El Valenciano for sale, new restaurant opening on Valencia


One old restaurant is on the block, while a new one is preparing to open on Valencia Street.

Spanish restaurant and dance club El Valenciano is listed for sale in a Craigslist ad that describes a “fantastic opportunity to purchase a well-established part bar, part Spanish restaurant & part dance club with weekly salsa nights & regular DJs. in hot Inner Mission location.” The owners are asking $525,000 for the approximately 4,500-square-foot business, which has been around since at least the mid-1990s. El Valenciano is at 1153 Valencia St., between 22nd and 23rd.

Roughly eight blocks north, a new restaurant called Brown Sugar Factory is slated to open at 525 Valencia St., according to a Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control notice posted in its window. The spot was previously home to the short-lived Valencia & Kebab.


It’s unclear what kind of food  Brown Sugar Factory will be serving.

Attempts to track down the officer and shareholder listed on restaurant’s pending beer and wine license were not successful.

Reached by phone, Bawer Tekin, who ran sister restaurant Hayes & Kebab, which has been closed since September, said his brother oversaw the Valencia Street location and so he did not himself have details of new owner. Tekin agreed to pass along my phone number if possible, but said his brother had been experiencing health problems and would likely not feel up to talking.

Man, 38, killed in Valencia Street shooting (updated)

UPDATE 11 a.m.: Capp Street Crap reader Josh tells me he was on his way to eat at Burma Love when police stopped him outside the police tape. He said he counted 10 police cars and six officers near the door of the restaurant.

The Valencia Street shooting was one of two homicides on Thursday. According to police, a 39-year-old man was killed and a 41-year-old woman injured in a shooting on the 200 block of Golden Gate Avenue at around 5:15 p.m.

ORIGINAL POST: A 38-year-old man is dead following a shooting on Valencia Street Thursday evening, police said.

The unidentified victim was found with a gunshot wound on the 200 block of Valencia Street just before 6:30 p.m., according to San Francisco Police spokesman Robert Rueca. He was taken to an area hospital but was dead on arrival.

Police are looking for a 35-year-old suspect in the killing but as of this morning had made no arrests, Rueca said.

The 200 block of Valencia, between Duboce Avenue and Clinton Park, remained taped off for more than a hour Thursday night. The block is home to Burma Love and Fred’s Liquor, among other businesses.

Closure alert: Vintage furniture store The Touch is calling it quits

A move to escape soaring commercial rents on Valencia Street was apparently not enough to save neighborhood furniture store The Touch.

The antique furniture store, which relocated to 2221 Mission St., near 18th, in 2013, is having a close-out sale today. An ad for the 75-percent-off sale says The Touch’s owner, David Chen, is closing the store due to a large rent increase. Chen “has decided to move on to another endeavor.” Yelp already lists the store as closed.

The Touch was previously at 956 Valencia St. for 11 years, but moved after their building’s new owner raised the rent from $6,100 to $16,000 a month, according to an October 2013 Mission Local article.

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The Mission’s new urban escape


Take it all in, the greenery, the lake. Who says you have to go all the way to Golden Gate Park to get lost in nature?

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Corona Extra and extra and extra and extra


Litter of beer bottles at 18th and Lexington streets.

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Pizza our hearts: Pauline’s is for sale


UPDATE 12/8/16: Friend of Capp Street Crap and volunteer editor Jeff spoke with Pauline’s owner this week who told him that it’s been tough to find affordable employees who care about the craft. She also noted that she is 70 years old and is done after running Pauline’s for 34 years.

The good news? She said the restaurant will remain open until she finds a buyer and would love to find someone who could keep the restaurant going.

: In a blow to pizza lovers and families with young kids, Mission staple Pauline’s Pizza has been listed for sale.

On Sunday night, an ad popped up on Craigslist that lists a sale price for the restaurant and wine bar of $150,000. Pauline’s, known for thin-crust pizzas and creative toppings that were often dependent on what was good in the restaurant’s organic gardens, has been in business at 260 Valencia St. since 1985. The restaurant has also long had a tradition of stocking their tables with containers of crayons, giving patrons young and old a chance to doodle on paper-covered tablecloths while they waited for their food.

It is unclear why Pauline’s has decided to sell. The restaurant is regularly closed on Sundays and Mondays and emails sent through Facebook and to an address listed on the Pauline’s website were not returned. Reached by phone, a broker with Laurel Realty, which is listed on the ad, declined to comment on what led to the decision.

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Giving a damn

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Sometime this week, a “giving wall” went up near one of the entrances to the BART station at 16th and Mission streets. As of Friday, it had already collected a few items of clothing.

Evidently, there are seven so-called giving walls in the U.S. You can find out more about the project through The Giving Walls website.

ICYMI on Facebook …


We’re with you on the Dakota Access Pipeline, but huh?

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One techie’s trash …


Startup powered down?

Submitted by Sandheep who says:

If you were wondering whether techies have changed the Mission, look no further than the latest giveaway on Capp Street. A server rack. That’s what Missionites are throwing out these days. On Capp Street. Jesus.

Trouble bubbling again at former Fizzary location?


The alleged Mission Street gambling den that Capp Street Crap reported on extensively last year appears to have returned.

According to a Mission Local article that cites unnamed neighbors, the same gambling operation that ran out of the former site of The Fizzary soda shop at 2949 Mission St. is back and using the Lilac Street-facing portion of the building for all-night parties. From the article:

Parked cars clog the narrow Lilac Alley that runs behind the building, their occupants entering and leaving the den to gamble, play pool, drink, and solicit prostitutes. The parties generally begin after midnight on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The activity keeps some neighbors up until dawn.

“There’s been fights in the back alley, people urinating, vomiting,” said one neighbor. “There’s no parking in the back alley. All these people park back there, honking all night long and it’s hard to sleep.”

Vacant for months with a “for lease” sign out front, 2949 Mission St. was the subject of complaints throughout fall 2015 after former Fizzary owner Taylor Peck said he unwittingly subleased to a couple who claimed to want space to run their vitamin business. There was a shooting at the former Fizzary, multiple police raids at the Mission Street property, and the situation got so tense that Peck ultimately vandalized the front of the building in hopes of forcing authorities to do something about the problems inside. Peck was evicted and the subtenants forced out in January.

Mission Local’s recent article also quoted a neighbor who believed the operation had relocated to Capp Street before returning to its old location.

Back in May, several Mission neighbors told me a gambling operation did in fact appear to be going on in a warehouse near 23rd and Capp streets. One woman told me that two months prior, she saw what looked like gambling machines being hauled into the warehouse and that a neighbor told her it was the same people associated with the problems at The Fizzary.

The woman, who didn’t want to give her name, said that noise had not been an issue, but that people often stood outside the warehouse door late at night calling on their cellphones to be let in. Two security cameras had recently been installed near the warehouse’s entrance.

I attempted to talk to a woman waiting outside the building one afternoon but she ignored me, and ultimately turned her back on me. I left my phone number with a woman who eventually opened the door to let her in, but received no response.

I’ve spoken to the woman since and she told me that whoever was using the warehouse appeared to have left.

Now in Los Angeles, Peck expressed amazement that the problems have returned.

“My thoughts go out to the neighbors… Great folks that shouldn’t need to tolerate this,” he wrote in an email. “A lesson in neighbor unity and rallying for a common cause…we tried and felt fairly isolated in our pursuits.”

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