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SF’s Mission will have seven cooking schools

Soon, the Mission will have seven cooking schools for the amateur chef. Civic Kitchen, co-founded by chefs and entrepreneurs Jen Nurse and Chris Bonomo, will take over at 2961 Mission St. Classes will start on Jan. 13 and there will be an open house for the community on Sunday, January 21 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Meanwhile, Chef Dan...

SF Four Barrel suspends business following sexual harassment allegations against founder

Four Barrel Coffee suspended business this weekend following sexual harassment allegations by eight women against the coffee company’s owner, Jeremy Tooker, that were revealed Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, the Valencia store sat locked and dormant with a note taped to its door: “We are closed today, taking care of each other,” the note reads. “You’ll hear from us soon.”...

Four Barrel sexual harassment allegations spook some customers and employees

On Friday afternoon a pall had been cast over Four Barrel Coffee, where employees and customers expressed varying degrees of disappointment and wariness upon hearing that former employees of the coffee roaster had accused its founder of sexual assault. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the story Friday afternoon. The lawsuit, filed Friday in San Francisco Superior Court, alleges that...

SF teacher says she was tricked into ‘I Am Not a Monster’ BART campaign

When Nancy Ana Lucero discovered that her picture appeared in an “I Am Not a Monster” ad at the 16th and Mission BART station, she was furious. It was sometime in September, she recalled; a fellow educator had called her to let her know. “I was shocked,” she told Mission Local in a recent interview. “I thought it was really...

Meet the woman turning a nonprofit into a developer of affordable housing

In her four years working in the real estate arm of the Mission Economic Development Agency, Karoleen Feng has played a key role in turning the program from an idealistic aspiration into a major player in the neighborhood’s housing scene. A year or two ago, Feng said, the nonprofit didn’t much impress the local development community. “I was talking to...

While the East Bay gets baked, SF waits to inhale

Five minutes after Love Shack opened its door at noon Monday, the doorman had already turned away more than 10 people wanting to buy marijuana for recreational use. Outside Purple Star MD, for about every three customers who flashed their medical license, one recreational aspirant was turned away. “Do you still need a card to get in here?” one young man...

Cosmetology school closes permanently

Clients looking for a new look that’s easy on the wallet may be in for an unpleasant surprise: The San Francisco College of Cosmetology, on Mission Street near 16th, appears to have permanently closed its doors. The space bears a large “for lease” banner and a sign in the door hints at perhaps an abrupt closure: Dear Students: San Francisco...

Fort Point brewpub can open at 20th and Shotwell

Planning Commissioners on Thursday narrowly approved a proposal for a microbrewery and restaurant inside the building currently owned and used by bagmaker Timbuk2 at 20th and Shotwell streets. The approval is contingent on the brewpub operator mitigating noise from the pub and smell from the brewing, closing at 10 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends, having a loading zone...

Disillusioned with the Cuban Revolution, he ends up running a surrealist cafe in San Francisco

Radio Habana Social Club sits tucked away on 1109 Valencia St., its blue awning faded and its windows covered with flyers and posters. Except for a small neon “open” sign, you might miss it. But on a Friday night,  it is standing room only in the tiny café. If you weren’t paying attention, you might also miss Victor Navarrete. Navarrete...

Collaborative hackerspace Noisebridge faces displacement from SF Mission

Noisebridge, the renowned hackerspace that’s been in the Mission for nine years, will “almost certainly” have to leave its Mission Street space by August 2018, when its lease expires. “Despite our best efforts to fly under The Storm, The Great San Francisco Reckoning has finally fallen upon us, and Noisebridge is staring displacement in the face in 2018,” wrote the...

Old beer tradition and new beer culture at 10-year-old Monk’s Kettle

Flip open the slender leather-bound volume on the bar at Monk’s Kettle and you’re liable to find yourself awash in beers — but if you’re like me and you haven’t been swept up by the IPA craze and aren’t sure what a Trappist is, never fear. Monk’s Kettle set out a decade ago to become a neighborhood tavern and, for...

Furniture refinishers pack up to leave SF Mission

Come January, you won’t be able to take your water-stained, dinged-up or weathered wooden furniture to Alabama Street for rejuvenation anymore. J&L Refinishing Corp, on Alabama Street between 19th and 20th streets since 1988, will be packing up ahead of its deadline to leave — the company has been asked to vacate by the end of February. While Jia Yan,...

Linea Caffe’s limited seating is about to become more limited

Linea Caffe on 18th St. and San Carlos St. promises “the world’s finest coffee” for the Mission, but it has also gotten into a bit of a spat with neighbors who say the cafe’s outdoor seating encroaches into the middle of the sidewalk. Not to fear, the Department of Public Works is on the case. Code article 5.2 allows cafes...

Mixed feelings in SF Mission Chinese community about Ed Lee’s legacy

Members of the Mission District Chinese community reacted with varying degrees of surprise, sadness and bitterness to the sudden death of Mayor Ed Lee, who collapsed from an apparent heart attack on Monday at around 10:30 p.m. while shopping at the Safeway near his home in Glen Park. “I was so shocked this morning,” Tina Tsang, who owns City Discount...

It’s over: SF Retro Fit, long a place to find quirky cool, will close

Retro Fit, the place where customers could find the best costume, the coolest sunglasses or prettiest vintage purse, will close. Steven LeMay, the owner, said he has to be out by Dec. 17, so there’s no Christmas for Retro Fit. LeMay tells the story best in the video, above. In short, Retro Fit is being pushed out of its space...