Hey there, San Francisco.
On a recent trip to San Diego with my wife, I was struck by how many vegan restaurants there were all around us. At any hour of the day, it seemed, one could procure a Buddah bowl with no problems at all.
“I think about it all the time,” Mandy Harper, who owns Wholesome Bakery on Divisadero Street, told me in a recent conversation. “I really can’t put my finger on why… But it drives me crazy.”
Harper’s Wholesome Bakery, which is vegan and gluten-free, is doing its part to provide more, veggie-first options in San Francisco.
Starting April 29th, Harper tells me, Wholesome Bakery will transform into Wholesome Kitchen on weekends (Friday-Sunday from 5-9pm). That means after coffee and baked goods are sold during the day, Harper’s shop will turn into a full-service restaurant serving pizzas, lasagnas, salads, cheese boards, and more. Recently, they received a beer and wine license as well.
“I had all these amazing dinner recipes,” Harper said. “So it was like, what if we pair those with delicious, truly vegan, truly gluten-free beer and wine?”
Harper said she’s particularly excited about the mozzarella she created (which will top the pizzas and “stretches,” she promises). She also thinks the ground sausage made from cauliflower will be a hit.
“It’s been a fight to build this here,” said Harper, who’s been selling vegan goods in San Francisco since 2009. “[But] it’s starting to definitely get better.”
And with that… onto the news…
Quick bits: News to know
👮 Just over 8% of reported crimes in San Francisco led to an arrest in 2021, Mission Local noted on Thursday following a police commission meeting on the topic this week. That’s the lowest arrest rate in the past 10 years.
Earlier this year, in a letter to police chief Bill Scott, Supervisor Hillary Ronen said it was “absolutely unacceptable for police officers to just stop doing their jobs.”
“It is time to stop using the district attorney as a scapegoat for broken morale in your department,” Ronan wrote.
Scott, meanwhile, said at the police commission meeting this week that he didn’t think a “sweeping neglect of duty issue” would “swing an arrest rate from 8 percent to 50 percent.”
“I don’t think it’s pervasive to that degree,” he said. (Mission Local)
🥊 Following an appearance on-stage at Hippie Hill to promote his cannabis brand on Wednesday, former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson got into a scuffle on-board his plane at SFO.
👀 After Matt Haney’s victory this week for state assembly, questions loom over who Mayor Breed will pick to fill his seat as District 6 supervisor.
Honey Mahogany, a legislative aide for Haney, is considered a front runner.
🚉 Masks are no longer required on public transit across the Bay Area, including BART, Muni, and Caltrain. (KQED)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse
Oakland Coliseum kitties will stay, unlike the Raiders and Warriors (Chronicle)
Shutdown of Civic Center Tent Village Underway in Advance of Pride Festivities (SF Standard)
San Francisco’s Landmark Lawsuit Against Opioid Manufacturers, Distributors Set To Begin (CBS Bay Area)
Union Square Mexican Dining Mainstay Colibri Returns in the Historic Presidio Officers’ Club (Eater)
Weekend guide: Events, ideas, and more
🌎 Celebrate Earth Day! Friday is officially Earth Day, but why not celebrate all weekend by getting outside in the city? The weather should be mostly sunny, with no rain in the forecast. Some ideas include:
Heading to the Japanese Tea Gardens and Conservatory of Flowers, which, along with the Botanical Gardens, are officially free for SF residents every day, starting this Friday!
Or, checking out San Francisco’s newest park, Battery Bluff, which opens this Saturday in the Presidio.
🐶 DogFest! The 15th annual DogFest, a fundraiser for McKinley Elementary School, is this Saturday in Duboce Park from 11am-4pm. There will be food trucks (Sam’s Chowder House and Señor Sisig), vendor booths, and of course, a dog show with categories like best costume, best trick, and best tail.
If you’re interested in signing up your dog for the show, you can do so here.
That’s all for today! And as a reminder, I’ll be out tomorrow, so I’ll see you back here on Monday. Have a wonderful weekend! - Nick B.