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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...

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...

Developments in Development: The city at work

Developments in Development is a “weekly” column recapping real estate, housing, planning, zoning and construction news. Here’s an example of why we need building inspectors: A new arrival on Valencia Street appears to have dipped its toes into the potential risks of nitrogen tanks instead of a relaxing float pool. A complaint received by the Department of Building Inspection indicates...

Farina’s SF restaurant empire collapses

The Farina restaurant group seems to have collapsed. The second of two restaurants in the company has been evicted. No pizzas appear to have been served at Farina Pizza on Valencia and 18th streets in recent weeks, and potential diners are met with conflicting messages in the window. One, a chalkboard sign, announces the restaurant is “now hiring” and another,...

Neighborhood Notes: MAPP, cookies, bikes, coffee, oh my!

Prefer to listen? It’s on our podcast — or right here. MAPP is this weekend! The Mission Arts and Performance Project, a monthly neighborhood-spanning event presenting live performances and visual art across media and venues, takes place Saturday, Dec. 2. Events this time include laughter yoga, anticapitalist comedy satire, Scottish soliloquy and more, across seven different venues . You can...

Sweep Report: Staying dry on Valencia

On Monday morning around 11 a.m., as the sky began to drizzle, David G. was packing bike wheels and baby wipes into cardboard boxes under the overpass at Valencia and Duboce, where he has been camping for the last year or so. “They never used bother us here,” David said, explaining that that police and Department of Public Works crews...
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Healthy Spirits brings craft spirits to Valencia Street

When Rami Barqawi opened his first Healthy Spirits store in the Castro in 1998, he never thought it would transform into a “destination” for high-end spirits. Back then, Healthy Spirits was just a name, and the items on the shelves were pure convenience-store stock. “It was butter and tampons and toilet paper,” he said. But, several years after opening, Barqawi’s...

SF politicians, bicyclists and others gear up for bike lane changes

Supervisor Hillary Ronen is living in fear. Her husband takes their young daughter to school nearly every day on the back of his bicycle and, nearly every day, she’s haunted by mental imagery of the two of them being doored or sideswiped or otherwise coming to grief on Valencia Street. San Francisco’s major cycling artery is also ground zero for...

SF Mission’s Vietnamese restaurant MAU reopens

Valencia Street Vietnamese joint MAU reopened on Wednesday. Nadim Heto, the restaurant’s general manager, said all the employees were invited back, and many returned. That includes the restaurant’s chef, Kai Dang, who returned from Saigon and Da Lat, Vietnam, with fresh culinary ideas. “We’ve kept the food that you love and are introducing new favorites,” Heto said. Mau closed in...

SF legislator to Uber, Lyft: Get out of the bike lane

San Francisco District 9 supervisor Hillary Ronen sent a letter to ride-hailing giants Uber and Lyft Tuesday, asking them to use geofencing technology to find safe places for pick-ups and drop-offs — and to test such a system on Valencia Street, notorious for ride-share cars blocking the bike lanes. “At this point, Valencia is completely out of control with bikes,...

Weston Wear shutters after 36 years in SF Mission

After 36 years in the Mission, Valencia Street boutique Weston Wear has shut its doors for good. “The last couple years have been really strange for retail,” said Julienne Weston, owner and founder of the boutique. “Everyone is changing habits for what they buy. They love their online.” Though she said e-commerce and consumer habits were partly to blame, Weston...

MAU not closing after all

Landlords of popular Valencia Street pho spot MAU reached out the restaurant and agreed to let it “continue on,” according to a note taped to its door Saturday — the day it was supposed to close for good. This follows the restaurant’s announcement last week that it would shutter due to rising rent and operational costs. The restaurant will still...

Popular pho spot MAU on Valencia Street closing Saturday

The Vietnamese restaurant MAU, located on 18th and Valencia streets, will be closing its doors Saturday. “Thank you for all your support and patronage over these last five years,” a note taped to its door read on Wednesday morning. The popular pho spot cited rising rent and operating costs as reasons for its closure, EaterSF reported, based on an earlier...