Castro Safeway closes early / 'Nature Exploration Area' opens in the Bayview

11.1.21 * Circulation 2,773

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Natalie here. Hope you had a great Halloween! Did you see the crowds at The Great Hauntway? That looked like a big success. 

While there were many good costumes across the city, my personal favorite had to be this couple’s of Sutro Tower and Karla the Fog.

The Sutro Tower costume first caught my eye in this video on Reddit, which shows a Castro resident named Marty dancing while wearing an antenna headpiece. One Redditor commented on his “solid Dad dance moves.” 

Marty told me on Monday that the response to the costumes “both on the street and online, has been really positive.” Having lived in San Francisco for 15 years he said the nod to the Sutro Tower and the fog were “intended to be a sort of love letter to the city and its residents and I'm thrilled that we pulled it off so spectacularly.”

Also, Marty said that “for the record, I have many more dance moves than was portrayed in the video loop.” I guess we’ll have to take his word on that. 

Alright...onto some news… 

The Safeway grocery store near the corner of Church and Market Street in the Castro will now close at 9 pm instead of operating 24/7. Safeway spokesperson Wendy Gutshall told Hoodline late last week that the new hours, along with the recent removal of the store’s self-checkout stands, are intended to reduce shoplifting and theft at the store, which District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman described on Twitter on Friday as being “out of control.” Mandelman also said the change “will make it harder for working people to get groceries for themselves and their families, and will have a huge impact on the lives of the store’s employees whose hours will be cut.” 

The Chronicle reports that the Castro-area store now closes the earliest of all San Francisco Safeway locations, most of which lock their doors at midnight. 

Quick bits

  • 🏙 Starting on Monday, all San Francisco city employees, including those working at City Hall and other Civic Center area buildings, were required to return to work in their offices at least two days a week. Some departments, the Chronicle reports, may ask their employees to come back more frequently as well. 

    Monday also marked the deadline for city employees to get vaccinated. As the Chronicle reports, nearly 98% have been gotten their shots, while those who haven’t “could eventually be terminated.” (Chronicle)

  • 🐛 A new Nature Exploration Area opened in the Bayview’s Heron’s Head Park on Monday. According to the San Francisco Children & Nature group, it’s a “place where kids are encouraged to balance on logs, jump, play in mud, and use natural materials to build dens, castles, towers.” (The Frisc/Twitter)

  • 🔥 Corey Lee, local chef and creator of the Michelin-starred Benu, has a new “Korean charcoal barbecue” restaurant in the Mission called San Ho Won. While San Ho Won offered a limited menu of takeout options during the pandemic, Monday is its opening night for sit-down dining. (Eater)

What else I’m reading

Photos: Outside Lands Ends on Psychedelic Note With Tame Impala; J Balvin Becomes First Latin Act to Headline (SFist)

S.F. Immigration Court fast-tracking cases in what critics call a deportation conveyor belt (Chronicle)

'Somewhere between 'The Wire' and 'Squid Game'': San Francisco has a major image problem (SFGATE)

Recology: How San Francisco’s garbage giant built its monopoly and could possibly lose it (Examiner

To Help Streets Sparkle, S.F. Looks to Revamped Tech For Cleanup Crews (Here/Say)

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Zillow house of the day: 

A front yard? Yes, in some parts of San Francisco it’s a thing. Check out this 4-bedroom, 3-bath charmer in Ingleside that’s listed at $1.87 million (around $300,000 below its “Zestimate”). 

See more photos here

And finally…a piece by Paolo

Under the atmospheric river last weekend, The Korner Store’s bartender Angel Briceno doled out drinks to me like his namesake suggests: with holy conviction. There was the pineapple soju slushie, then there was pomegranate wine. There was a Rose strawberry slushie, then... Dae Jang Bu – 100 percent rice wine. 

Alongside their soju cocktail menu, The Korner Store, which opened in September and now occupies the space that formerly housed Mission Cheese, acts as a Korean snack counter of sorts. They offer chicken wings, “hangover noodles,” and a variety of to-go coffee drinks named after the South Korean boyband, BTS. 

It’s a cool spot (with DJ sets streaming on the walls), and worth stopping by if you’re in the neighborhood or looking for a place to wait out the next storm. 

That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. - Natalie Mead  

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