Recent additions to the architectural landscape – built during the challenges of a globally redefining pandemic – are new, vital structures that represent the spirit of local communities that are ready to revive and reinvigorate.
Since Hummus Bodega opened its doors at the corner of Geary Boulevard and 20th Avenue about a year ago, the Israeli-style café has been serving the community in more ways than one.
For the owner and employees of Underdogs Too restaurant on Taraval near Ocean Beach, 2020 kept getting worse. On the morning of Dec. 15 at around 7:15 a.m., Doug Marschke, the owner of the bar and Mexican food restaurant at 3600 Taraval St., woke up to find neighbors texting him that his business was on fire.
The Cliff House, one of San Francisco’s iconic and enduring landmarks and eateries, closed on Dec. 31.
Chalos on Taraval Street, in the Parkside neighborhood at the heart of the Sunset District, is a gem of an eatery, bringing gourmet coffee and Argentine-inspired snacks to the neighborhood.
Yo Tambien Cantina on Hugo Street and Fourth Avenue in the Inner Sunset District offers community; a place to sit, unwind and relax into conversation with loved ones or total strangers.
The Inner Sunset has a new flavor added to its diverse plate of eateries. And the owners are excited to share their creations with the community. That new entry into the food scene is Queens, a Korean market on Ninth Avenue, just steps from Golden Gate Park.
The Richmond District’s Kabuto Restaurant has been serving Japanese food to Bay Area residents since 1982. Current owner Eric Cho, who came to the United States from Korea in 1987 to study, purchased the restaurant in 2005 when the original owners retired.
Although it has changed hands a number of times over the years, Eats restaurant has served breakfast, lunch and brunch at the corner of Clement Street and Second Avenue for almost 45 years.
Kabayel and his girlfriend, Demirtas, noticed that there were no Mediterranean restaurants in their Central Richmond neighborhood and they began to dream of opening one of their own.
“Keep Cassava open on Balboa Street” was the name of the GoFundMe campaign started by Yuka Ioroi, the general manager of the Outer Richmond restaurant, Cassava.
Lai says that “99 percent” of his long-time clients, many of whom were initially hesitant to see their friendly local hangout change, are very supportive of the restaurant’s update.
The menu draws inspiration from Melvin’s family roots in New Orleans. One of the first challenges they faced though was how to capture all of the family dishes that had been passed down verbally and “made from the heart and soul.”
Malasa is a Filipino-inspired brunch restaurant nestled inside Crawstation on Ninth Avenue at Judah. Open every weekend from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.