July 27, 2014
Aroma Cafe on Larkin, between Turk and Eddy, is now Boba Delight.
Random shit happening in San Francisco's Tenderloin / TenderNob neighborhood.
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July 9, 2014
On Larkin, between Post and Geary and across the street from Little Henry’s, is a building that’s been boarded up for years. In the past few months, there’s been construction activity. Today, the boards were down and I was able to get a first peek at the new business.
Carlos Rocha, a professional UFC fighter with an impressive 9 wins under his Team Dárcio Lira black belt, is set to open, at the end of the month, the second bay area jiu-jitsu school under the Dárcio Lira name. His brother runs the first location out of Livermore.
Brazilian jiu-jitsu has an incredible storied history and its rich teachings flow like tributaries back to the Famous Five and, ultimately, Rolls Gracie. As Carlos told me, to study at his school is not just to exercise, is not just to learn fighting technique. It’s a holistic, mind and body, training and education.
The affable Rocha took time to explain to me some of Brazilian jiu-jitsus past and graciously invited me in to the building - still under construction but whose padded, orange floor is ready for grappling - for a quick work out. I couldn’t think of a worse idea for this out-of-shape body of mine.
What separates the Dárcio Lira school apart from the Gracie schools in the bay area, he told me, is he, Carlos, will “personally be in your corner.” So if you are to train and choose to compete, he will be there. This ain’t no Tae Bo class.
While we spoke, a Tenderloin police cruiser rolled up and an officer immediately recognized Rocha. The officer explained he studied jiu-jitsu elsewhere in the city and had to stop when he saw two men in gis standing on the sidewalk. Carlos extended the same offer to the officer, “you’re always welcome here. Just bring you gi.”
June 25, 2014
Ideal Auto retired in December and the building is getting a new tenant, called Great Useful Stuff. Great Useful Stuff has been an online-only SF shop selling home and lifestyle goods since 2010.
Larkin, between California and Pine.
June 25, 2014
NIMBYism in effect. An outpatient psychiatric care service that lives in the ‘Loin would like to move to lower Nob Hill. A meeting is planned tomorrow at Hotel Carlton to, what I assume, come up with a plan to stop the move, according to the time of the flyer. The official city meeting will be on July 15.