Stay-at-home orders lifted / Anchor Steam's new logo

It's Monday, January 25th.

Hey! Happy Monday. 

Typically, I send these newsletters in the mornings, but this week I wanted to try publishing them in the afternoon. Basically, I’m hoping to figure out if it’s better to wake up to a newsletter with yesterday’s news or to receive one later in the day (around 5 or 6 pm). Let me know if you have feelings either way! 

Another quick note: there’s a lot more of you here! What started just a couple of weeks ago as a regular-old email sent to my wife and few friends (and mother-in-law!), now has almost 300 subscribers. 

It’s so exciting to see people connect with this idea to make local news easier (and more enjoyable) to follow. Thank you again for subscribing, and I really hope that over time The SF Minute can become a regular part of your day.

And now, onto the news:


  • Outdoor dining and other activities, like hair and nail appointments, will be allowed to resume this Thursday, Mayor London Breed said at a press conference Monday afternoon. The announcement followed California Governor Gavin Newsom’s lift earlier Monday morning on the state’s regional stay-at-home orders that had been in place since December 3rd. “Today is a good day,” Breed said. “You can go outside and celebrate and throw your hands in the air. Just keep your mask on.” Breed said she expects San Francisco to be in the “purple tier” of the state’s reopening plan, which is the most restrictive of the four tiers. Here’s a full list of the activities and businesses that can open at each tier. 

  • The UC Regents voted unanimously last Thursday in-favor of UCSF’s major expansion and modernization efforts for its original, Parnassus campus. The approval allows UCSF to move forward with its 30-year project, which includes a new hospital, research facilities, and offices that will add 2 million square feet to its footprint. San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors wanted the Regents to delay their vote to give the public more time to understand the proposal, though as Public Comment reported, the expansion has been the subject of 28 community meetings since 2018. In an agreement with the city, UCSF plans to build 1,200 housing units for students and faculty, 40% of which will be set at below-market rates. 

  • San Francisco’s most iconic beer, Anchor Steam, is getting a major makeover. Anchor Brewing said Monday that its Steam Beer would ditch its vintage label (which has been mostly untouched since 1965) for something of a more “retro-modern aesthetic.” Anchor’s porter, California lager, and Liberty Ale will sport the updated design as well. “Change is always hard,” Anchor’s head of innovation brewing Dane Volek told The Chronicle, “but it’s about keeping the future alive.” To help ease the shock for patrons, Anchor is selling six-packs of Steam Beer for a “retro-priced” $1.99 on its website (limit one per person). Orders can be picked up from its Potrero Hill brewery this Thursday through Sunday. 

  • Good List Alert. The SF Gate put out a good list this weekend of buzzy, new pizza spots around the Bay, including two places in the city that I really want to try: Above Ground (vegan pizza on Mission Street, between 17th and 18th) and Outta Sight (an elusive pop-up that sells its pies through Instagram DMs every-other-week). 

  • Steph Curry is now second on the NBA’s list for most-made three-pointers, surpassing Reggie Miller on Saturday during the Warriors’ 127-108 loss to the Utah Jazz.

  • And finally, while walking around Hayes Valley on Saturday, I stumbled upon local artist Nicole Hayden painting a new mural of poet Amanda Gorman in the window of the former French bistro, Revelry (located on the corner of Page and Laguna Street). 

If you haven’t watched Gorman deliver her poem “The Hill We Climb” at last week’s inauguration, you should take 5-minutes now. And if you find yourself in Hayes Valley sometime soon, it’s worth checking out Hayden’s mural in-person.

That’s all for today. Thanks so much for reading and have a great night! -Nick


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