Royal Cuckoo Market’s big Planning Commission hearing is this Thursday


Here’s the deal, from an message to their mailing list earlier this week:

Dear friends and neighbors of The Royal cuckoo Market,

Will you join us on Thursday, Sept. 7th?

The Planning Commissioners on Thursday, September 7th, will decide if we can serve food or not.  The Hearing is public, and the outcome is based greatly on community support so we implore anyone interested and available to join us at City Hall to show that they would like this business to continue to operate as it has been by granting this permit.


September 7th Thursday

City Hall, Commission Chambers- Room 400

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco (enter main civic center side of city hall not the Van Ness side and take elevator up to the 4th floor)

AGENDA: starts at 1:00 sharp but there are several items on the agenda.  The order of items will be posted on the SF planning department site before the hearing but the exact time of our item is not available.

Full text of the email after the jump:

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No more momentarily mistaking this place for a burger joint

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Remember, corner of 20th and York, across from Jay ‘n’ Bee, used to be a salon called L’Burget I think? With a big “L’Burget” on the sign? And so every time you’d go past it, even after the like 1000th time, you’d still momentarily think maybe it was a burger joint? Remember?

(Now the only danger with the new sign is you might momentarily think it’s Lil Tuffy’s house.)

A Pop’s New Year’s Resolution: Get up early in the morning!


[Editor’s note: Wow! Historic! A new addition to SF’s proud 6am bar tradition!]

It’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, and starting in 2016 Pops Bar is open at 6AM daily. Enjoy a selection of morning drinks such as regular coffee, irish coffee, mexican coffee and bacon bloody marys guaranteed to put a pep in your step whether you are winding down from a night shift or gearing up for the day ahead.

Check out this week’s entertainment line up at Pops Bar:


12/28/15 MONDAY

Metal Mondays

Hosted by & Cult of Riffs


Keepin’ it real and playing all things heavy! If you’re false, do not enter! Classic 60’s, 70’s, 80’s deep cuts, black metal, death metal, thrash metal, NWOBHM, proto-metal, psychedelic, heavy blues rock, hardcore punk, d-beat, noise. ANYTHING WITH RIFFS!

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12/29/15 TUESDAY

Trivia Tuesdays

Pops Quiz

$2 to play


Join us every Tuesday of the month and test your wits at Pops trivia night “POP’s Quiz” where your brain may get stump on categories such as Pop’s culture, Sports, Movies, Music and more, with little snippets of audio and visual effects too! It starts at 7:00pm ends at 10:00pm. So come on in for some good ole fashion competition and a night of drinking with the crew! It is a 2 dollar cover and winner gets the pot!! so tell friends and family because the more peeps the steeper the cash prize is!!


Electro-Cumbia Breaks, Hip Hop, Nu Latin Beats


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21 UP


12/30/15 WEDNESDAY

Bill Cameron

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9PM

No Cover

21 UP


12/31/15 THURSDAY NYE 2016

Spill The Wine – NYE Edition


DJs Vinnie Esparza, Guillermo & Slopoke

No Cover

21 UP



1/1/16 FRIDAY

Uncle Rifkin

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with Uncle Rifkin:

Uncle Rifkin is a 4 piece, mostly-acoustic, homegrown San Francisco band mixing up styles into a beaker that just might make you dance. Country to Blues. Rock & Folk all with a funky edge and storytelling vibe for your listening pleasure.


with DJ Mr. Lucky & DJ Santero

the latin themed dance party!

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21 UP



Bub & The Playas

Happy Hour Entertainment 6-9pm with

Bdubs & The Playas is a S.F. -born band with an eclectic mix of funk, blues, & soul covers + originals! with Noel Rokswel


with DJs Sake One

A true veteran of the Bay Area hip hop and music scene, DJ Sake One is a born and raised renaissance man, known to doing anything from community projects to opening up for big acts such as Mos Def or Kanye West. Whether it’s soulful lounge tracks or bass-filled remixes, his talent and musical palate does not discriminate.


No Cover

21 UP


1/3/16 SUNDAY


Spill The Wine


DJs Vinnie Esparza, Guillermo & Slopoke

No Cover

21 UP



2800 24th Street @ York

San Francisco, CA 94110

Mission Mission 2015 Last Minute Gift Guide

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1. Get a hat or fanny pack by Amos Goldbaum already!

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2. Get a jar of pickles by Inna Jam, man!

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3. Hire The Fog Bender to do a mural or a tattoo or some shit!

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4. Get a photography zine from Doc Pop for goodness’ sake!

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5. Get a bunch of tickets to a bunch of movies at the Alamo (just opened) or the Roxie (still open, man).

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6. Get my album! (I’m really proud of it, and my sister says it’s alright.)


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7. Join Bay Area Bike Share!

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8. Get a few Pilates from Tru Pilates!

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9. Get some weird booze at Royal Cuckoo Market!

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10. Get some boobs by Laura Helen Winn, if you’re into boobs!

Local nightclub and gambling den gets cool new signage


Looks pretty fun!

Capp Street Crap has the story:

Taylor Peck, the owner of the former Fizzary soda shop, told Capp Street Crap that he spray painted the messages on the front of the building yesterday in hopes of forcing authorities to do more about a dangerous new problem going on inside.

“I’m in a really frustrating situation and this was a last ditch effort to get some assistance/attention,” he wrote in an email.

According to Peck, after blowing fuses in the building, the people who have been subleasing from him and operating an alleged gambling den, have started using a gasoline generator inside an upstairs office of the building for power. A gasoline generator used inside would be a carbon monoxide threat.

Who says the Mission is no fun anymore???

Read on.

What’s up with that new Gus’s Community Market at 17th and Harrison?


