"now a popular pork-focused restaurant in the Upper Haight must close its doors Friday following months of failed negotiations with neighbors over neighborhood concerns about porcine aroma and grease disposal."
As Bacon Bacon closed its' doors last Friday, it seems as though many media outlets have picked up the story, including SNL's Weekend Update. Guest star Amy Poehler mentioned the pork shop but sadly made no mention of Cole Valley.
Are you out of the loop of what happened to Bacon Bacon and why they closed, read the full story via the SF Examiner.
Thanks to @olidreamer, we got tipped off that there might be an Italian restaurant and wine bar moving into the old Hama-Ko location on Carl Street. Hama-Ko, a delicious hole-in-the-wall sushi restaurant, closed it's doors fall 2012 and it has been vacant ever since. Recently, we saw some parchment paper go up on the windows which is a good sign that someone has rented it out and is starting to do construction. Hard to imagine how a new restaurant would look because it is such a small space. If anyone has any other information about what might this storefront be (more specifics), please mention us on Twitter, use the #colevalley, and let us know!
UPDATE: We now have gotten confirmation that there will indeed be a new Italian wine bar opening into the old Hama-Ko location on Carl Street. Perbacco's long-time wine director, Claudio Villani, is going off on his own to open a “contemporary enoteca” called InoVino. The small 30-seat spot will be going into 108 Carl Street —right across the street from the now ridiculously popular Padrecito. Villani says his inspiration for the business comes from this friendly, well-known Florentine panini spot called ‘ino. Villani is going to offer wines from all over the world (Greece, Spain, South America, Italy, France). The price of bottles will range from $25 to $65, and there will be at least 30 wines by the glass for $8 to $15. The menu will consist mostly of cheeses and charcuterie from local and international producers, along with crostini, bruschette, and crudo. Villani will spend next month in Italy for some more inspiration. He plans to open InoVino in July.
Source: SF Magazine
The Ice Cream Bar and Soda Fountain in Cole Valley has proposed a parklet!! What are your thoughts? Do you think it's a great idea, considering that The Ice Cream Bar has limited indoor seating and it would help create more business for them? Or do you think that Cole Valley is already tight on parking spaces that taking another 2 parking spaces (remember when SFMTA took a bunch on Carl Street due to N Judah Rail Replacement/Improvement Project??), that CV neighbors desperately need.
On Nextdoor, Ted Loewenberg from the Haight Ashbury Improvement Association invites you to write to DPW with your thoughts. He also invites you to CC him at tedlsf[at]sbcglobal[dot]net so he can provide feedback to the ICB.
A UCSF employee was robbed at run point last Friday (April 5th) around 5pm at Cole Street and Carmel Street. The victim was approached from behind and was ordered to hand over her belongings, including a backpack and iPhone, putting a black handgun to her side. The suspect was described as being 25-30 years old male who ran to a new model Ford.
Do you have any information on the robbery? Call SFPD or send tips via text message 415-575-4444.
As a neighborhood that prides itself on safety and being family-friendly, we at ColeValleySF are disturbed and hope that this is a one time incident. But regardless, those walking around be aware of your surroundings even in our hood., especially when you are checking your phone.
For more information about the robbery:
Check UCSF's blog post on personal safety tips:
UCSF plans to remove 60% of the non-native eucalyptus trees in Sutro Forest. The university has proposed the plan, with a detailed environmental impact report that is intended to improve the forest and decrease fire risk thinning out the trees. "We're developing a management plan to keep the forest beautiful, accessible to the community and safe for both own own campus and our neighbors," said UCSF Director of Community Relations, Barbara Bagot-Lopez.
Many neighbors, activists, and environmentalist are outraged, citing that UC's plan would cause irreparable damage to the century old grove. The forest has thrived for so many decades due to its' microclimate as being cool and moist. The forest promotes fog and blocks the wind. Dr. Mascaro, a professional ecologist stated that, "by thinning the forest and removing most of the understory vegetation, the management activity will open the canopy of the forest resulting in drier and hotter duff on the forest floor and a greater risk of fire." If that's the case then why does UCSF think that removing trees will decrease fire risk if Dr. Mascaro has proven otherwise.
