Food News Roundup

A couple of the issues we’ve been covering seem to be coming to nice conclusions, or at least stopping points, which we like to see on a Friday.

That Sandoval/Peskin ordinance seeking the two Alcohol Control Districts got middling support from the SF Planning Commission. As you no doubt recall, the ordinance would prevent new liquor licenses from being granted along a stretch of Mission Street from Silver to the Daly City border, as well as in the North Beach Commercial District.

According to planner and board laiason Tara Sullivan-Lenane, the board supported the Excelsior ACD but came to no conclusion on the North Beach issue.

“They supported the excelsior one, but for North Beach, the language will read… that they encourage the supervisor to reach out to the neighborhood and the business community—there was a feeling that there was a lack of that—and to try and craft this legislation to be more successful,” Lenane said.

The ordinance has a few more stops, including the Entertainment and Small Business Commissions, before it goes to the full board, and a source within Peskin’s office indicated yesterday that it will likely be loosened up a little by then.

The much-anticipated Blue Bottle Coffee is open and serving in Mint Plaza, with much to-do in the local Internets. SFist ran a great piece on the cafe’s $20,000 “Jules Vern-ish” coffee maker. Eater SF has got some photos up of opening day. And SFoodie is just generally cheering the place on.

Also, Eater SF brings word from the Golden Gate Restaurant Association that the trade group won’t pursue an appeal against the city’s employer-sponsored health-care initiative.

[tk planning commission]

$20,000 Coffee at Blue Bottle Cafe [SFist]
Live From Mint Plaza: Blue Bottle Cafe Arrives
Blue Bottle in Mint Plaza finally open! [SFoodie]
EaterWire: GGRA Won’t Appeal, Plus Bollyhood News! [Eater SF]
GGRA Statement on Employer Mandated Health Care [GGRA Website]


Food News Roundup