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SF Nonprofit wants changes from proposed Mission Street cafe

A Mission District nonprofit is adding a hurdle for a cafe hoping to open on Mission Street near 22nd, asking the operator to agree to concessions they say will mitigate its gentrifying effects. The Mission Economic Development Agency, or MEDA, filed a request for a discretionary review on a proposal for a cafe at 2567 Mission St. That means the...

Limón Rotisserie worker charged with embezzlement (SFGate)

A worker at the popular Peruvian restaurant Limón Rotisserie was arraigned on Monday on charges of felony grand theft for allegedly embezzling $200,000 from the restaurant, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The worker allegedly squirreled away the money over the course of 11 months in 2016 while he managed the restaurant’s catering operations. In November, other restaurant staff noticed the...

Local Mission Market silently closes in SF Mission

Local Mission Market, a high-end grocery store at 23rd and Harrison, closed a couple of months ago — very, very quietly. This is the third of four storefronts in Yaron Milgrom’s “Local’s” empire to close in the last three years. Local’s Corner, a seafood restaurant, closed in November 2014, and Local Mission Eatery shuttered in December 2015. Only Local’s Cellar,...

Neighborhood Notes: Boba Guys proposes expansion, Balompie to return, El Rio gets legacy status

 Boba Guys looks to expand next door on 19th Since the demise of Valencia Eyewear, a small retail store on 19th Street just off Valencia, the windows have been painted and what goes on inside is unclear. Now a sign has been posted making the intentions clear: Boba Guys is seeking a change of use to expand into the former...
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Healthy Spirits brings craft spirits to Valencia Street

When Rami Barqawi opened his first Healthy Spirits store in the Castro in 1998, he never thought it would transform into a “destination” for high-end spirits. Back then, Healthy Spirits was just a name, and the items on the shelves were pure convenience-store stock. “It was butter and tampons and toilet paper,” he said. But, several years after opening, Barqawi’s...

SF Mission historical auto livery adjusts — or not — to the 21st Century

For nearly 100 years, the Superior Auto garage has visually dominated the corner of 16th and Albion streets. Built by famed architect Joseph L. Stewart, the monumental garage was built to herald the arrival of the single-occupant automobile, San Francisco’s newest transit option after 1906. They were built to park and repair cars in a city whose apartment buildings had...

Students of Mission-based tech boot camp for minorities kicked out of Dreamforce (SF Examiner)

Update: A student of the tech education program reached out to Mission Local to say that the students were allowed to return to the Dreamforce conference after being told to leave, that the security guards who removed the students were disciplined and that the students received numerous apologies from Salesforce staff. According to the San Francisco Examiner, 20 Latino students...

Mission startup prepares overlooked young adults for tech jobs

One of the Mission District’s newest tech ventures isn’t trying to court venture capitalists or outsource your unwanted tasks. Rather, it’s developing homegrown talent to work within the industry. To make that happen, dev/Mission’s founder, Leonardo Sosa, uses guilt as easily as charm. He’s a paternal figure who commands respect in the classroom. “We decided to launch dev/Mission because we...

In SF, roll up a door and find an urban winery

Inside an unassuming warehouse on Treat Avenue near 19th Street are rows of barreled red wine waiting to be distributed to refined palates across the country. And not just any red wine — artisanal, vineyard-specific pinot noir. “One sip of California Pinot Noir was all it took,” 50-year-old Andrew P. Vingiello says on his website. He might have added that, for...

As St. Luke’s Hospital nears completion, neighbors worry about parking and a bike lane

Instead of praising the construction of St. Luke’s Campus for being on time and only months away from completion, neighbors who attended a meeting Wednesday were unhappy about access to an open-air plaza and the possibility of having to give up either parking or a bike lane along Cesar Chavez Street.  Paul Klemish, the project director, showed neighbors the plan...

Neighborhood Notes: Bills fair, Benefit, Butterfly Joint

Consumer resources and bills fair On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Good Samaritan Family Resource Center will put on an event at Mission Campus of City College to help people with their utility and phone bills. Bilingual resources will be available from noon to 3 p.m.  For more information, call Alberto Romo at 415-401-4253 or email him at aromo@goodsamfrc.org Benefit show...

Charges filed following SF Excelsior gambling den raid

A group of men and women who were arrested in connection with an illegal gambling den earlier this month have each been charged with a felony and two misdemeanor counts, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced Thursday. The defendants — Kenneth Gurriere, 56, Richard Mohler, 34, Malcolm Brian Vasquez, 49, and Marjorie Delacruz, 49 — have been charged with felony...

SNAP: Hoofing it to the deli

There’s a white horse on the top of Newkirk’s Deli, which opened two days ago at 1002 Potrero street. Although it looks like a plaster of Paris statue, it’s made of fiberglass.  “It weighs sixty pounds. You can sit on it!” owner Ryan Newkirk Blumenthal, who has been working for a couple months renovating the former site of the New...

Supervisor hopes to craft clear path for new cultural districts

Say there’s a part of a neighborhood that has a strong cultural identity and wants to preserve it – how do they go about becoming a recognized cultural district? The Mission’s Calle 24 has already forged its own pathway to being recognized formally as a cultural asset, but now Supervisor Hillary Ronen has introduced legislation that would codify a specific...

SF Mission’s Pop’s Bar celebrates 80 years

Legend has it that Pop’s Bar has been peddling booze on 24th Street since the dark days of prohibition, so it should come as no surprise that the neighborhood institution is turning 80.   On Tuesday morning, a few patrons were scattered around the bar, and one of the bartenders was whipping up a special cure — a dash of...