Sutro Forest is a lovely place to just get away from the city's hustle and bustle. This past weekend I went for a walk in Sutro Forest (up to Mt. Sutro via the Stanyan Gate and out the Edgewood Gate). I noticed tons of orange blogs of paint on some of the trees. Supposedly, these trees might have been tagged because they might be in poor condition and likely to fall or drop a limb. Along with the orange blobs came hand written notes that said, "Please don't cut me down...". The notes suggested contacting UCSF Campus Planning, Attention Diane Wong before March 19th 2013. All public comments on UCSF's Draft Environmental Impact Report are due by March 19th (tomorrow). Do you have comments about UCSF's plan?! Write to them (even if it's after March 19th), UCSF needs to know our side of the story.
Address your notes to Ms. Lori Yamauchi, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Campus Planning.
Let's help to #SaveSutro! Sign the petition here!
There have been some recent changes to the former EOS corner on Carl and Cole. In the last week, blue paint has been added and just a few days ago the sign was added, "Padrecito." No news when Mamacita's brother restaurant will open but looks like it might be soon! Watch this space for more updates on the new Mexican restaurant coming to our quaint little neighborhood.
In the mean time, check out Mamacita's (in the Marina on Chestnut) website. Supposedly it is the "Best Mexican in the San Francisco Bay Area." Sounds promising!
UPDATE (via SF GrubStreet)
Looks like Padrecito won't be opening in February but now they are pushing it to March. Padrecito will be a more refined version of their original restaurant, Mamacita. No news on what the menu will consist of but they have been able to secure their liquor license so there will be sure to be very delicious drinks!
Many thanks to our follower, @MeghanCArnold, we got some great information about the possibility of adding a drive-thru window at the McDonald's at Haight and Stanyan. Many neighbors heard about this new addition to the somewhat sketch Micky D's at the monthly community meeting at the Park Police Station last night. Mr. C.C. Yin of Vacaville, supposedly a new owner of the franchise, thinks that adding a drive-thru will improve the neighborhood. Seems as though the community fought for this same proposition some 20 years back and now it looks like it's on the table once again.
So what do you think neighbors? Do you want a drive-thru McDonald's in the Haight or is it just fine the way it is. For those against the addition, make your voice heard! Blast on social media even email (you can contact the owner directly and tell him what you think! Email Mr. C.C. Yin.
Bacon Bacon, our friendly (and yummy) food truck turned neighborhood shop, needs your help! Bacon Bacon might have to close their doors due to complaints by two neighbors near Bacon Bacon. The bacon-obsessed food shop is collecting signatures from neighborhoods and bacon lovers everywhere to submit to SF City Planning in hopes of keeping the storefront on Frederick Street open for all to enjoy.
"Two neighbors near Bacon Bacon want to see our doors closed. We need your support"
We here at ColeValleySF have always supported local businesses, whether a food shop or a hair salon. We believe in the importance of locally owned storefronts because it really helps make the Cole Valley neighborhood, at let's face it San Francisco as a whole, a unique place to live. Even in our small nook, we have seen many local businesses fail but have also seen new ones thrive! We hope the our neighbors (that's you Upper Haight and Ashbury Heights...and I guess Frederick's Knob too) will see the appreciation and need for local businesses. So signing the petition to keep Bacon Bacon is not just about helping Bacon Bacon thrive but also to support local storefronts in general.
Go to Bacon Bacon's website and sign the petition to KEEP BACON BACON IN THE HAIGHT! We love you guys and hope you stick around!
ColeValleySF is a website dedicated to the Cole Valley neighborhood and its' residents. Here, we are a resource of information - everything Cole Valley (and sometimes a little bit Upper Haight and Inner Sunset).
The ColeValleySF Team is seeking volunteer writers! We want this blog to be the best it can be and need a few more cooks in the kitchen, if you know what we mean. We are looking for volunteers who have a good writing voice and are interested in writing about local neighborhood stories. Some story examples include:
All are welcome to apply, however we prefer those living in Cole Valley neighborhood, are good writers and have a general interest in Cole Valley and of course writing. We are looking for writers who can commit to a minimum 1-2 hours per month and maybe more if it works out.
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Join a Cole Valley Community Wide Hanukkah Festival at Grattan Playground on December 11th from 5:30 - 7:30 pm. Watch a spectacular fire show!!! Enjoy delicious latkas and donuts. Have your picture taken with Judah the Maccabee. Fun arts and crafts for kids. Live Music.