More JapaCurry Parking Space Drama Today

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Jay Hamada with the mysterious meter-feeding Anna.
​Just when you thought it couldn't, the JapaCurry truck saga just got stranger.

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Busted! Hamada talking with Anna in front of Harvest and Rowe later in the day.
​Wednesday's the day JapaCurry has a permit to park on Mission at New Montgomery. Owner Jay Hamada told SFoodie that, to ensure that Harvest and Rowe's Alison Rowe (or some other party) wouldn't block one of the spaces he needs to maneuver his truck to the curb, he hired two people to sit in their cars and hold the spaces. "Just in case ― I had a bad feeling," Hamada said.Trouble is, there are four metered spaces on that stretch of Mission, including one for commercial loading. Hamada said that a blue pickup truck was parked in the loading zone, which would have prevented JapaCurry from pulling up to the curb, except that the third space ― the one not occupied by his paid curb-sitters ― happened to open up at that moment. A woman Hamada had never seen before (i.e., not Alison Rowe) came to feed the meter in yellow zone where the blue pickup was parked. Hamada said he asked her why she was feeding the meter, and if somebody had asked her to feed it. She told him that some restaurant owner she didn't know had asked her to do it ― something about a farmers' market and a catering company ― and then scurried off.

After lunch Hamada went to Harvest and Rowe to try to find Alison Rowe to talk about what's been happening. "I was trying to find a solution," Hamada said. Well, well, well: Who should be in the restaurant but the woman who'd been feeding the meter on Mission; Hamada said she seemed surprised to see him. She gave her name as "Anna," described herself as a friend of Alison Rowe's, but said that Rowe was busy talking to someone else (a lawyer, she said) and couldn't speak with Hamada. He didn't stick around.

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JapaCurry's line at 11:30 this morning.
​SFoodie called Alison Rowe to ask about the blue pickup and the woman named Anna. Rowe said she didn't arrive at Harvest and Rowe today until 2 p.m. "I don't have any employees that are involved," she said. "There are plenty of restaurants in the area, and I'm very sorry, but I specifically stayed away from Downtown until this afternoon so I wouldn't be accused of being involved in anything."

Rowe said she doesn't have any employees named Anna, though she does have a friend with that name who sometimes comes Downtown to visit.

Did her friend Anna come Downtown today? Did Rowe see Anna at Harvest and Rowe today?

"I have not seen Anna," Rowe said. But as far as she knew, did Anna come to the restaurant today? Rowe paused. "I don't know what else to say. We are not involved with Mr. Hamada."

The drama may or may not continue tomorrow, when JapaCurry is again scheduled to park on Mission Street. Meanwhile, SFoodie hasn't yet gotten a call back from Police Department permits officer Alfreddie Steward, who issued JapaCurry's permits in the first place. Nor did we hear back yesterday or today from Regina Dick-Endrizzi, director of the city's Office of Small Business, who originally told us she'd taken an interest in resolving the conflict between Rowe and Hamada. Looks like so far, the City is letting Hamada and Rowe fight this out by themselves.

Oh, and one more thing: All the controversy doesn't seem to have hurt JapaCurry's business. Just after 11:30 a.m. today, the line stretched 24 long ― almost exactly the number of people queued around the corner, on the sidewalk in front of new lunch phenom Sushirrito.

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swag
swag

I really can't wait until this food-out-of-a-truck fad dies the horrible death it deserves.

SKL
SKL

Ms. Rowe needs to back off -- this is NOT doing her any good!

Telfer
Telfer

Whose car is it? Good question. However, avoids the issue of a real issue. So what if this woman Anna is a friend of Alison or the area restaurants? Is this she a concerned citizen or secret spy? Seems some regular customers are going to bat for the brick and mortars business model, but we have real jobs, too. This all seems a deflection of the real issues, and camping on my slim paycheck would sure piss me off. And I'd miss my Four Barrel fix if harvest gives it up. Are you sure Hamada’s permit is legit? How about some facts instead of just writing what Hamada says. I heard that he snuck a permit through right before the rules changed and got something signed from a retiring police officer who didn’t even bother to look at the neighborhood.

