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EMPTY, BUT RENTED
With the continuing onrush of national and international fashion and cosmetics brands onto upper Fillmore Street, retail space has become so sought after that corporate tenants are willing to pay rent for months while their storefronts sit empty, waiting for city permits to be approved.
A dozen storefronts north of Bush Street are now vacant, but almost all are already leased.
Among the stores in the works:
• Intermix, the Gap’s newest acquisition, is taking over Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece space at 2223 Fillmore.
• 45rpm, a Japanese clothing brand, is coming to 1905 Fillmore.
• Space NK, a cosmetics company based in London, plans to open at 2000 Fillmore, former home of Paolo Shoes.
Among the other businesses with leases on the street are Frye Boots at 2047 Fillmore and Ardis Coffee at 1903 Fillmore, now occupied by the Ministry of Supply pop-up. Blue Bottle Coffee is coming to 2455 Fillmore.
CITY PUTS YOSHI'S
UP FOR GRABS
More than a year after it went dark, Yoshi's jazz club and restaurant at 1330 Fillmore is still looking for new life.
City officials have announced they are looking for interested buyers — and for local citizens to help choose among the ideas proposed. More information and applications are here.
To stir up activity in the meantime, the city is offering to lease some of the public areas in the building to community groups. Book here.
COMING AND GOING AT
DIVIS AND CALIFORNIA
The busy intersection of California and Divisadero is getting ever livelier — and tastier.
• While longtime local favorite Food Inc. has closed after more than 20 years, it will be replaced by a new wine bar called Scopo Divino.
• Across the street, Tataki has moved its sushi bar a few doors west into a sleek new home. In its old space, the owners have opened Limu & Shoyu, which they’re billing as “San Francisco’s only sustainable poke bar.”
• On the corner, Wild Hare has been taken over by the owners of Lightning Tavern on Union Street. The name will remain the same, but there’s a new menu, and changes to the look of the place are coming. “It doesn’t feel like a frat house anymore,” says staffer Stephanie Mancia. “A lot of the regulars have come back.”
• And more change is coming: Bistro SF Grill, the burger joint that got its start as a pop-up on Saturday mornings at the Fillmore Farmers Market, will be closing within a couple of months and moving to Castro and 24th. “We’re sad to leave,” says co-owner Hasim Zecic. “We know our neighbors. When we got here it was just cars, no people. Now it’s friendlier and busier.”
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