Tag Archives: food

Mission’s 12th ice cream shop offers gelato on wheels

Coletta Gelato’s Antonio Massimini and Henri Waltenspuhl have parked their custom-made gelato bike cart in the entrance to Harrington Galleries at Valencia and 17th, bringing the total count of ice cream stores in the Mission to a whopping 12. It’s one of several pop-up shops that will make appearances at the furniture store this summer, except, Massimini said, Coletta Gelato...

State yanks liquor license from delinquent restaurant Farina

State officials seized the liquor license of Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana on 18th and Dearborn streets and sold it at auction to cover nearly $275,000 in back taxes and penalties owed by the restaurant, according to a Board of Equalization notice. The license went on sale July 11 with a minimum bid of $225,000. A spokesperson for the California...

The New Oven of the Mission District

A parking lot in Cesar Chavez street is home to a white truck flying Firepie banners. From afar it looks like any other food-truck but this particular truck is an oven. Within it is a traditional Naples oak-burning oven that can reach up to 900 degrees to cook artisan pizzas in 90 seconds. The Firepie truck, says its owner, is filling...

Rumors of citizenship troubles keep immigrants from getting legal benefits

Immigrants who can’t afford to feed their families are facing hunger rather than accepting benefits that rumors tell them could put their hopes of becoming citizens in jeopardy, according to immigration attorneys and those who work with food benefits. “We have asylum seekers who are in homeless shelters and they haven’t accessed benefits because they’re afraid it’ll affect their case,”...

Listen Local: The Mission Community Market

Listen Local is Mission Local’s biweekly radio program. We broadcast live online at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning from 9:30 to 10:00. Now in its new home at the Placita, the Mission Community Market has been around for seven years as the neighborhood’s farmers market. But it is more than just another place to buy produce. We talk with Jeremy...

New bakery Kahnfections offers tasty, unpretentious snacks

Kahnfections, which opened its doors on 20th Street between Folsom and Shotwell streets for the first time on Friday, May 6, serves baked goods that are “honest, not pretentious and not really expensive,” according to owner and baker Judy Kahn. Kahn started Kahnfections five years ago as an online business that catered to large parties and ran it out of a...

Taqueria La Cumbre celebrates 50 years in the Mission

Taqueria La Cumbre, one of the pioneers of the Mission-style burrito, is celebrating 50 years of  making burritos in the Mission. Mission Local recently spoke to owner Edward Duran on everything from the inspiration for their first burritos to doing business in an ever-changing Mission District. La Cumbre’s story began in 1967, when Mexican immigrants Raul and Michaela Duran opened...

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 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....

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...

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...