Look who’s back. Sunflower’s Valencia side reopened
April 17, 2017
Closed for more than three years, Sunflower’s Valencia Street space is finally back. A walk by the restaurant Friday night found 506 Valencia’s Street’s neon sign lit once again and the Vietnamese restaurant full of customers. One of the servers told me the restaurant reopened more than a week ago.
Sunflower shut its doors in September 2014 with no explanation, leading many to wonder whether that was it for the restaurant, a neighborhood favorite for cheap, good Vietnamese food. A few months later, ‘Pan Asia’ was added to the Valencia Street sign and the tinier, adjoining portion of the restaurant, which has its entrance on 16th Street, reopened about a year later.
Croak joke: Mission ‘frog sanctuary’ quietly dedicated
April 16, 2017
The fact that frogs — or maybe just one very noisy one — moved into the watery pit that was once a three-story apartment building and indoor shopping plaza at 22nd and Mission streets has been an endless source of neighborhood amusement. Now, one prankster has taken the comedy a step further — by placing a plaque to mark the so-called “Mission Memorial Frog Sanctuary.”
The plaque, which a neighbor tells me showed up on the fence surrounding the property at least a week ago, pays respect to the businesses and residents who lost their home in a January 2015 four-alarm fire. It also weaves an alliteration-laden tale about the frogs and their err, resurrection. Just in time for Easter.
“Pilot” for Mission-themed ‘94110’ debuts
April 3, 2017
Back in 2015, fliers popped up in the neighborhood advertising a casting call for a supposed pilot about “six leading technology executives living, learning and loving together in San Francisco’s Mission District.” KQED pegged it as a possible prank, and well it quite likely is one, but now you get to see the end product – if you can stomach it.
New fliers went up around the Mission last week – awfully close to April Fool’s Day – advertising the debut of “94110.” The show’s pilot, complete with a disarming laugh track, was uploaded to YouTube on April 2. I found it quite painful to watch but, hey, judge for yourself.
[Photo via Jeff]
Thrifty town no more. San Francisco’s beloved Thrift Town is gone
March 29, 2017
A victim of increased costs and slumping sales, Thrift Town has closed its doors after 45 years.
On Tuesday, Mission Mission broke the news that the beloved Mission thrift store, 2101 Mission at 17th Street, was closing citing a tipster who said Thrift Town’s last day of business was Friday. However, the store ended up shuttering days earlier, sometime on Wednesday.
A visit to the store around 5:30 p.m. found a small group of people standing outside Thrift Town’s locked front gate lamenting the store’s loss and reading a note from the management posted in the front window. Fliers reading “I left my heart at Thrift Town San Francisco” were plastered on the front and a man who showed up and said he was an employee there to pick up his final check.
Management’s type note, which lists an initial closing date of the 31st that was crossed out and replaced with the 29th, said the management worked with the landlord, who gave them a rent reduction, but it wasn’t enough to compensate for lagging sales.
“The retail landscape is changing drastically and despite our exhaustive efforts to meet the on-going challenges of increased costs and declining sales, we are unable [to] generate the sales necessary to sustain our long-standing business in San Francisco. We have fought hard to save our beautiful San Francisco store because we deeply believe in our people, our community and our mission” the note reads.
“The building’s ownership has been very helpful and has tried very hard to work with us on ways to keep our doors open including a rent reduction. However insufficient sales and increasing external costs made Thrift Town’s situation unsustainable.”
Here is the whole message from Thrift Town management:
It is with heavy heart that we share that Thrift Town – San Francisco is closed as of 3/29/2017. Thrift Town is a 45-year-old family business that is fully committed to our shared vision of making a difference every day.
We have probably been a part of the San Francisco community since 1972, and we are grateful for each and every customer who has shopped our fabulous two-story, iconic Thrift Town store located in the heart of the Mission District. The memories are many and nobody is sadder than us.
The retail landscape is changing drastically and despite our exhaustive efforts to meet the on-going challenges of increased costs and declining sales, we are unable [to] generate the sales necessary to sustain our long-standing business in San Francisco. We have fought hard to save our beautiful San Francisco store because we deeply believe in our people, our community and our mission.
The building’s ownership has been very helpful and has tried very hard to work with us on ways to keep our doors open including a rent reduction. However insufficient sales and increasing external costs made Thrift Town’s situation unsustainable.
Thrift Town is not going out of business. Its five additional California locations, including two in the East Bay and three in the Sacramento area, will remain open. Thrift Town also has stores in Texas and New Mexico which continue to thrive. Thrift Town’s San Francisco employees will be encouraged to apply for positions in one of our other locations should that option suit their circumstances.
We greatly appreciate the dedication of our crew and the loyalty of the San Francisco community over these past four and a half decades. Together, we have truly made an impact on our local community by keeping millions of pounds of usable items out of our local landfills, and helping to raise over 23 million dollars of much-needed funding for our local nonprofit partners, past and present including The Arc San Francisco, Life-house, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Bay Area.
We will miss San Francisco, our crew, customers and community greatly. We salute everyone for their time, commitment, dedication and loyalty to Thrift Town over the past many years.
