August 17, 2014
New mural coming to the wall along Larkin between Eddy and Turk.
Random shit happening in San Francisco's Tenderloin / TenderNob neighborhood.
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August 14, 2014
Infotech Solutions, the computer shop on California, between Polk and Larkin closed up shop, making it the last of the tenants in that entire building (the hotel Doral residents were booted recently). City permits note the following about the building owner’s upcoming renovation:
CONSTRUCTN PHASE CHANGES UNDER APP#201308164598. 1) CONVERT PART OF GROUND FLR COMMERCIAL SPACE B TO LOUNGE FOR EXCLUSIVE USE OF SRO RESIDENTS. 2) UPGRADE DISABLED ACCESS TO ALL GROUND FLR. COMMERCAIL SPACE 3) MODIFY SRO EGRESS BY ADDING FIRE ESCAPE & EXIT PASSAGE & DELETING NON-COMPLYG STAIR.
Additionally, they’re performing soft story seismic upgrades that are required by law as of a couple years ago. A necessary annoyance many of us are living through right now, including yours truly. Oh how I can’t wait to have 7am sleep back!
As I noted before, the laundry service in that building moved across the street.
July 29, 2014
Forgot to include this in my construction post. The Chevy’s that used to be on Van Ness looks to be getting a new business. Two walk in fridges have been installed, along with some new interior walls. Action started sometime in mid June. All I could see from the permits is this will be a new, non-formula retail restaurant.
July 27, 2014
Construction Update: Summer 2014 Edition
Larkin between Eddy and Ellis
The Chairman’s Asian street food restaurant is coming along. Wood boards are down and people are actively working on the interior.
Larkin between O’Farrell and Ellis
The spot of the 80s glamorous Venezuela Hair Salon, a new salon is under construction. Looks to be slow going.
Larkin between Post and Geary
The jiu-jitsu school from Carlos Rocha threw up a sign and people are actively working on getting the interior ready for the expected end of the month opening.
California between Polk and Larkin
The meh pizza and sandwich shop that caters heavily to a drinking crowd is undergoing a second, more extreme renovation. Interior was entirely gutted and the exterior is looking so different, it may be a completely different type of restaurant when it reopens. Active construction.
Lefty’s Fresh Spin
Corner of Polk and Pine
This hof brau house has been trying to get off the ground for years now. A few months ago, the exterior walls were ripped off and some interior construction had begun, but in the last week or so, things seemed to have shut down. They also broke some of the glass windows from Bryson’s Candy - bummer. Hope they weren’t historical! [ http://m.sf.curbed.com/archives/2014/02/07/old_sign_reveals_candy_factory_history_on_polk_street.php ]
Larkin between Sutter and Post
I was able to get a peek into the bakery last week and it’s coming along nicely with subway-tiled walls. Actively under construction.
Corner of Post and Larkin
I’ve reported on this many times, the last of which mentioned construction had stopped. In the last month, things have picked up again, but seemingly not at the furious pace as before and the lease signs are still up, suggesting it still doesn’t have a business to move in.
Luisa’s Pizza and Pasta
California between Polk and Larkin
The scourge of many locals, Luisa Hanson’s yet-another-restaurant attempt has been slowly coming together for the past couple months and just today had a visit from the fire department (didn’t see smoke and the fire fighters checked inside and then left). Active construction.
The Hot Spot / 2Lips
Market between Van Ness and Polk
The bar was supposed to return in February and the construction boards came down a few months ago, but the windows are still covered in plastic and there’s no front door. Construction has seemed halted for months now.
Photos (top to bottom):
The Chairman Bao, Venezuela Hair Salon, Tádanado Dojo, Pizza Pino, Lefty’s Fresh Spin, unknown bakery, unknown restaurant, Luisa’s Pizza and Pasta.