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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wednesday Five: Instacart Price Hike, Pier 29 Rumblings, Axiom Hotel to Open Turn Cafe

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Plus Restoration Hardware wants to feed you.

Turn! Turn! Turn!: Axiom Hotel Gets a New Cafe
Just outside the Powell Street cable car turnaround, the Axiom Hotel will get a new eatery in January called Turn Cafe. It will serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner for sit-down or take-away, including coffee, artisanal sandwiches, and a burger made from Niman Ranch beef.
Turn Cafe, at the Axiom Hotel, 415-3929466 or

Instacart Price Hike
According to re/code, Instacart is set to jack up its delivery charge from $3.99 to $5.99, and the annual fee for Instacart Express is jumping by 50 percent, from $99 to $149. A lot of this has to do with the way Instacart made money: Originally, it simply marked prices up and pocketed the difference, but that only works when you're tiny, so now Instacart operates more like a credit card, taking a small percentage of retailers' sales. A spokeshuman blabbed a lot of corporate-speak on the company's blog, but it looks like dark times for a company that needs to scale the hell up to justify its $2 billion valuation, as the company is also laying off 12 recruiters after its headcount tripled to 300 in a year. 

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Pier 29 Could Become a Dining Destination
The Examiner's Laura Dudnick reports that the former cruise ship terminal at Pier 29, which was a pop-up during the America's Cup, could become a restaurant complex. The Port of San Francisco is soliciting bids on what to do with the 20,000-square-foot space, built in 1918. If reconfigured, it could join a revived Ghirardelli Square as a kind of satellite outpost of Ferry Building-style goodness, or at least make it so that locals don't weep at the thought of venturing past the Exploratorium.

Restoration Hardware Wants to Open Cafes

Like ABC Carpet and Home, the bland-sounding but very much upscale NYC home furnishings emporium that houses Jean-Georges Vongerichten's ABC Kitchen, the Corte Madera-based Restoration Hardware wants to move into the dining scene, according to the Business Times. After an unadvertised restaurant in its Chicago location managed to do $5 million in business this year, the chain hopes to replicate its success elsewhere, possibly including its San Francisco location in the dining desert that is the Design District/SoMission.

Hangover Cures
Hey, like 60 percent of the adult population, you're probably going to get drunk tomorrow night. Both Food and Wine and 7x7 offered some hangover cures for the inevitable photosensitivity and apathy, including a Full English breakfast, and chai. In ascending order of potency, my hangover remedies are as follows: water, sleep, Advil, three eggs cooked in bacon grease, ramen, masturbation, and saying "Fuck it" and just drinking again.

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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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