Thrift Town Management
Norquist Salvage Corporation.
Missed connections: Capp/16th. You were out of this world
March 28, 2017
San Francisco, sanctuary for all.
[Spotted by Trav on the bulletin board at Rainbow Grocery]
Quite the package
March 21, 2017
Because unruly didn’t have quite the same sex appeal?
Restaurant beat: Cha Cha Cha wants live music
March 20, 2017
Under new ownership since late fall, Cha Cha Cha is trying something new: live music.
The tapas restaurant, at 2327 Mission St., has applied for a permit that would allow Cuban bands to play there several times a month.
Irfan Yalcin, who bought the restaurant last year and also owns nearby L’Emigrante and Urban Fish, had not responded to a message left for him Sunday.
Maggie Weiland, deputy director of the San Francisco Entertainment Commission, provided some details. Cha Cha Cha is applying for what’s known as a limited live performance permit, meaning the entertainment must end by 10 p.m.
The restaurant plans to host bands, comprised of four to five members with no extra sound amplification, Weiland said. Music will take place Sunday afternoons and on some evenings.
Cha Cha Cha’s hearing before the entertainment commission is on April 4.
[Photo by Jeremy Brooks/Flickr]
Man dead after shooting at 19th and Capp (updated)
March 17, 2017
UPDATE 3/24/17: Two San Francisco residents have been arrested in the killing of a 44-year-old man in the Mission last week, police said.
Jose Mejia-Carrillo, 22, and Alexis Cruz-Zepeda, 23, have charged with murder and conspiracy in connection with the shooting of Jorge Martinez, according to Giselle Talkoff, a spokeswoman for the San Francisco Police Department.
A San Bruno resident, Martinez was found lying on the sidewalk near 19th and Capp Streets on March 17. He was shot multiple times, Talkoff said.
The two suspects were arrested on Tuesday near 19th and Church streets, she said.
UPDATE 1:43 p.m.: The San Francisco Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the victim as Jorge Martinez, 44, of San Bruno.
ORIGINAL POST: A 43-year-old man was shot and killed early Friday morning near intersection of 19th and Capp streets, police said.
The shooting occurred around 12:45 a.m., according to Robert Rueca, a spokesman for the San Francisco Police Department. The unidentified man was taken to the hospital but was dead on arrival.
A neighbor, who didn’t want to give his name, said the victim was shot just next to the Royal Cuckoo Market on 19th street. Nearby restaurant and dance club Bissap Baobab was closed at the time.
Still shaken this morning, the neighbor said he did not recognize the victim.
“I heard two shots [from] my room. I was lying down. I came out and there was a guy laying in a pool of blood,” he said.
“The cops came,” said the neighbor, who estimated police were on the scene until at least four or five in the morning. “It was insane.”
Police said the shooter was a man, but had no additional suspect information.
“Brown Sugar Factory” debuting on Valencia
March 14, 2017
Valencia Street’s newest restaurant Brown Sugar Factory is scheduled to open today and Capp Street Crap got a look recently at a draft menu.
An employee at the new restaurant, described as Asian fusion, told me yesterday that Brown Sugar Factory should be open for business this afternoon. At 525 Valencia St., the spot was previously home to Valencia & Kebab.
Report of armed, barricaded person shuts down Valencia (updated)
March 10, 2017
UPDATE 3/13/17: The incident involving an armed and barricaded suspect that shut down parts of Valencia Street for hours Friday started with a visit from a pest control company, police said.
Shortly before 2 p.m., an exterminator and the manager of the building, on the 500 block of Valencia Street, went to Samantha Helstrom’s second floor unit, and she opened the door and pointed a handgun at them, said San Francisco Police Sgt. Michael Andraychak.
As negotiators communicated with Helstrom, 57, from the street, she stepped out of her apartment at around 6:45 p.m., confronting officers in the hallway and stating several times, “kill me,” Andraychak said. When Helstrom advanced, the officers fired less-than-lethal weapons, striking her with foam batons, he said.
Helstrom went back into her apartment where she remained until just after 9 p.m. when she stepped out and surrendered, Andraychak said. She was booked on suspicion of criminal threats, a felony, and brandishing a weapon, a misdemeanor.
ORIGINAL POST: An armed person has been barricaded for hours this afternoon in a building near 16th and Valencia streets, according to police, who have shut surrounding blocks down.
As of about 5 p.m., Valencia Street remained taped off between 15th and 18th streets. A hostage negotiating team began attempting to contact the armed suspect, who is barricaded in a building between 16th and 17th streets, sometime before 3 p.m., police said.
According to Mission Local, which spoke with neighbors, the subject is a woman and she is inside the Crown Hotel, at 528 Valencia. Below is a video from a patron of nearby Thanh Tam II who said the Vietnamese restaurant was on lockdown until police told people to run out.
Cops told us we were “in line of fire” of SF #Valencia lockdown then had us run into street by ourselves pic.twitter.com/eKEuUTvNPv
— Rebecca Pierce (@aptly_engineerd) March 10, 2017