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Urban Picnic now open in the Castro

We reported a few months back that Urban Picnic (4039 18th Street), a vietnamese restaurant that has a location in the Financial District, was setting up their second location in the old Zadin Restaurant space (also Vietnamese), near 18th and Hartford. The restaurant soft-opened this past week and will have...

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La Taza Latin Bistro for sale

A posting went up on Craigslist yesterday listing the building and restaurant at 4230 18th Street for sale. The building is currently home to La Taza, a popular cafe and restaurant. LoopNet lists the business for sale at $2,195,000. We’re not sure if this will mean a new format for La Taza...

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What was filmed yesterday in the Castro?

If you were wondering what all the camera crews were doing yesterday in the Castro, we’ve got the skinny. The Wachowski’s (best known for the Matrix franchise) were filming a new Netflix sci-fi series named “Sense8″ which is story about 8 empathic characters from around the globe who are being...

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Sidewalk Sale in the Castro Saturday

With the Castro’s sidewalks now much wider and free of fencing (at least until construction picks up again after Pride), the Castro Merchants group will be holding their annual sidewalk sale this Saturday, June 21st. The event usually happens in May during San Francisco Small Business Week, but sidewalk construction...

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Fences coming down around new Castro Street

An email update went out this morning from the CastroStreet.org website letting people know that crews are starting to remove the chain link fence in the 400-block of Castro Street (between Market and 18th). Crews have begun removing the chain link fence surrounding the newly poured sidewalks on the 400...

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Look at these photos of the repaved Castro Street

With a little over two weeks left to wrap up Castro’s sidewalks and streets before a hard stop for Pride, construction crews finished laying down new pavement up and down Castro Street between Market Street and 19th. The sidewalks also appear to be nearly completed, however, the sidewalk curb area...

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EVENT: Community forum: “Bikes, buses, & budgets”

The San Francisco Bay Guardian is hosting a community forum on transportation tomorrow evening, June 12th, from 6-8PM at the San Francisco LGBT Center (1800 Market Street). The forum is called, “Bikes, Buses, & Budgets: How to create the transportation system San Franciscans needs.” If you’re keen on learning more about...

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Espresso bar coming to ground floor of ICON building

A building permit was posted today in the window of one of the remaining vacant ground floor retail spaces in the ICON building (2299 Market Street). The permit calls for tenant improvements to suite A including the addition of plumbing fixtures and lighting for a proposed “limited-restaurant / espresso bar.”...