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Monday, February 22, 2010

Rec and Park Finalizes Street-Food Vendors for City Parks

Posted By on Mon, Feb 22, 2010 at 10:33 AM

click to enlarge The new face of S.F. street food? An Annie's hot dog cart in Golden Gate Park. - KEVIN Y./YELP
  • Kevin Y./Yelp
  • The new face of S.F. street food? An Annie's hot dog cart in Golden Gate Park.
Late Friday, the Chron's City Insider reported on Rec and Parks' final picks for pushcart vendors on swaths of city green. No surprises, broadly:

Golden Gate Park:

• Band shell: Blue Bottle Coffee, Annie's Hot Dogs

• Conservatory of Flowers: Let's Be Frank

• Spreckels Lake: Annie's Hot Dogs & Pretzels

Justin Herman Plaza:

• Let's Be Frank

• La Colombe

La Cocina (Insider incorrectly had the name as "La Cucina)


Dolores Park:

• Blue Bottle Coffee

• La Cocina

Civic Center Plaza (opposite City Hall):

• Annie's Hot Dogs & Pretzels

Let's Be Frank is also good to sell during special park occasions.

As we reported earlier, La Cocina -- a small-business incubator -- is expected to act as de facto manager of cart sales in its spaces at Justin Herman and Dolores, allowing its members to station those carts. Annie's, of course, operates dog and pretzel carts at the Powell cable car turnaround and a few other spots in the Union Square area, and already has a stand at Civic Center Plaza. La Colombe might be the Philadelphia-based microroastery with a distribution office in Dogpatch, whose wholesale clients include Fifth Floor and Aqua. A cart in Justin Herman would represent its first retail footing in S.F., a potential Blue Bottle rival. SFGate says the carts are expected to roll out at the beginning of summer. Meanwhile, the winning businesses will have to iron out operating hours and other details.

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