Harvest and Rowe Owner Calls It a Coincidence That She Was Blocking JapaCurry

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Harvest and Rowe
Alison Rowe.
​Harvest and Roe owner Alison Rowe tells SFoodie she's been unfairly depicted as a foe of food trucks, when she's merely one of 20 brick-and-mortar business owners in her immediate neighborhood who have problems with the police Department granting permits to JapaCurry.

"I love food trucks," says Rowe. "I started at the farmers' market with Blue Bottle and Miette. The only thing I disagree on is the location." Rowe says she sold for several months at the Berkeley farmers' market back in 2002, and she says she's a supporter of events like Off the grid. But trucks in Downtown? She thinks they have no business being there, even if the Police Department's permit officer thought otherwise in the case of JapaCurry.

Rowe faults the city for not doing enough research on brick-and-mortars in the area before issuing the permits, especially in a time of flux, before the authority for mobile vending shifts to the Department of Public Works. "I think we'll give them the benefit of the doubt and call it a mistake." What about JapaCurry owner Jay Hamada, who thought he was acting in good faith? Rowe says he can go anywhere he wants ― as long as it's not Downtown.

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Rowe's car, parked yesterday in front of 75 Second Street. She says she's received a threat that her tires would end up slashed.
​"The benefit of that business model is that you can go anywhere," Rowe says. "I think that's an important distinction. So I wouldn't say that [Hamada] is the most hurt party here."

As for parking her car in the commercial zone on Second Street where JapaCurry has a permit to sell, Rowe says she's parked there for nine years. And JapaCurry's other space on Mission and New Montgomery streets, where Rowe's car happened to be last Thursday, when JapaCurry arrived? Rowe says her office is nearby, and it was pure coincidence that she was parked there.

"I always park in those places," she says. Asked the address of her office on Mission Street, Rowe declines to say, adding she feels "stalked." And since our post went up about the blocked parking spaces, Rowe says she got a phone call at the restaurant form a woman who threatened to slash her tires if she saw her car in one of JapaCurry's spots. Rowe says her restaurant supports seven families, and she invites anyone who wants to talk about the JapaCurry issue to come speak to her at Harvest and Rowe.

Asked if her car would be parked on Mission Street tomorrow, when JapaCurry is scheduled to sell there, Rowe says she doesn't know.

So where does Rowe think food trucks ought to be, if not ear her restaurant or office? Mission Bay, she says. "There's the Gap and a lot of other corporate entities moving in there and not a lot of infrastructure of cafes. On the weekends there's Ocean Beach and Marina Green ― I genuinely believe that those places would benefit from food trucks. But I don't see food trucks on Chestnut Street or Downtown."

"I think it's a messy issue," Rowe says. "I think we just need to find a new home for the trucks." A new home far from her place of business.

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monkeyfrog
monkeyfrog

Talk about shooting yourself in the foot lady. Keep it up and people are going to go eat SUBWAY rather than give you a dime of their money. Such childish behavior.

Chaki Time
Chaki Time

Oh cool not only is she completely shady but a liar too.

Charlie
Charlie

Everyone should boycott Harvest and Rowe. If you want salad-y type food, go around the corner to Mixt Greens, which will probably have a line at lunch time because it has better food.

Filo
Filo

Yes, I completely agree. Mixt Green around the corner has much much better salad and there's always a line. I've been only to Harvest and Rowe once and I've never been back there. Now I know why it's always empty.

Voiceofreason
Voiceofreason

i would love to see the reaction of other merchants if japa curry parked elsewhere in the city. go have him park on chestnut street......rents are so expensive in sf, you people are not thinking. if this was new york, hamada's truck would be set on fire. posting a pic of rowe's truck is an invitation for vandals and other forms of harassment. please post your addresses so i can park my winnebago in front of your house. can i also use your bathroom? i am going to set up a t-shirt stand in front of your clothing store....thankfully the people selling fruit on the corners have disappeared, it's starting to look like mexico here. 2nd street is not a food court.

guest
guest

I've bought some the best tasting fruit in the city from the people selling on the corner.

Charlie
Charlie

What a stupid comment. There are plenty of other food trucks parked downtown in both SF and New York. And some food trucks synergistically collaborate with brick and mortar establishments like art galleries and coffee shops, bringing business to both the truck and brick and mortar. New York actually has a long tradition of street food vendors selling hot dogs, pretzels, etc. out of carts. Your comment about the street looking like Mexico just paints you as the racist idiot that you are.

ItsPirrip
ItsPirrip

She only own her restaurant, not the entire street/neighborhood.. other people have the right to do business in that street/neighborhood."Rowe says he can go anywhere he wants ― as long as it's not Downtown." It seems to me she is trying to take the right of others doing business in that street/neighborhood.

GetoveritAlison
GetoveritAlison

Is she allowed to use that truck loading spot anyway? Does she have a special permit from the city to do so?

OhHeeeckNo
OhHeeeckNo

Yes she does. She her commercial plates, but it doesn't allow her to park for over an hour or keep feeding the meter.

SS39
SS39

Alison...don't bother saying that you're supporting 7 families. NO ONE is taking away your business. You're paranoid. You can still feed the families even with the food truck around. But you're bringing these 7 families down with you because now your business will be hurting NOT because of the food truck, but because your reaction towards the food truck. You're causing all these unnecessary drama with your car, and now look what happened? all eyes are on you and your restaurant. You got so many bad reviews on Yelp just from today. If you don't want to be depicted as a foe of food trucks, than stop acting shady. And if you did something, OWN IT. Show some balls, don't give us lame excuse "oh..I always park in those places......" And don't bother inviting us to come to your place to talk directly to you. For what? to chit chat? Just give the food truck a chance, mind your own business. People will leave you alone too.

Christopher Liberti
Christopher Liberti

Also, like others have posted, if I want japanese curry I do not want an organic salad. She is not losing business from them being here. If JapaCurry is not there I will walk all the way to Marucci's before stepping foot in here and it is much further from my office.

Itsnotnothing
Itsnotnothing

wait wait wait. seriously? calling something you'd previous vowed to do a coincidence? that's some bullsh*t. she's only calling it a 'a messy issue' cause she got caught and is being called out publicly and is having to face the consequences of her bad behavior.

SeanaLyn
SeanaLyn

Wow this woman is just full of excuses! Maybe if she spent as much time on her food as she does on her excuses it wouldn't suck. Look around you Ms Rowe...theres plenty of other places taking your business (because they actually have good food) so you dont need to pick on one guy since I highly doubt hes the one taking all your customers away. Maybe you should move your restaurant to the middle of nowhere if you dont want to deal with competition.

Christopher Liberti
Christopher Liberti

I guess she just doesn't want them where they can make money where there are lots of people. I still stand by my previous comment that I will not eat at her establishment.

Todd X.
Todd X.

Is there such a thing as a NIMDT? #notinmydowntown

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