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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.

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Pizza Pino has reopened and, as I suspected, updated the menu during their interior remodel. It’s now called La Mama Pizza and Kitchen, serving Tunisian and Moroccan food. So drunk pizza by night, legit cuisine by day.

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August 9, 2014

Pizza Pino has reopened and, as I suspected, updated the menu during their interior remodel. It’s now called La Mama Pizza and Kitchen, serving Tunisian and Moroccan food. So drunk pizza by night, legit cuisine by day.

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Clark’s on Jones, between Bush and Sutter.


clarksunicornemporium.com

Author: snapshotist

August 8, 2014

Clark’s on Jones, between Bush and Sutter.


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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.

Author: snapshotist

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.

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July 27, 2014

Construction Update: Summer 2014 Edition

The Chairman
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.

Hair salon
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.

Tádanado Dojo
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.

Pizza Pink
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 ]

Unknown bakery
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.

Unknown restaurant
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.

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Harrington Harry’s on the corner of Turk and Larkin is undergoing a management change. Hopefully the bar isn’t going to change. Crusty locals bars are an endangered species in this city.

Author: snapshotist

July 27, 2014

Harrington Harry’s on the corner of Turk and Larkin is undergoing a management change. Hopefully the bar isn’t going to change. Crusty locals bars are an endangered species in this city.

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Murasaki Furniture has closed. Pine, between Larkin and Polk.

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July 27, 2014

Murasaki Furniture has closed. Pine, between Larkin and Polk.

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July 27, 2014

The Loin Store on Eddy, between Larkin and Polk, just moved to their new location on Larkin, between Geary and Post.

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Aroma Cafe on Larkin, between Turk and Eddy, is now Boba Delight.

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July 27, 2014

Aroma Cafe on Larkin, between Turk and Eddy, is now Boba Delight.

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Spirits in the Flesh Tattoo has left their Pine Street spot and moved to Larkin, between Geary and Post, sandwiched between  The Magazine and The Outsider.

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July 24, 2014

Spirits in the Flesh Tattoo has left their Pine Street spot and moved to Larkin, between Geary and Post, sandwiched between The Magazine and The Outsider.

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Have you seen Homer around?

Author: snapshotist

July 15, 2014

Have you seen Homer around?

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Have you seen this missing woman?

Author: snapshotist

July 13, 2014

Have you seen this missing woman?

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You won’t miss a single second of the World Cup final at Iron & Steam’s walk-up espresso. Polk between California and Pine.

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July 13, 2014

You won’t miss a single second of the World Cup final at Iron & Steam’s walk-up espresso. Polk between California and Pine.

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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.”

Author: snapshotist

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.”

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The dramz has been heating up in the ‘hood lately.

Author: snapshotist

July 8, 2014

The dramz has been heating up in the ‘hood lately.

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