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Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday 13: Legacy Businesses Struggling, Wing Wings Wants Photo Equipment

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Plus Trick Dog's new menu is all I Like Ike, SPUR convenes a panel to discuss the possibilities of urban farming, and Fox News will air a transgender rights TV spot during the Republican convention.

Off the Grid Founder Matt Cohen Speaks at the Commonwealth Club
On Thursday, July 14, at 6 p.m., Matt Cohen of Off the Grid while discuss how the outdoor food market grew to host some 40 locations around the Bay Area in only six years. Off the Grid: The Disruptive, Japan-Inspired Food Truck Revolution was put together by the Consul General of Japan, as Cohen lived there for a period.

TOMORROW: A SPUR Panel on the Viability of Urban Farming
Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 12, at 12:30 p.m., SPUR (654 Mission) convenes a panel consisting of Caitlyn Galloway (Little City Gardens), Lara Hermanson (Farmscape) and Kelly Carlisle (Acta Non Verba) to discuss whether or not urban farming can hold up to its lofty promises. It's free for members, $10 for the general public.

Fentons Turns 122, Celebrates National Ice Cream Day
Fentons Creamery (4226 Piedmont Ave., Oakland) has been around since 1894, and in honor of National Ice Cream Day this Sunday, July 17, they'll be throwing a Candy Land-themed party from noon to 3 p.m., with ice cream, a DJ, and crafts — and they're rolling back the price of a Black & Tan Junior sundae to $1.22.

Yuzuki Japanese Eatery Goes the Izakaya Tasting-Menu Route
Yuzuki Japanese Eatery (598 Guerrero) has debuted a $90, tapas style, six-course tasting menu with optional by-the-glass pairing of Yuzuki's 30 sakes ($30). It's intended as a point of entry for people who may find izakaya dining unfamiliar, and it's all based on a fermentation process that revolves around salt koji, which takes five days to draw out the umami in the ingredients.

Trick Dog's New Political Cocktail Menu Salutes Acid (Sorta)
Just in time for the party conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia later this month, Trick Dog (the "kick ass, well made, no bullshit, neighborhood cocktail bar" at 3010 20th St.) retired its Top Secret menu and put out a new one that pays homage to political campaigns of the past, with drinks like a Drill Baby Drill, Acid & Amnesty, and A Thousand Points of Light. Someone over there's a real history nerd, too, because I'm pretty sure the "Romanism & Rebellion" is a reference to Al Smith's failed 1928 campaign against Herbert Hoover.

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Forgery's New Cocktail Menu Blends Salt and Savory
Not to be outdone, year-old SOMA lounge Forgery (1525 Mission) has a summer cocktail menu of its own, having jumped on the large-format drink bandwagon with a Green Beast (a mix of Pernod absinthe, lime, and cucumber) coming in a bird cage with four votive-sized glasses. The seasonal gimlet is now a Spring Gimlet (Fords gin, and a thyme-verbena-lime cordial) and there's also a Ring-a-Ding made with coriander Singhani, Smith & Cross rum, cantaloupe, and egg white).

Legacy Businesses Struggle to Get City Help
From Hoodline (and via Central City Extra), we learn that the city's Legacy Business Registry, created in March of last year to help slow the extremely high levels of displacement and closure among S.F. small businesses, is a thicket of red tape and bureaucratic torpor. There may be some reform coming, such as the relaxation of the requirement that a business be in operation for 30 years (it may be set at 20). Things may also need to be refocused, as the real issue may not be high rents per se, but the reluctance of landlords to extend long-term leases that are critical for a small business to survive.

Castro Business Churn Higher Than Usual
And speaking of small businesses closing, the Castro — which is perpetually full of vacant storefronts — is having an especially churn-filled period at the moment. Hoodline catalogued 10 businesses that closed or will close between June 1 and July 31. It's not especially pretty news for food, either: the unfortunately located H Cafe (3801 17th St.) is rejiggering to become something new and, its fate certain, Zapata Mexican Grill (4150 18th St.) has only until Oct. 31 of this year before vacating.

Wing Wings Wants Your Camera Equipment
Do you have "any functioning photography equipment, including digital (DSLR) cameras, point-and-shoot cameras, Polaroids, tripods, cases, and film" sitting in a closet or drawer? Bring it to Wing Wings (422 Haight) before Thursday, July 14 — but not today, cause they're closed Mondays — because Hoodline reports that chef-owner Christian Ciscle has partnered with Devin Allen, a self-taught portrait photographer whose Youth Photo Program helps kids in his hometown of Baltimore learn photography skills.

Another McDonald's Waves Bye
This McDonald's was at 575 Market, aka Market Center, fka as the Chevron Towers. SF Citizen has the deets, and Yelp records the final review (five stars!) was a posthumous one on June 28. But don't forget about the Create Your Taste McDonald's at 235 Front St.

Using Cartoons to Get Kids to Eat Veggies
"Schools trying to sell kids on healthier lunches are at a comparative disadvantage ... because 'they are not marketing school lunch as cool,'" says NPR, which illustrates how schools use characters like Colby Carrot to get kids to eat vegetables. 

So Much For the Availability of Water on Mars
Gizmodo reports that Martian colonists may have to live near the planet's polar regions because a study "has now ruled out the possibility that ... water is slowly pouring out from melting ice deposits under the surface or from groundwater. More plausibly, this water is either coming from the atmosphere, or it may not even be water at all." In other words, it's a pretty major setback.

Trans Rights Ad to Air on Fox During GOP Convention 
According to The New York Times, Fox will air an ad on the night of the Republican convention when Trump is expected to formally receive the nomination that shows a trans woman eating in a North Carolina restaurant "who excuses herself to get up to use the restroom. But as she does, an employee at the restaurant intercepts her and insists that she use the men’s restroom instead." That is some quality trolling.

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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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