Valencia Street

Bar Tartine Owners’ Experimental New Restaurant Opens Today

Family style, Japanese-inspired meals will be served at the former Herbivore on Valencia near 21st street starting today – and the restaurant will also have chefs serve guests directly, eliminate tipping, and aim to drive its food waste down to zero.   Two “guides” will monitor the restaurant, but cooks will do most of the serving, “bridging the divide between dining room and...

Dog-Eared Books, Zeitgeist Added to Legacy Business Registry

Five more small businesses have joined the city’s Legacy Business Registry, including two in the Mission: Dog-Eared Books and Zeitgeist. The registry, which formally acknowledges selected small businesses for their impact on their surrounding communities, allows business owners the to apply for yearly Business Assistance Grants of $500 per employee (capped at 100 employees), and provides crucial leverage in negotiating...

Restaurant Patron Stabbed, Three Robbed in SF Mission

Police report a 36-year-old man was eating at a restaurant on Valencia Street near Duncan Street at 3:19 p.m. on Sunday when a 42-year-old man entered and began stabbing him with a knife. A tipster told SFist that the incident occurred in a Burger King and that other patrons feared for the victim’s life. The suspect fled the scene but was arrested, while...

Litquake to Shake Up the Mission’s Taste Buds Sunday

The small literary festival with its roots in the Mission stretching back 17 years will blossom into a cornucopia of food for thought this Sunday, October 9, when Litquake’s Eat, Drink and Be Literary comes to the Chapel. Every kind of food media character imaginable will be represented, from “gluten-free experts” to “sea foragers” and even a seven-time champion of the Grilled Cheese...

CCSF Students, Faculty Push Back on Accreditation Troubles

Faculty, staff, and students at the City College of San Francisco held a press conference on Wednesday to outline their concerns following the college’s years-old accreditation battle, which has damaged the college’s enrollment, school officials say. “If you think it’s hyperbole to say it’s a crime scene, it’s not,” said Tim Killikelly, president of the faculty union. Since 2012, the city college has experienced...

Staffing Woes Shutter Valencia St. Kebab Restaurant

One of the owners of Valencia & Kebab at 525 Valencia St. confirmed this week that the Mediterranean restaurant has shut its doors for good after just 10 months of business in the Mission. Emin Tekin co-owns the restaurant and two others – both called Kobani Mediterranean Grill, in the Marina and another in Berkeley. Tekin said that the restaurateurs...

Tz’utuhil Mayan Artist to Exhibit, Visit at Glama-Rama

An exhibition of paintings by Tz’utuhil Mayan artist, Diego Isaias Hernández Méndez from Guatemala, just opened at Glama-Rama on Valencia Street. The exhibition is entitled “The Maya Cosmos: Humans out of synch with the natural world.” It includes colorful oil paintings of the spirits that inhabit the Maya world but are often unseen by humans even though animals may realize...

Filming on Valencia St. to Block Parking Spaces

Cameras will be rolling inside of a private Valencia Street residence on Friday where scenes for an upcoming TV series, “Chance”, are set to be filmed. Featuring “House” star Hugh Laurie, “Chance” focuses on a San Francisco-based neuropsychiatrist and is slated to launch on October 19 on the streaming service Hulu. Flyers alerting Mission residents of the temporary filming activity indicate that...

Music, Makers and Civics at Sunday Streets

A somewhat blustery and slightly overcast day didn’t deter hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists from strolling or cruising along Valencia Street on Sunday. Live music in the streets and clouds of bubbles are hard to resist. But the civic engagement groups were particularly noticeable at this particular iteration of Sunday Streets as well, with both local political hopefuls and a plethora of...

SF Activists Call For Moratorium on SFPD Use of Force

Activists and community members gathered in front of Mission Police Station on Monday afternoon called on the San Francisco Police Department to prohibit its officers from using weapons and force of any kind against civilians for the next 90 days. Representatives of organizations advocating for homeless rights and against police brutality supported the moratorium and also called for a state...

Developments in Development: Game On

I’ve already made a stupid joke in this column about development, real estate, and gentrification not being a game when a game was made about it. But woe is me, I just heard about TWO new games about real estate and development – I jumped the gun! The fun thing is that the games are almost completely at odds in...

Transit Board to Mull Formalizing Median Parking in Mission District

Mission District churchgoers who park in the middle of Dolores street on Sundays may be getting legal sanction from the city to continue their practice as early as next week. The San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s board of directors will make a preliminary decision on Tuesday that could legalize the well-established but controversial practice of parking in the medians on...

SF Mission’s La Rondalla Closed

La Rondalla, the Mexican restaurant and cantina at 901 Valencia St., closed down quietly sometime last week and posted a handwritten note in its storefront window informing patrons of its closure. The inconspicuous note thanked the community for its patronage and appeared to have been posted some time before the weekend, but as of Monday, it had been taken down....