Luxurylatte
Luxurylatte

Which is why the city needs to step in and back Hamada up, instead of letting you and Allison's other personalities to bully him out of the area with lies and bulls...

Why hasn't she been cited yet? Where is the Board of Sups? Hello! Which one represents this district?

Any real business owner knows to use a food truck visit to their advantage. They sell curry, put a sign in the window for salads etc. Have a deal of the day. Are you writing this down Allie? In the east bay, many rest are smart enough to not mind it, because one, the truck is only in the location for 1-2 days a week, and two, people are getting familiar with the area and come back and try the brick n mortar's later, or even grab something from them as well to go along with their lunch. Hell I found two separate brink n mortar spots last week alone thanks to a food truck. In the meantime, childish and incompetent biz owners such as Allie throw full blown hissy fits and rattle off delusions of grandeur. The majority of the neighborhood don't support you dear. In fact, they think your an idiot and it's YOUR actions that are ENDANGERING their bottom line. There are a number of places in the area with similar offerings such as yourself, yet you believe you deserve exception because your renting a retail space? We don't need your overpriced sandos... your sorry salads, your arrogance. Park your heart out precious. And as your biz slowly dies out and you become nothing more then a footnote and an example to other biz owners on ethics (or lack therof) and free enterprise, and your forced to close your doors and load all your biz papers and knick knacks into your car parked out front, and drive away to the land of douchbag from whence you came, please... pretty please... just know this. You brought it on yourself...

You know, Paula Deen started out selling food from her home and a stand before she had enough to buy a rest and the rest is history. Thank god she didn't have a batshat crazy loon like you to stand in her way and her dreams and tell her no matter what papers she has or how hard she's working, her biz and her rights aren't the same as yours and she must go elsewhere.

DougSF
DougSF

I find it interesting that everyone is demonizing H&R when I'm pretty sure every brick restaurant around there is behind her as well, she just unfortunately became the "face" of the debate.

Working and eating every day in the FiDi I think the "competition" is more at price point rather than food. If you have $10 as your daily lunch allotment you aren't going to go to Fifth Floor, you are going to look at places that fit in that bracket, including H&R and apparently the curry truck.

Permits or not, I think it's naive to think that a truck that pulls up in front of your business is going to "enhance" your bottom line as some suggest or that you aren't going to lose customers to them. I could also see that the local restaurants feel the trucks have an unfair advantage, legal or not, so they are complaining to the city. Seems like the right thing to do.

Ms. Rowe isn't slashing tires and making personal attacks against Mr. Yamada, from what I understand, but she isn't shy about doing everything she can to protect her interests. If it wasn't her it would probably be someone else on the block.

I know enough people in the restaurant business to know I'd never want to be an owner, you have to love what you do because it's a lot of work and expense. Protecting your livelihood as well as the people you employ doesn't seem like an unreasonable expectation.

There must be a reasonable compromise, time for the city to step in.

Interesting that other restaurant owners aren't taking a public position on this, I'm guessing the are quietly behind H&R. If she was so blatantly out of line it seems like there would be lots of them stepping up to try to not let it negatively impact the restaurant community, but it doesn't seem to be the case (has it?)

The food truck thing seems like such a fad to me, it's totally a personal opinion, does anyone think these things are really here to stay? On the other hand, I thought the same thing about snowboarders, too.

Taking a contrarian view, I can see that H&R is protecting the interest of it and ultimately the employees of the restaurant and doing everything legally possible to fight off competition. I'm not so sure my employer would be fighting for my job so hard.

Disclaimer - I'm no shill, never been to either establishment, but wouldn't hesitate to visit either even with all this drama. If H&R has been around for 10+ years they must be doing something right and who doesn't like curry? I'd definitely try it if I see the truck at lunch time!

briansays
briansays

she may be nice but she is a liarher answers are evasive and non responsivegetting a foil to do her dirty work

Luxurylatte
Luxurylatte

The city needs to step in.

