Tag Archives: food

Bissap Baobab is Back with “Sundays at the Village”

On a rainy Sunday, the windows at Little Baobab fogged up with aromatic steam from rice, fish, and bean cake. Latin beats floated through the walls. Jewelry and colorful printed fabrics were stacked high. Feet tapped on the floor and two friends danced in the front of the band. It was a Sunday at the Village – a new weekly event at...

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...

Tech Worker, Tired of Screens, Opening Mission Restaurant

A new Middle Eastern restaurant is opening on Mission Street in the next nine months, and its owner is a former software developer who is done with the tech world. “You work behind a screen for 10–15 years, you lose your mind,” said Monti Majthoub, a software engineer turned first-time restaurant owner who plans to open up a Middle Eastern...

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...

Cha Cha Cha Restaurant in Mission Gets New Owner

Cha Cha Cha on Mission Street is changing hands, according to its former owner. But the Caribbean restaurant will remain as-is and all staff will be kept on, its new owner said on Thursday. Irfan Yalcin — the owner of both L’Emigrante wine bar at 2199 Mission St. and Urban Fish at 2139 Mission St. on the corner with 18th Street,...

Former Minako Sushi to Become Naan N Curry

The shuttered former organic sushi restaurant Minako is set to become an Indian restaurant in a few weeks. The proprietor of Naan N Curry, Muzaffar Hussain, has secured a permit to put together the new restaurant and is hoping to open by the end of next week. Hussain said the new location will blend Indian food classics like curries and biryani with...

24th Street’s Pig & Pie To Close

Comfort food, pies, and pork products are about to take their leave from 24th Street after four years when Pig & Pie closes on July 31, its owners have announced. “The unpredictablility of restaurant life is extra challenging with two little ones in diapers,” the owners wrote in a sign posted in the window. “We’re so grateful to this community for its...

Wise Sons Closes for a Week of Renovations

Wise Sons Deli on 24th Street near and Shotwell Street has closed its doors for a week starting July 18th to do a bit of sprucing up. With nearly five years of seven-days-a-week service, the interior was in need of some renovation, a spokesperson said. In the works: updated outdoor seating, a few changes to the interior main dining room, and some...

National Donut Day Fix: Art at Dynamo

As it is National Donut Day, we should mention that Dynamo Donuts and Coffee has on display a variety of charming artworks by Alexandra Blum and Cecile Robles-Blum, who happen to also be the wife and daughter of local artist Calixto Robles. The whole family was displaced by a fire at his apartment in April of 2015 but continues to make...

Bar and Restaurant “Evil Eye” to Open in Former Coco Frio Space

Restauranteurs Matt and Piper Norris will open their cocktail and small-plate spot called Evil Eye at 2937 Mission Street on Thursday, June 2, they announced in a press release. Capp Street Crap first broke the news of what would go in to the space formerly occupied by Coco Frio, a Caribbean restaurant whose owner closed it after less than half a year when his...

Balompie to Close Until 2017 for Retrofit

The pupusa purveyors at Balompie, located on 18th and Capp streets, have announced must close for at least six months while seismic retrofits are performed in the building, potentially costing the staff of around 20 people their jobs. May 29 will be the business’ last day of operations, until the restaurant reopens sometime in 2016. Business owner Amadeo Gonzalez said his landlords notified him at the...

Developments in Development: Meet in the Middle

Meet in the middle! So says this writer for Fortune, calling on the tech industry to make an effort avoid turning Silicon valley into a “tech monoculture” while also denouncing San Francisco’s perpetually slow planning process. I assume his word limit kept him from elucidating what, exactly, such a collaborative effort to dismantle the planning processes and rent control (?)...

Chicks and Love Pizza Coming to Former Rainbow Grocery Cafe

Rainbow Grocery’s cafe, shuttered since mid-February, is undergoing renovation at the hands of Vanda Chong and Kellie Joe, who run an organic pizza company that has been making regular appearances at East Bay farmers markets for the past five years. Known for its gluten-free crusts and vegan-friendly options, the pizzeria will take shape as a food cart and bench area and is projected...

Food- and Farm-Themed Film Festival Coming to SF Mission This Weekend

The fourth annual Food and Farm Film Fest is coming to the Roxie Theater this weekend, courtesy of the Mission’s Bi-Rite Market and 18 Reasons, a nonprofit community cooking school that offers a variety of paid and free cooking and nutrition classes. Attendees will have their pick of 20 short and feature-length films ranging from documentary to narrative to animated, many of...

Years After Fire, Little Baobab Will Reopen Friday

Free of boards and nails, the two large windows at Little Baobab that once concealed a packed and uninhibited dance floor behind red curtains will reopen on Friday night to operate as a late-night take-out stop, serving crepes and African wraps. Though Little Baobab is no longer a dance venue (that portion of the operation has moved to the adjoining Bissap Baobab), owner Marco...