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Wash Quarters laundromat will close after a $7,000 rent hike

Patrons of the Wash Quarters Laundromat, which has been on Valencia Street for decades, will have to find another laundry as the owner can’t sustain a pending 140-percent rent hike. Laundry is simply not that profitable. “Who can reach in their pocket and say here’s an extra $7,000?” said Paul Fiol, the owner of Wash Quarters and a Mission District...
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New idea in SF? Manny’s, a bar for civic engagement at 16th and Valencia

Manny Yekutiel has done a lot of politics in his 28 years. He’s raised funds for the American Civil Liberties Union, briefed former President Barack Obama as a White House intern, and now works on Mark Leno’s mayoral campaign. But not until three weeks ago, when he signed the lease on 3092 16th Street — formerly V16 Sushi, on the...

After two years, Boogaloos reopens on Wednesday

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, after more than two years of dormancy, one of the Mission’s favorite brunch spots will reopen its doors. While its interior is a bit cleaner, with freshly painted walls and new flooring, its menu will be the same. Per a sign posted in its window, it will be serving all of its classic hits, including “Temple...

Neighborhood Notes: Valencia Street dryer fire, Mission Crit, and Equipto’s Timeless Cypher

Dryer Fire on Valencia St. A one-alarm fire caused by a couple of dryers at a laundromat near 19th and Valencia streets sent black smoke billowing onto the corridor at around 10:10 a.m. Friday. The fire was under control within five minutes, according to Acting Battalion Chief Mike Mullin, who was standing in front of the laundromat at 789 Valencia...

Permanent lemonade stand coming to Valencia St.

Young entrepreneurs, beware: by June, Valencia Street will be getting a permanent lemonade stand near the corner of 20th Street. Its name? Gourmonade. And it will serve the “the best, freshest, realest lemonade possible,” says Gourmande owner and founder, Vicktor Stevenson, who, in a past life, did “all things hair.” “I want people to taste lemon when they try my...

Sixty minutes in a sensory-deprivation tank on SF’s Valencia Street

When Reboot first popped up on Valencia Street a couple months ago, I was a bit skeptical: Its sleek, sterile decor suggested less a sensory-deprivation spa, and more a laboratory where I’d be guided to a back room, chloroformed and implanted with some sort of mind-control device. Luckily, that wasn’t the case this week when I decided to try a...

SF salad chain moving into La Rondalla space on Valencia

Mixt Greens, a salad chain with eight other locations in San Francisco — and two in Los Angeles — is moving into La Rondalla’s former space at the corner of 20th and Valencia streets in May. The location, with its international-orange paint job and iconic sign, has been vacant since the summer of 2016, when its owners quietly closed the...

Lyft moving pickups off parts of Valencia Street

Update (12:10 p.m.): Lyft confirmed Friday morning that the geofenced area does indeed span more than one block on Valencia, from 16th to 19th. Lyft rolled out a pilot program Thursday to move a certain percentage of its pickups on Valencia Street between 16th and 17th streets to a side street, Lyft spokesperson Chelsea Harrison confirmed Thursday in an email. The move,...

One-alarm fire on Valencia Street contained

A one-alarm fire broke out at on Valencia Street between 17th and 18th streets around 4:40 p.m. Monday. No one was injured or displaced, according to the San Francisco Fire Department. By 5:20 p.m., the fire was contained. The three-story building at 663 Valencia St. houses Indian Restaurant Curry Up Now on the ground floor and a small hotel, Hotel...

Calls to boycott Phoenix Pub after owner fires seven female employees

Signs have gone up in the Mission urging patrons to boycott the Phoenix Irish Pub on Valencia Street to protest a decision by its owner to fire seven female employees. The signs read: “Shitty business practices!! The owner fired entire female bar staff (not male staff) without any warning or reason and lied about closing the bar, only to reopen...

A Mexican grandmother’s dream fulfilled on Valencia Street

The three-month-old shop DCopper,  at 1017 Valencia St.,  has its roots in Santa Clara del Cobre, in Michoacán Mexico. It’s there, said DCopper’s owner, Andrea Vargas, that her grandmother, Felicitas Ornelas de Paz, snuck into the forge at a time when only men shaped copper. It would not be the first time that Ornelas de Paz ignored the rules. In...

Man attacks self-driving car in SF Mission

A man threw his body onto a self-driving car — a GM Cruise AV — causing a car vs. pedestrian collision at the intersection of 16th and Valencia streets earlier this month, the DMV reported Wednesday. Operating in “autonomous mode,” the Cruise AV was stopped at a green light, facing north on Valencia, waiting to make a right turn onto...

SF businesses continue to weigh their involvement with Four Barrel

Last Thursday, Grand Coffee owner Nabeel Silmi purchased an order of 60 pounds of roasted coffee from Four Barrel. A day later, the Chronicle reported that Four Barrel’s owner, Jeremy Tooker, was being accused of sexual harassment by eight women in a lawsuit filed the same day. Now, after seven years of doing business with the coffee roaster, Silmi says...

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...