Restaurant owners apologize for refusing service to SFPD officers 🥞
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Top Story: One thing you should know
Last Friday, staff members at Hilde and Jesse (a new brunch spot in North Beach) asked three uniformed SFPD officers to leave because “the presence of their weapons in the restaurant made [workers] uncomfortable,” according to an Instagram post that has since been taken down.
“We welcome them into the restaurant when they are off duty, out of uniform, and without their weapons,” the post read.
Police Chief Bill Scott said that the officers were visiting Hilde and Jesse as part of the department’s “community engagement” efforts. “We are intentional about asking our officers to support local businesses and get to know those they’re sworn to safeguard,” Scott said on Twitter. “I believe the vast majority of San Franciscans welcome their police officers.”
Later in the weekend, Hilde and Jesse owners updated their statement on Instagram, saying they “made a mistake” and “handled this badly.”
“We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe,” the post reads. “We hope this will be a teachable moment for us as we repair and continue to build bridges with the SFPD.”
More food news:
🍍 On December 18, the team behind Chinatown’s Mister Jiu’s is scheduled to open a cafe and gift shop in the Grant Avenue entrance of its Michelin star restaurant. Named Soon and Soon Souvenir Shop, it’ll feature a coffee menu “inspired by Hong Kong’s cafe culture,” Chronicle reporter Elena Kadvany writes. The shop’s baked goods, including a pineapple bun called a “bolo bao,” will come from Grand Opening, which was started by a former Mister Jiu’s pastry chef. (Chronicle)
🥓 Hoyul Steven Choi, the restaurateur behind “Millionaire’s Bacon” and popular San Francisco brunch spots Sweet Maple and Kitchen Story, says he’s opening six new restaurants across the Bay Area next year, and eventually, he hopes to have at least 50 more locations across the country. “I think this is a good time for a quantum leap,” he said. (Chronicle)
Quick bits: Bite-sized news stories from across the city
👀 More than 200 cast members and thousands of others are boycotting this year’s Great Dickens Christmas Fair at the Cow Palace due, in part, to alleged “racist behavior toward performers of color,” the SFist’s Joe Kukura writes. “If you have attended, volunteered, or worked at The Great Christmas Dickens Fair in San Francisco you know the joyful spirit of the holidays it represents,” reads the petition calling for the boycott. “Unfortunately, that joy is not experienced by everyone.” (SFist / Chronicle)
😔 A 90-year-old marble statue outside the Legion of Honor museum was vandalized late last week leaving the two sons of the Greek god Laocoön headless. (SFist)
🎄 SFGATE reporter Andrew Chamings confirmed on Monday that San Francisco’s official Christmas isn’t the massive one in Union Square. It’s the Monterey cypress at the entrance of Golden Gate Park (near Stanyan) that doesn’t look like a Christmas tree at all. (SFGATE)
What else I’m reading: Links to browse at your leisure
Controversial math guidelines have had mixed results at San Francisco Unified (CalMatters via the Examiner)
SF Superior Court Drowning in Case Backlog, Public Defender Calls it ‘Humanitarian Crisis’ (SFist)
Walton calls for SFMTA to restore a key bus line in Vis Valley (48 Hills)
The SFGATE’s Tessa McLean reports that tech CEO Vignan Velivela purchased the Hills Bros. Coffee mansion in Presidio Heights (complete with an in-home gym, walk-in safe, and elevator) last week for $12.3 million.
Serendipitously, McLean writes, the home’s new owner also runs his tech company out of an Embarcadero office where the Hills Brothers coffee plant stood decades ago. Compass realtor Karen Mendelsohn Gould called the transaction a “rare and whimsical opportunity!”
That’s all for today! Thanks so much for reading y’all and we’ll see you back here tomorrow. - Nick B.