Capp Street Crap was there for opening day:

Stopped by Gus’s Community Market for its official opening today and it was awesome. The sister store of Haight Street Market and Noriega Produce located at 17th and Harrison streets, Gus’s is large and bright with a great selection of meat, cheese and produce. The dessert selection was also pretty impressive.

Read on for more photos and analysis.

Marian’s, a fascinating Mission-based business you probably never patronize

Capp Street Crap just published a great story on Marian’s, a longtime neighborhood institution:

Jutting from metal trays atop a display case at Marian’s Apparel, the longtime clothing boutique near gritty 16th and Mission streets, are hundreds of yellow paper cards handwritten with customers’ names, addresses and account balances.

A holdover from the days before department store credit cards, the old school but increasingly challenging account management system may soon go by the wayside. Lately, store owner Joe Anker has been wondering whether the same thing ought to happen to Marian’s too.

Marian’s gave up one of its two storefronts around the beginning of the year because a family member of the landlord’s wants to open a Vietnamese restaurant there. When business was at its best around 2000, Marian’s carried more than double the number of accounts for its mostly Latino and middle-aged clientele. Customers would come in two or three times a month, pay on what they owed, and buy more, Anker said.

Read on for lots more.

[Photo by Google Maps]

Mission Comics and Art relocating to new digs on Mission Street

Capp Street Crap reports:

Owner Leef Smith said he decided to look for a new space after their 20th Street landlord wouldn’t agree to anything more than a new short-term lease renegotiated every couple of years.

As a small business owner in a pricey real estate market, the lack of long-term security was scary, and Smith thought he “could do better than that.”

“It definitely felt like I had to be proactive and not rely on the whims of a landlord,” he said.

Mission: Comics & Art’s new store will be at 2250 Mission between 18th and 19th streets, in what used to be Vimy Electronics. After nearly 40 years in business, the couple that owned the electronics store wanted to retire, Smith said. A contractor is now working to modernize the 1970s era space.

Read on.

[Photo by Wordfury]

Celebrate Adobe’s 2 year anniversary on 24th Street tonight!

Wow, has it really been two years already?

The Adobe Books and Arts Cooperative has been an amazing adventure, thanks for joining us on the journey. We need your help to continue to stay open and to thrive. Join us on July 24th and raise a glass to a wondrous creature known as Adobe Books, and to learn more about how you can get involved by joining the co-op.

There’ll be art from the staff, music, and treats from Tartine!  Check out all the details here.


If that Jack Spade store had actually succeeded in moving to the Mission, it’d be closing right now

While I don’t think this news factored at all in their decision to abandon plans to open a store in the old Adobe Books location, it’s still kind of funny.

After just two years on the market, Kate Spade Saturday — Kate Spade‘s lower-priced, more casual offshoot — is closing all 19 of its stores. Jack Spade, Kate Spade & Company’s 22-year-old menswear brand, is also shuttering all 12 of its stores. Stores will close gradually over the first half of 2015, and Kate Spade Saturday’s e-commerce site will remain active during that time.

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(Thanks Raun!)

Timbuk2 Factory Store launch party tomorrow

Timbuk2 have been pumping bags out of their Mission factory for 25 years, and tomorrow night they officially open their Factory Store to the public, on the corner of Shotwell and 20th Street. The free party starts at 6pm and features fine entertainment like a Skeeball Tournament (from Joey The Cat), a live Polka cover band called Polkalicious, local beer, drunk factory tours, raffles, discounted stuff and way more!

While this is a free event you do need to RSVP on facebook to get in, so go to the event page to do that.

Lost Weekend Video’s rad new plan to ally with Oakland’s 1234Go! Records

Well, this is some GRAND news!  Instead of having to close their doors for good in May as they previously feared, they’re going full Voltron:

First, Lost Weekend, in partnership with Oakland’s 1234Go! Records, will be relaunching the Valencia Street location on April 18th (Record Store Day 2015) as a new video store/record store hybrid, ready to serve all of your physical media needs. VHS, DVD, cassettes & vinyl – all in one place – with an expanded staff of enthusiastic fans ready to recommend the best in new or classic music & film.

A little bit of Oakland is just what the Mission needs right now!

Read on for the rest of the plot.

(Thanks Andy!)

Dirty Pigeon secret window

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Sneaking peeks into The Shop Barbershop from inside Dirty Pigeon Clothing, at the corner of Potrero and 24th. They have been around since 2013, but I finally made my way in to see their well-designed hoodies, shirts, starter jackets and hats with cool pigeons on them.  Mission Local did a brief interview with shop owner Ron Perez, which you can check out here for more info on/photos of the shop. Or just go and visit the shop for yourself.

Borderlands Books, one of several Mission bookstores you never patronize, is closing because it is no longer financially viable, because San Francisco 2015

From the Borderlands blog, here’s the deal:

In November, San Francisco voters overwhelmingly passed a measure that will increase the minimum wage within the city to $15 per hour by 2018.  Although all of us at Borderlands support the concept of a living wage in principal and we believe that it’s possible that the new law will be good for San Francisco — Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to that minimum wage. Consequently we will be closing our doors no later than March 31st.  The cafe will continue to operate until at least the end of this year.

Many businesses can make adjustments to allow for increased wages.  The cafe side of Borderlands, for example, should have no difficulty at all.  Viability is simply a matter of increasing prices.  And, since all the other cafes in the city will be under the same pressure, all the prices will float upwards.  But books are a special case because the price is set by the publisher and printed on the book.  Furthermore, for years part of the challenge for brick-and-mortar bookstores is that companies like have made it difficult to get people to pay retail prices.  So it is inconceivable to adjust our prices upwards to cover increased wages.

Just can’t win. Read on for more of the story.

(Thanks, Jeremy.)

[Photo by Google Maps]