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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Blue Bottle Open in the Market on Market, Market on Polk Plan Unveiled

Posted By on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 4:12 PM

click to enlarge PETER LAWRENCE KANE
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Update: This post has been corrected to specify that it is the Ferry Building Blue Bottle cart and not the kiosk that is closing as of Friday, May 29.

While the Ferry building Blue Bottle cart is shuttering tomorrow, San Francisco has experienced a net gain/loss of zero this week, because another outpost has popped up inside Market Square (popularly known as the Twitter Building, even though the name rankles its tenants.)

Blue Bottle isn’t actually inside the gastro-cery store that is the Market on Market, but out back, with its own entrance. Like dog owners keeping two mutually suspicious, on-leash boxers apart, it’s about as far away from the existing Four Barrel as you can get and still be at the same mailing address.

You enter from the spiffed-up Stevenson Alley, which is accessible via Tenth Street. (Sure, you can walk in from the front, but good luck not getting sidetracked by Azalina’s Malaysian or Nuubia Chocolate first.) There isn’t any seating, nor are there waffles, but if the benches are open you can hang out outside. And even though Fox Plaza creates a horrible wind tunnel over there most of the time, Stevenson Alley was pleasantly still, even with this pernicious marine layer.

So the Market on Market is now fully occupied. Additionally, Hoodline’s Bo McGee reports that the next Market On is coming down the pike, in the former Big Apple Grocery smack dab in the Polk. The Planning Commission gave it a unanimous go-ahead in the form of a Conditional Use permit, and the eventual business will have over 9,000 square feet of retail and almost 7,000 square feet of restaurant (a full two-thirds smaller than the Market on Market).

There’s going to be a roof deck, too, although we should maybe temper our enthusiasm. It’s hard to tell where exactly the NIMBY passive-aggression ends and outright illogic picks up, but everyone should savor this sentence: “Several neighbors sought to curtail potentially noisy evening use of the roof deck by imposing restrictions on outdoor light and heating elements.” We’re pretty sure nobody’s kept awake by deafening heat lamp motors, but the desire to keep people cold and uncomfortable up there so that they don’t congregate in any significant numbers is just plain mean.

We’re excited for the Market on Polk, which, as Hoodline also notes, will occupy a space that was otherwise likely destined for eternal limbo, being too big for a restaurant and too small for a grocery.

Blue Bottle Coffee, 1355 Market St., Suite 190.

[Via Hoodline]

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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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