July 2014

Short Cuts

Steven J. Moss

Perfect Potrero

On a perfect Saturday evening last month, a roundtrip stroll from the Mishpot to Dogpatch uncovered a myriad of delights. On Treat Avenue, a.p.vin winery was holding its regular weekend afternoon tastings of neighborhood-made pinot noirs. At 18th Street, cars disgorged couples elegantly dressed in 1920s attire, in route to a benefit gala at the Homeless Prenatal Program. Over the freeway, down and back up a steep slope, Goat Hill Pizza was bursting with spirited diners, enjoying sourdough slices. In Dogpatch, the Dinner Lab had taken over a Third Street incubator to offer its latest multi-course pop-up meal. A few blocks south, Magnolia Brewing Company served some of the best beef brisket and pastrami that can be found in the City, in a remodeled American Industrial Center space that exquisitely mixes 19th century authenticity with 21st century cleanliness. And, as a sliver of moon rose into the sky, a small crowd gathered on the 20th Street freeway overpass to watch a “bicycle ballet” below; a half-dozen illuminated bicyclists circling and wobbling to the spirited tune of an amplified guitar. The night was made complete by a too-close stumble across a skunk on the Kansas Street stairs. The only scent that lingered was of lush, sweet-smelling plants, cultivated further down the road, back in Mishpot, on the way to Urban Putt, which has become an instant San Francisco classic.


Potrero Hill-based family-owned art supply store ARCH is being evicted from its location after 13 years. According to Aaron Gordon, whose family has owned the building for roughly 40 years, the main reason behind the action is to shore up the structure; the family plans to spend more than a million dollars on an earthquake retrofit. The news comes on the heels that FLAX—another locally-owned art supply store—will be vacating its mid-Market street location to make way for condominiums. Susie Colliver, ARCH’s founder and owner, started the business in 1978 when she was just 25 years old. Originally catering to architects in two previous Jackson Square locations, the store started selling art supplies after architects went digital and demand for drafting materials dried up. Facing pressure during the first dot-com boom, ARCH relocated to the store’s current location in 2001. Colliver learned in April that she’d need to be out of the building sometime this summer, possibly as soon as this month, though she’s negotiating for an extension to the end of September. According to Colliver, her newest staff member has been at the store for more than three years, while four others have been with her for more than 20, and they’re paid accordingly, with full benefits. “We would love to stay nearby,” said Colliver. “We enjoy being a part of the local arts community. We sell things that people need in order to do creative activity. You can’t have a thriving intellectual community without libraries and bookstores. You can’t have a thriving art scene without galleries and art supply stores.” 

Flawless Topping

This summer Recchiuti Confections is offering a milk chocolate caramel sauce, perfect for ice cream. The confection has smoky caramel notes, created by blending caramel syrup into a smooth creamy milk chocolate, with a stamp of carbonized sugar. Handmade in small batches, the limited run sauce is on sale in nine ounce containers for $11 at Little Nib on 22nd Street…If you’re looking for something more in the deep-fried-on-a-stick category, check out the Alameda County Fair, which closes on July 6. You’ll find spaghetti ice cream, crisp bacon bowl slider, and “Drunken Pickle Poppers,” along with, of course, the usual deep fried grilled cheese sandwiches and peanut butter cups. The fastest way to gain ten pounds: take the Bay Bridge to the county fair!

Imperfect Paper

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Charles Sheehan was misquoted in last month’s “Short Cuts.” According to Sheehan, he didn’t actually speak with the View about the Hunters Point Shipyard development, since he doesn’t work for Lennar and doesn’t know their plans. Sheehan also says his statements about energy weren’t accurately reflected in the paper… And while AltSchool has a Dogpatch campus, it’s headquartered South-of-Market, contrary to what was implied in June’s “AltSchool Recreating Traditional Schoolhouses.” 

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