Paul Brennan as well as the rest of you H&R shills, you are wrong. Dead wrong. No, the food trucks DON'T have to go anywhere far out in the remote streets of Sunset or Haight to appease you. JapaCurry in particular followed the law, he has the right to park there. Your logic makes no sense. There are other spots in the area that also make sand and soups that have been in the area longer then you. There is more then one sushi rest. More then one burger joint. And they co-exist with each other because they compete with each other and focus on growing their OWN biz, not destroying the other with childish antics. A smart businesswoman would have welcomed the food truck outside and had lunch specials in the window, ah but not you. Nope, instead we feed the meter all day and play the victim.

It's called free enterprise. You should be ashamed of yourself. And why isn't the city cracking down on her? Isn't feeding a meter all day a violation? Wouldn't it also be a violation for a rest. owner to engage in these tactics and block a place of business as a mode of sabotage?

I'm glad there are citizens keeping an eye on this witch. This is beyond food trucks now. This is about preserving free enterprise and not letting an honest biz be bullied by an entitled delusional brick-n-mortar spot. Maybe YOU should move Allison.

risamay
risamay

Well, if there was *any* doubt in anyone's mind what sort of a business/person this Alison Rowe character is, that's now gone.

May her business go under, and pronto.

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

On what grounds did the last individual make his negative comments about an establishment he probably hasn't set foot in or met the person in question-the mob mind set is predictable - I am glad there are forums like this at the very least they highlight the disparity between room temperature IQ and thoughtful insightful perspective -pronto -the Italian word for Hello?

Arrivederci imbecile

Paul Brennan Avoca llc 415 260 8631

Steve
Steve

Hey Paul,

I doubt you speak Italian. Pronto does not mean Hello. It means ready and is used to answer the phone, as in I'm ready, you can speak now. Moshi moshi, is how you answer a phone in Japanese (my third language). It "sort of" means hello. It is never used in person. Next time you feel like making someone look stupid, you should get your facts straight. Pronto has been adopted into the English and is used to mean "right now" or "fast". And if you reply that you do speak Italian, well it'll just show that you have a very shallow understanding of the language. BTW I'm not leaving my name/number. I guess that makes my reply less legitimate than yours. Boohoo, I'll try not to lose any sleep or that.

Steve

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

Moshi moshi Steve No pithy comeback? Thought not.

"You have been served and found wanting"

Or an as an old rugby team mate of mine once said -Piss poor preparation makes for a piss poor perfomance..

Newsflash!Just heard Japacurry can't park on 2nd street -guess who won that round too?

Steve me old mucker -you're going to have to get up earlier in the morning..

Adieu - or as you would probably say -Its been real..

Going to sleep well tonight!Paul Brennan Avoca llc 415 260 8631

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

Moshi moshio pithy comeback? Thought not.

"You have been served and found wanting"

Or an as an old rugby team mate of mine once said -Piss poor preparation makes for a piss poor perfomance..

Newsflash!Just heard Japacurry can't park on 2nd street -guess who won that round too?

Steve me old mucker -you're going to have to get up earlier in the morning..

Adieu - or as you would probably say -Its been real..

Going to sleep well tonight!Paul Brennan Avoca llc 415 260 8631

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

Moshi moshio pithy comeback? Thought not.

"You have been served and found wanting"

Or an as an old rugby team mate of mine once said -Piss poor preparation makes for a piss poor perfomance..

Newsflash!Just heard Japacurry can't park on 2nd street -guess who won that round too?

Steve me old mucker -you're going to have to get up earlier in the morning..

Adieu - or as you would probably say -Its been real..

