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Developments in development: Affordable for whom?

Every time the words “affordable housing” are used in local media, commenters appear and argue about the phrase. Either they’re frustrated that, in a region where someone thinks it’s okay to charge people $800 a night to sleep on the floor, nothing is really “affordable.” Or they’re mad that we use the term in reference to city-administered below-market-rate units with...

Good humor flows at Mission District family winery

Behind a roll-up door on a squat industrial building on Potrero Street is a family winery. At once unorthodox and deeply traditional, family name on the sign is not French or Italian like wine aficionados might expect, but rather Georgian. The Erstavi Winery family has been making wine for some 400 years, according to Nikolas Eristavi, the son of winemaker...

Mission High Basketball Team Aims for Historic Win

Mission High School basketball players are hoping to make history for their team. After beating the first-ranked, private-school opponent St. Ignatius High School on Monday, the team is headed to Fairfield on Saturday aiming to beat third-ranked Vanden High School in the last regional competition. If they do so, they’ll be headed to the statewide championships, where they’ve never been...

Elixir Bar: A Deep Fount of Mission History

When you grab a drink at Elixir on 16th and Guerrero streets, you might not know you’re inside the city’s second-oldest saloon, running since 1858. On Saturday, boozehound historians of the E Clampus Vitus association will reveal a historic plaque at Elixir denoting its venerated status. Mission Local talked with owner H. Joseph Ehrmann, the 11th (or perhaps 12th, given...

Mission Community Market heads to new La Placita on Bartlett

Years in the making, a public space on Bartlett Street between 21st and 22nd streets will jointly open with the Mission Community Market today. A ribbon-cutting at 4 p.m. will kick off the season of the recurring farmers’ market, which for seven years has been run on 22nd Street between Valencia and Mission streets. It will now operate in the newly renovated block...

Health Food Delivery Service Moves into Former Mission McDonald’s

A fryer that once churned out fast-food potato fries will now be producing sweet potato fries made with organic, sustainably sourced palm oil. After being shuttered for two years, the site of an erstwhile McDonald’s on Mission Street near 16th Street has become an all gluten-free catering service called Mealmade, with options for paleo, keto, vegan and other health-conscious eaters....

New Calle 24 Rules Approved, Efforts to Preserve Corridor Continue

San Francisco Supervisors unanimously approved an ordinance Tuesday that will regulate the use and the merging of commercial spaces to protect existing businesses on 24th Street. The legislation, which designates a Calle 24 Special Use District, aims to stem the tide of new restaurants moving into former retail businesses. The legislation affects an area roughly outlined by Cesar Chavez and...

Loló, Colorful 22nd St. Cevicheria, Has Closed

SF Gate reports that Loló Cevicheria, the quirky and much smaller sister restaurant of Loló on Valencia Street, closed its doors on Saturday because of an expired lease. The cevicheria was popular for its small plates, tacos and of course, a variety of ceviche, and had operated out of the 3230 22nd St. location since July 2014– some five months after the original Loló...

Vietnamese Pop-up Turned Brick-and-Mortar Seeks Neighbors’ Approval

Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan of the long-running Vietnamese pop-up Rice Paper Scissors could be serving pho and banh mi sandwiches out of their first Folsom Street brick-and-mortar restaurant within the year – if their neighbors approve. Kwan and Luu are hoping to build out the 1,300 square foot space that once housed the Latin grocery Delicateses La Plaza at...

Grocery Outlet Opens With Ribbon Cutting, Blessing, and Donation

A discount grocery store has opened its doors to Mission shoppers. Blessed by clergy from the Church of Saints Peter and Anthony and boasting two murals from Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center, Grocery Outlet opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning. “That kind of understanding and working with the community in the Latino Cultural District is exactly the type...

City Honors Local Merchant for Service to Community

Women’s Day came early for Eden Stein. On Tuesday, the curator and owner of Secession Art and Design was distinguished by the city with a total of six awards for her leadership in the burgeoning Mission Bernal Neighborhood. On Tuesday evening, after having returned from a day at City Hall, Stein stood inside her storefront at 3235 Mission St. at the...

Techies, Transformations, and the Personal Touch at a Mission St. Fitness Studio

Mission Street, once distinguished by taquerias is increasingly a workout corridor  – at least nine businesses line the corridor from 14th to 24th streets promising more svelte silhouettes. Unlike many of them,  BodyFi, having just celebrated its seventh year in the Financial District and four years on Mission Street, is not a gym. It’s a fitness studio. In fact, owner...

Good Food Advocate Shakirah Simley Bids Bi-Rite Farewell

As Community Program Manager at Bi-Rite Market, Shakirah Simley married her passion for “good food” and social justice, helping to nourish San Francisco’s underserved communities. On Tuesday, Simley announced her departure from the health-food market after five years and on Thursday, she celebrated her farewell at the Women’s Building on 18th Street. Champagne flowed and warm words were exchanged, but...

Years In the Making, Grocery Outlet Will Open in the Mission

A former DeLano’s grocery on South Van Ness Avenue near 24th Street has been empty for more than six years, but will return to its former use with the grand opening of Grocery Outlet next week. Grocery Outlet first indicated to the city that it was interest in the space in August of 2015. Before that, Fresh N Easy had been...

Rice Paper Scissors Fundraises for Move to former La Plaza Space

After six years as a pop-up, the women behind the Vietnamese comfort-food venture Rice Paper Scissors are ready to settle down. Valerie Luu and Katie Kwan are now trying to raise $35,000 on Kickstarter to build out the space at the former La Plaza market on 22nd and Folsom streets into a permanent restaurant space.   They’re starting completely from scratch, down to installing a...