BLACK BARK BBQ
1300 on Fillmore restaurant on October 25 celebrated its eighth anniversary in its heritage lounge, surrounded by historic photos from the glory days when the neighborhood was known as the Harlem of the West and jazz was jumping on the street.
But the main question on many minds was when owners Monetta White and David Lawrence will open their long-promised Black Bark BBQ joint across the street at 1325 Fillmore. The answer: this month, before Thanksgiving.
A GREEN LIGHT
FOR BLUE BOTTLE
The city Planning Commission on October 15 gave its approval to ambitious plans by Blue Bottle Coffee to combine the two spaces at Fillmore & Jackson — formerly occupied by Tully’s Coffee and Juicy News — into a single space serving Blue Bottle and pastries from Tartine Bakery, which Blue Bottle now owns. Work is underway.
THE LATEST FASHIONS
COMING TO FILLMORE
Now that the modernists at Zinc Details have completed the consolidation of their furniture emporium in the expansive space at 1633 Fillmore, expect more fashion in their first home at 1905 Fillmore.
Amour Vert will pop up again in the space temporarily — the brand’s third time popping up on Fillmore — while a new Japanese fashion line gets its permits in order.
At 2047 Fillmore, the longtime
home of Vitamin Express, look for Frye Boots to open a new shop offering both its signature footwear and a line of clothing for men and women.
GAP'S NEW LINE
Among the other fashion stores with eyes on Fillmore is Intermix, a group of 42 boutiques acquired by Gap Inc. in 2012.
Intermix describes itself as “a multi-brand women’s fashion retailer” that favors locations on neighborhood streets — such as 2223 Fillmore, now the home of Brooks Brothers’ Black Fleece, which Intermix hopes to replace next year.
A few doors north at 2237 Fillmore, the women’s boutique Limu has closed and will be succeeded by Paige Denim.
Paige is a high-flying brand already available in stores across the country now beginning to open its own shops. Fillmore will be the seventh.
COMING OUR WAY
If it’s not fashion, it’s cosmetics. A new company, Space NK, plans to bring its curated selection of beauty and wellness products from around the world to 2000 Fillmore, currently home of Paolo Shoes.
PAINT 'N' SIP
The Planning Commission has given the go-ahead to Pinot’s Palette, which bills itself as “America’s fastest-growing franchise,” at 1981 Sutter, formerly a deli and grocery.
At its 130 existing or planned locations around the country, customers come together for an evening to create a painting while they drink wine.
WISE SONS BAGELS
Construction is nearly complete on the new Wise Sons Bagel bakery and cafe at 1520 Fillmore, and some baking has already begun. Don’t expect bagels and cafe service until after Thanksgiving.
The bakery that will produce up to 5,000 bagels daily, plus other Jewish delicacies. There will also be a 12-seat retail shop.
The wise sons who own the joint — Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman — say they are looking forward to bringing alive the Fillmore's Jewish history.
MARK JACOBS GOES
UPSCALE ON FILLMORE
Gone are the T-shirts, the cheeky slogans, the bins of Marc by Marc Jacobs tchotchkes. And it’s unlikely a giant chick will make a nest in the window come next spring.
The offerings inside the shop on the corner of Fillmore and Sacramento have been suddenly downsized and upscaled, the Marc by Marc Jacobs nameplate outside quietly replaced by lettering that says only Marc Jacobs.
The higher-end Marc Jacobs boutique on Maiden Lane, near Union Square, has been closed and incorporated into the Fillmore shop.
SIGNS 10-YEAR LEASE
The father-daughter team who own Fillmore Bakeshop at Fillmore & Bush have signed a new 10-year lease.
Elena and Doug Basegio have developed a loyal local following in the five years since they took over Patisserie Delanghe. At first it looked like a 90 percent rent hike might force them out. They’re still facing a big increase, but hoping to make it work. Those fruit pies are safe.
AT THE AMELIA
In the same block of setback storefronts underneath the Amelia condos, there are now two vacancies. First Barry for Pets closed after 40 years on Fillmore at the end of April. Now the fashion shop A City Obsession has called it quits barely a year after arriving.
NOW IT’S THE
What has most recently been the Hotel Tomo at 1800 Sutter in Japantown — sold last year to Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants — has been remodeled and rechristened the Kimpton Buchanan.
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. 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]
JUICY NEWS MOVES
TO UNION STREET
Juicy News, the newstand at 2453 Fillmore for the past 23 years, is settling into its new home down the hill at 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."
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.
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