Great Highway reopens to cars on weekdays / GGP Band to play 'video game music'

It's Thursday, August 5.

Hey there, San Francisco. 

Happy Thursday. We’re almost through the week! A couple of housekeeping items to start. 

First, another reminder about the event tonight at Manny’s where I’ll be on a panel with Annie Gaus of Here/Say Media and Erica Messner of the San Franciscan to talk about local news (and local news upstarts) here in the city. In-person tickets are still available (masks and proof of vaccination required). So too are Zoom tickets to watch the talk virtually. Don’t forget to use the code “SFMinuteReader50” for 50% off both. 

It should be a good discussion, and if you do attend in person, I’ll look forward to saying hello afterward. 

Also, I’m going to be out tomorrow (hittin’ the road to see the folks). So, instead of a Friday “weekend guide” like I normally do, I’ve compiled some weekend ideas for you in today’s edition below. 

Alright, that’s all from me. Now, onto some news… 

Vaccine updates:

  • San Francisco General Hospital has begun offering supplemental shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine to those who initially received the one-shot Johnson & Johnson. Currently, the additional jabs are not endorsed by the California Department of Public Health, CDC, or World Health Organization, in part, over concerns of limited vaccine access in other countries. 

    In clinical trials, the J&J vaccine has been 72% effective in preventing moderate to severe illness from Covid compared to a 95% effective rate from Pfizer and Moderna. "Potential benefit, no downside,” Dr. Chris Colwell, chief of emergency medicine at San Francisco General, said this week. “To me, as we look at the future of this virus, and now we're facing a fourth surge, it does make sense.” (KQED

  • SFO has an on-site vaccine clinic where it offers J&J vaccines and lately, around 80% of appointments have been made by international travelers. "Couldn't get my shots in my city yet,” one traveler from Fukuoka, Japan told NBC Bay Area. “So, first thing was to get my vaccine here as soon as I arrived to San Francisco, and I'm very grateful for that." (NBC News

  • Attendees at this Sunday’s Stern Grove concert, featuring DJ Shortkut, Cassowary, and Thundercat, can get the J&J or first Pfizer vaccine at the event thanks to a partnership with Kaiser. (Datebook

Quick bits: 

  • 🚗 The Great Highway will reopen to car traffic during weekdays starting the week of August 16, Mayor Breed’s office announced on Thursday afternoon. The stretch between Lincoln Way and Sloat Blvd will then close to through traffic on weekends, as it has during the past year and a half. “A weekday roadway and weekend promenade is a meaningful compromise and the right road forward,” said Supervisor Gordon Mar, who represents the Sunset District. “We’re balancing the benefits of this unique open space with the real need for safe and efficient traffic flow.” 

    Meanwhile, Jodie Medeiros, who leads Walk San Francisco, told the Chronicle: “This is a process that was outlined and yet they’re moving forward, practically overnight, and taking away this beloved space during the pandemic.” (Chronicle

  • 💰 I thought Tim Redmond of 48 Hills had some good thoughts on the news from earlier this week that Mayor London Breed agreed to pay $23,000 in fines for ethics violations dating back to 2015. “This is not massive, multimillion-dollar corruption...It’s mostly small-time stuff,” Redmond writes. “This whole scandal is about a culture of corruption…I don’t think we’ve seen the last of it.” (48 Hills

  • 🔫 There’s a photo that’s gone viral of a woman hanging out of a car window in the Bayview with an AK-47 in hand. Have you seen it? On Wednesday, the police seized the car involved, and today an SFPD spokesperson told me that no arrests have been made. (SFist

  • 🍚 The Richmond District Vietnamese restaurant Lily started serving a $72 crab and Wagyu beef fried rice in December as a joke. But after the stunt dish became a top seller (sometimes selling 20-25 of the plates per night), its owners and head chef decided enough was enough and took it off the menu earlier this summer. “This wasn’t us,” Lily’s chef Rob Lam told the Chronicle. “It wasn’t who we wanted to be.” (Chronicle

  • 💞 The SFGate had a good story on Wednesday about a Balboa Park resident who found the dusty blueprints to San Francisco’s Fox Theater (built on Market Street in 1929 and demolished 34 years later) in her garage when she moved last December. The woman plans to donate the blueprints to the San Francisco Public Library’s History Center. “Not even for a second did I want to sell them...that just felt wrong,” she said. “They belong in San Francisco.” (SFGate

Weekend guide: 

  • Grab the “Chaat Corn Dog” from Magnolia’s Dogpatch pub. This week, 48 Hills’ food correspondent Adrian Speinelli called it “unequivocally” the best corn dog he’s ever had and “about as can’t miss of an SF bar snack as [he’s] had in the past year.” 

    Bonus points for going on Saturday, so you can head down the street to the Chase Center and catch a free, outdoor screening of Black Panther starting at 6 pm. 

  • Dine out at a new, Michelin-approved restaurant. Ahead of handing out its coveted awards in September, Michelin put out a list on Wednesday of 10 new Bay Area restaurants catching its attention. If you’re feeling fancy, maybe check out one of the San Francisco spots on the list: Marlena (in Bernal Heights), 3rd Cousin (also in Bernal Heights), or Routier (in Pac Heights). 

  • And finally… Head to Golden Gate Park on Sunday to hear the Golden Gate Park Band play “Video Game Music plus Music From Stage & Screen.” The free concert (held in the Music Concourse, between the Academy of Sciences and deYoung) starts at 1 pm and should last for about an hour and a half. 

That’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading y’all and if I don’t catch you at the event tonight, I’ll see you back here on Monday.

Have a great weekend! - Nick B.

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