$1.9 million relief for Chinatown restaurants / Coffee for sale in Cole Valley garage

It's Friday, January 22nd.

Good morning, San Francisco. It’s Friday, January 22nd, and the rain has already started! Morning showers should be pretty light and taper off by around 1 pm. Some more rain is expected for Sunday. 

But enough about the weather, here’s some local news you should know today: 

  • Earlier in the week, Mayor London Breed warned that the city was on pace to run out of vaccine doses by Thursday, but that didn’t end up happening. The reason: On Wednesday, California officials deemed the Moderna vaccine, which had been linked to allergic reactions, safe to administer. That unlocked 330,000 doses across the state and 8,000 in San Francisco alone. “We...found no scientific basis to continue the pause,” the California Department of Public Health said in a statement. On Friday, San Francisco is set to open its first mass vaccination site at City College, where 500 health care workers and residents over 75 years-old have appointments today to be vaccinated. 

  • San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to approve a $1.9 million relief package targeted at keeping Chinatown restaurants afloat amid the pandemic. The funding, which still needs to pass a final approval next week, is set to go towards a program that pays restaurants to make meals for neighborhood residents in need, keeping workers employed and people fed. The Chronicle said the aid could help save the historic Far East Cafe, which said in December it would be shutting down after 100 years in operation. 

  • When coffee veteran Dan Streetman was laid off from his job at Sightglass in March, he and his wife decided, “You know what, we’re just going to do our own thing,” he recounted in a recent Eater profile. That “thing” has become Bird and Bear Coffee, a roastery run out of the Streetman’s garage in Cole Valley where residents can swing by the rolled-up door at 726 Cole Street during the week to pick up a bag of beans (they don’t have a permit to sell drinks on-site) or even a greeting card made by a local artist. “We didn’t start this business to get rich,” Streetman said. “I want to be a force in the community.” 

  • Tired of leftovers for lunch? Check out this new Eater list of top takeout lunch spots across the city for a potential Friday treat. Two places that I want to check out after reading this list: Lucinda's Deli & More (located among a row of houses on Scott Street near Alamo Square Park) and Kin Khao Dogpatch (the new, fast-casual counterpart to its Michelin-starred restaurant downtown). 

  • And finally, did you see Steph Curry’s reaction on Wednesday when a reporter addressed him by his legal first name, Wardell? It’s hilarious. 

Not so funny was the Warriors 119-104 loss against the Knicks last night snapping the team’s two-game winning streak. The Warriors play again on Saturday when they’ll face the Utah Jazz. 

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Have a great weekend and stay dry out there!  -Nick

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