This is the story in her own words of a neighborhood cat on the way to the pound who brought joy into a number of households in the neighborhood — and a bit of local fame to herself.
A NEW INCARNATION
AT OCTAVIA & BUSH
An elegant new dining option has arrived in the neighborhood, with Octavia opening at the corner of Octavia and Bush, previously home of Baker & Banker, Quince, Meetinghouse and others.
Under chef-owner Melissa Perello — much lauded for her cooking at Frances in the Castro — the dining room is lighter and more minimal and the menu simplified and seasonal. Initial reviews are glowing. Octavia is open for dinner, except on Monday, and a private dining room is coming in the former downstairs bakery.
[From the archives:
A place with a past]
The news that Blue Bottle Coffee is pursuing a shop at Fillmore and Jackson got even more tantalizing when the Blue Bottle-Tartine Bakery merger was announced.
Most of the focus has been on the duo’s plans to expand into Tokyo, New York and Los Angeles. But it could bring a new gathering place to the top of Fillmore Street, too.
“We’re very excited about the prospect of joining this lovely neighborhood,” said Blue Bottle boss James Freeman. It’s a smaller deal, but an even more exciting prospect for the neighborhood, than the earlier coupling when Starbucks paid $100 million for Fillmore’s La Boulange.
POPS UP AGAIN
While the casual Italian shoe brand Superga pursues its permits to move into 2326 Fillmore, women’s eco-fashion retailer Amour Vert has popped up again in the space. Amour Vert had a temporary pop-up in the former Jurlique space at 2136 Fillmore during the holiday season.
JUICY NEWS MOVES
TO UNION STREET
Juicy News, the newstand at 2453 Fillmore for the past 23 years, has moved down the hill to 2181 Union Street, just a few doors east of Fillmore.
"It's an eight minute walk and five blocks away from our old location," says owner Mo Salimi.
Its new digs were once the home of the legendary Minerva's Owl bookstore. "This shop had massive history," says Salimi. "So good vibes and heritage all around."
The San Francisco-based natural beauty products online retailer Credo is opening its first brick-and-mortar location at 2136 Fillmore, formerly home of Jurlique cosmetics. The store will offer 100 different brands of all-natural products.
“We are looking for it to be a destination where people can go to look and feel beautiful,” says Credo founder Shashi Batra. “It is nothing more than what the natural food markets have done for grocery shopping, except in beauty.”
PAINT STORE MOVES
TO THE FILLMORE
Lower Fillmore has a useful new business: a paint store. G&R Paint Co. — the highly regarded purveyor of Benjamin Moore and other paint at 1238 Sutter — has moved to 1491 Webster, in the Safeway parking lot.
The store is part of the locally owned Creative Paint company, which has four paint stores and two hardware stores, including Brownie’s on Polk Street.
TWO NEW TASTES
COMING ON CALIFORNIA
Construction is nearly complete on the new Smitten ice cream shop coming to 2404 California, formerly the home of Copy.net.
A few blocks west at California and Divisadero, construction is proceeding on a corner shop to be called
B. on the Go. It’s a new venture from Belinda Leong, the master pastry chef behind B. Patisserie across the street.
The former market at 2794 California will provide extra space for the patisserie, plus a new venture still to be announced. They're shooting to open by early June.
PROGRESS COMES TO
THE JAZZ DISTRICT
T here’s a whole lot of shakin’ going on with the dining scene on Fillmore Street just south of the Geary bridge.
• The biggest news is the debut at 1525 Fillmore of The Progress, the new and more formal restaurant from State Bird Provisions chef-owners Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski — who also just snagged another James Beard Award, this time as best chefs in the west.
• Across the street, owner Jade Kim has transformed the small space at 1552 Fillmore into Zoomaak, a cross-cultural Korean wine and tapas bar. The Chronicle says it's "as colorful as its Korean drinks."
• A block south, the husband-and-wife team of David Lawrence and Monetta White, owners of 1300 on Fillmore, plan a second spot at 1325 Fillmore, across from the mother ship. It will be a barbecue joint called Black Bark, opening soon.
• After being plagued by flooding problems, Gussie’s Chicken & Waffles at 1521 Eddy Street, near Fillmore, has called it quits.
FASHION ON FILLMORE:
COMINGS & GOINGS
The new high-tech Rebecca Minkoff store is now open at 2124 Fillmore, formerly home of the Pure Beauty store.
Peruvian Connection has closed its boutique at 2326 Fillmore, noting on its website that it had "outgrown this charming space."
HeidiSays has reimagined its original location at 2426 Fillmore and consolidated its two stores on the block. HeidiSays Shoes will remain at 2105 Fillmore.
Popping up: Online men's fashion retailer Ministry of Supply has opened temporarily in the space at 1903 Fillmore that was previously part of Zinc Details.
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