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OPENING: Bandidos restaurant debuts Tuesday

Bandidos, the newest Mexican fine-dining restaurant and bar in the Castro Upper Market area is opening its big wooden doors wide this coming Tuesday, September 2nd. A posting for restaurant staff last month detailed that Bandidos will “offer patrons exquisite food presented with fine dining manners, but in a casual...

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VIDEO: Hyperlapse through the Castro

We took a “Hyperlapse” video of the Castro yesterday morning and our good pal and photographer Alex Girard added some music and still shots of the Rainbow Honor Walk plaques and the Castro Theatre marquee. In the video you can see construction crews preparing the last of the concrete pours on...

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A plan for Castro neighborhood retail coming

We’ve reported on our blog many times of businesses coming and going in the Castro and most of those stories are stories of businesses leaving. The Castro has a retail vacancy rate of around 7%, almost double the citywide vacancy rate of 3.8%. Compound that with over 30,000 more square...

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After project delays, concrete pours start on Castro Street

Construction on the Castro Streetscape Improvement Project, specifically the phase two concrete pours for the portion of the sidewalks nearest the buildings, was stalled the past couple of weeks due to unforeseen subsurface basements and work PG&E needed to complete to make their utility boxes meet the new grade elevations...

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Hot Cop of Castro to don wet t-shirt for charity

That’s right, Chris Kohrs, aka the Hot Cop of Castro, will be lending his body for a good cause in the form of a wet t-shirt contest of sorts. Next Monday, August 18th, from 6-8PM, the Hot Cop will be at The Cafe (2369 Market Street) raising money for the...

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Castro bar fight and shooting perp facing charges

One of the three suspects arrested in the shooting we reported on last Thursday was charged last Friday by the District Attorney’s Office. The suspect, Jason Hill, a 33-year old man from Oakland was charged with one felony count of negligent discharge of a firearm, two misdemeanor counts of firearm...