dance training, performance opportunities, and a sense of self-empowerment.” 

If you’re more of a beginner, the Youth Program is open to everyone, with all sorts of classes, including hip-hop, modern, taiko and salsa. 

Questions about the Youth Program can be addressed to bianca@dancemission.com, and those about Grrrl Brigade can email fredrika@dancemission.com. For the full schedule and information on how to register, visit DanceMissionTheater.org.

National Night Out 

Come out and meet your neighbors and the Mission Police Department on Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Mission Playground. Each of San Francisco’s police stations will host its own night out within the community, as part of an annual event hosted by police departments around the country. 

From 5 to 7 p.m., there will be representatives of the SFPD, K-9 unit, and motorcycle police around the park, with activities for children. The ATVs might even make an appearance. 

Rooftop Cooking 

Ever wanted to learn how to make Thai food or Mumbai street food? Now’s your chance. BiteUnite recently opened a kitchen co-working space at South Van Ness Avenue and 17th Street, and it has a wide range of classes available. Or, if you just want to eat, the professional chefs will cook for you and your friends, too. 

On Saturdays, Thai cooking classes will be held on the rooftop. This weekend’s classes are full, but seats are still available for Aug. 7. If you keep scrolling, you’ll see all the private class and delicious food options available. 

Mini Mural Festival 

For the first weekend of the Mini Mural Festival, artists Josue Rojas and DJ Agana will be live-painting murals at the SFMOMA. Acción Latina is hosting the event, which will include DJ sets and dance performances on both days. For more information on the lineup, visit the website

The festival will span three weekends, and is taking inspiration from Diego Rivera, who painted his Pan American Unity mural during the Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island in 1940. Rivera’s mural is currently on display for free at the SFMOMA until 2023.  

New openings 

In spite of the confusion around Covid-19 case spikes and ever-changing recommendations around masks, businesses are still opening in the Mission. 

It looks like Beretta’s got some new competition: Bottega90, a new Italian restaurant at 1132 Valencia St., has started taking orders for takeout and delivery, and plans to open for dine-in service in late August, though employee Jose Mutul said it might take longer to get everything in order. 

Bernie’s Bees, a new Italian ice shop at 2669 Mission St., expects to open in the next week or so — the owner is just making some last minute tweaks to the recipes. And the restaurant Luna, formerly Luna Park, has also reopened at 694 Valencia St. 

Eleni Balakrishnan

Eleni is our reporter focused on policing in San Francisco. She first moved to the city on a whim over eight years ago, and the Mission has become her home. Follow her on Twitter @miss_elenius.

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3 Comments

  1. It’s nice to see the liquid propane gas heaters directly adjacent to trees. Trees are flammable. The fire code prohibits placing LPG heaters adjacent to flammable materials, including trees – of which SF has far too few. The operators of the restaurant should know that because they were required to apply for a permit issued by the fire marshal in order to operate the LPG heaters and include a diagram of their placement with that application. The LPG cannisters must be stored off-site during non-business hours, but almost certainly are stored inside the building as they are at dozens or more likely hundreds of other restaurants throughout the city.

    Not too long before Covid, the city passed legislation prohibiting the use of natural gas in future construction. While it is true that restaurants were carved out of that legislation, I believe the intent of that carve out was to allow restaurants to use natural gas for cooking, not for heating the vast outdoors of foggy and windy San Francisco. LPG is extracted by fracking, and SF pretends to be a leader on addressing the damage fossil fuels are continuing to do the planet. Paris (the one of the accord, not the one in Texas) figured it out, so maybe we can.

    In April, an SFFD Captain told me, and a virtual meeting of dozens of others including staff from multiple city departments, that last summer Mayor Breed ordered city departments not enforce any building, safety, fire or other codes at any of the “shared” space parklets that were being rushed into development to “save” restaurants. I don’t believe waiving those regulations falls under the Mayor’s purview, even under a broad public health order, especially since some of those codes are federal (such as ADA requirements and the OSHA protections for employees that govern safe worksites).

    After close to four months of consistent reporting, SFFD has not responded to a single of my many complaints about the illegal use and storage of LPG at restaurants in Districts 2, 3, 5, 8 and 9. 311 has repeatedly closed my requests without any resolution to the matter. I’m sure everyone involved with the “shared” spaces program, including the Mayor and Board, will be completely surprised when an entire block goes up in flames because the best way the city could come up with to save restaurants is to ignore even the most egregious code violations.

  2. Any word on what happened to The Brew Coop? Seems like the bar was emptied out over night!

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