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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Tuesday Eleven: Hella Vegan Starts a Beer Garden in Uptown Oakland

Posted By on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM

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Plus some major shakeups in the food delivery startup world, some cops in Southern California got charged for stealing edibles during a dispensary raid, and a Julia Child marathon is happening.

"Classic Cars West Beer Garden with Vegan cuisine by Hella Vegan" Opens Tomorrow in Uptown Oakland
Let's agree to abbreviate "Classic Cars West Beer Garden with Vegan Cuisine by Hella Vegan" as CCWBGVCHV, because the acronym is so euphonious. Loquacious nomenclature notwithstanding, this new beer garden at 411 26th St. sounds pretty boss, and it opens tomorrow with several local breweries, coffee roasted on-site, and food like 
fried cauliflower tacos and a blood orange BBQ burger. According to Inside Scoop, CCWBGVCHV is a way to get you over there on more evenings than First Fridays. 

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Fancy Condo Gets a Fancy Market

LUMINA, the 656-unit building at 201 Folsom has tapped Marin's upscale, family-owned Woodlands Market to occupy a 9,500-square-foot space on the corner of Folsom and Main streets. The Whole Foods on Harrison and Fourth is currently the only high-end grocery store in the area (other than the Ferry Building), so this does irrigate a food desert of sorts.

Coffee Cultures Soft-Opens
I got a tour a few weeks ago, and now Hoodline notes that the beautiful second location of Coffee Cultures is open at 1301 Mission, in the Panoramic.

Hamlet Launches Happy Hour
First it was brunch, now happy hour. Hamlet (1199 Church) has a weekday happy hour (4-5:30 p.m.) with a $7 rotating cocktail, $8 house cocktails, food specials, and a $7 glass of wine that will rotate monthly by region. First up: Slovenia!

The Cellar Forfeits Entertainment and Liquor Licenses

Following the stabbing death of 29-year-old Joseph Razo in January, The Cellar (685 Sutter) has effectively closed, surrendering its liquor and entertainment licenses. According to Hoodline, it can technically operate as a private club, but even that might not last long.

Eatsa No. 2 Will Open at 1 California

Its menu will be identical to Eatsa No. 1 on Spear St., but according to Inside Scoop, you can pre-order via an app now. but Mmm, robo-quinoa in a bus station locker from the future! Just kidding, Eatsa impresses the hell out of me every time I go in there, which is pretty often.

OMG, Are People Learning to Make Their Own Grilled Cheese Now?
The American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is shutting down at 20th and Harrison streets, and a sushi place called Kuniha looks set to take over. According to Hoodline, the remaining two AGCK's will continue to operate. Please, somebody sage the hell out of this place and chant whatever spell you need to so that Cafe Gratitude doesn't take over its former home.

Santa Ana Cops Busted For Stealing, Eating Edibles in Busted Pot Shop
There will likely be no justice for Alex Nieto or the dozens of other people of color killed by law enforcement. But the three Santa Ana cops caught last year happily gnawing on edibles during a raid on a dispensary will face charges. According to the OC Weekly, it's petty theft for everybody and an additional vandalism charge for the officer who damaged the security camera. Sigh.

Uber Launches UberEats, SpoonRocket Shutters
It's really hard to deliver prepared food in under 10 minutes and make money. According to Inside Scoop, SpoonRocket has folded for lack of capital, but competition is fierce. (Sprig seems to have begun feeding on its rival's carcass within 10 minutes of the announcement.) Meanwhile, according to Eater, Uber has spun off UberEats as a standalone app, currently bringing food from around 100 S.F. restaurants for no charge (but it'll be $5 per trip in the next few weeks).

Who's Ready for a Julia Child Marathon?

Video streaming service Twitch will launch a new food channel with a marathon of all 201 episodes of The French Chef, Julia Child's eminently watchable cooking show. According to the New York Times, it'll begin 65 years after Child graduated from Le Cordon Bleu, and come hot on the heels of Twitch's successful marathon of Bob Ross' The Joy of Painting.

Happy 83rd Birthday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Love for the Notorious RBG is not in short supply, but in addition to surviving colon and pancreatic cancer, as well as outliving her friend and ideological counterpoint Antonin Scalia, Ginsburg is all about food and drink. Her favorite snack is prunes. She fell asleep during a State of the Union after a little too much wine. She hasn't cooked a meal since 1980 (but her husband was a great cook who would have to call her multiple times a night to get her to come home for dinner). Nor does she like McDonalds. The first time she spoke before the Supreme Court, in 1973, she was too nervous to eat. Oh yeah, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg basically is feminist case law.

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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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