Going to sleep well tonight!Paul Brennan Avoca llc 415 260 8631

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

Steve

Making assumptions about people-not smart -Pronto chi parla? In Italian means -hello who is speaking -sono pronto - means I am ready -the duality of words is fabulous isn't it ? My first language is Italian -(I spent a total of 11 years there including being born there -then many times on business whilst living in Switzerland for 4 years-I also speak French fluently so touche.. I expect you lived for many years in Japan or is it merely conversational Japanese-from teaching English as a foreign language for 6 months 10 years ago?

PaulPaul Brennan Avoca llc 415 260 8631

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

Steve

Making assumptions about people-not smart -Pronto chi parla? In Italian means -hello who is speaking -sono pronto - means I am ready -the duality of words is fabulous isn't it ? My first language is Italian -(I spent a total of 11 years there including being born there -then many times on business whilst living in Switzerland for 4 years-I also speak French fluently so touche.. I expect you lived for many years in Japan or is it merely conversational Japanese-from teaching English as a foreign 10 years ago?

PaulPaul Brennan Avoca llc 415 260 8631

Lynn
Lynn

Well, this has descended into such nice civil dialogue - people who disagree with me are stupid, those with whom I agree are thoughtful and insightful.

And the person who doesn't know the meaning of Pronto in Italian is calling the other guy an imbecile.

friedchicken
friedchicken

I think I will stay away from this drama, if I want japanese curry when I am in downtown, I would go to Muracci's on Kearny.

Wilburio
Wilburio

The food truck business is a great thing for the consumer, but we can't forget the other businesses that it affects. If the bricks and mortar restaurants are fighting this it is not necessarily about greed, jealousy or nimbysm. Many are holding on by their fingernails and every dollar taken away by JapaCurry or whomever is another nail in the coffin and could very well put them under. I know about running a small business and this is realistic. But here's what is really going on: $10,000 for a food truck permit. That's why this is happening. The city is strapped for cash and this is one of their ideas to come up with extra revenue. Follow the money and that's (one place) where it leads you. Still, why not find underserved areas of the city and send the food trucks there? Seems like a compromise can and should be worked out.

Chris Hicks
Chris Hicks

What part of this city is "underserved?" The Inner Sunset? Where would you suggest Mr. Hamada park? Since you seem to have an extensive knowledge of San Francisco, being a small business owner and the city's budget, that should be an easy answer for you to come up with and solve this whole debate.

I'll wait for it...

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

The city has created this conflict by not respecting boundaries - truck permit fees are $10,000 -the average monthly rent for a decent size space downtown (unimproved)is $10,000 -so by the time you open your doors after refurbishing etc -well you can imagine you would be the wrong side of at least $150K ..let alone your monthly costs -.compare that to starting up a food truck business - its nominal -I would also long term have concerns about safety put enough food trucks in the mix and -as the food is typically prepared off site in someone's kitchen -the van has to pass muster by food and safety but I doubt there is much emphasisOn inspecting someone's private kitchen. Is there commercial refrigeration of food? How well are dishes pots and pans cleaned etc who can vouch for that ?

How is food sourced? I can tell you -you will find it hard to find fresher food than Harvest & Rowe -they source their vegetables from local organic farms -where does Mr Hamada get his bulk meat from? probably from some discount wholesaler,,

Alison Rowe is a Stanford MBA graduate who in my opinion has shown real courage and integrity during this obvious hate campaign by Mr Hamada and his cohorts who are out to make a fast buck.

Food trucks are here for now and unless the city limits their unrestricted roving through the city's hot lunch spots there will be more conflict..

Why not allow food trucks outside the convention center ? By the ballpark? No that would take money away from concession stands inside the stadium,,,and restaurants close to MOMO who depend on the income from out of town convention visitors would suffer.. there are clearly no easy answers but the city had better take note and step up to the plate and start taking action!

Paul Brennan Avoca llc 415 260 8631

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

Whether tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or take arms against a sea of troubles ..

Paul Brennan Avoca llc 415 260 8631

BemusedInSF
BemusedInSF

Mr. Brennan -

With all due respect, your comments conveniently and completely ignore the fact that Mr. Yamada is following SF law and ordinances that were in place when he received his permit. Mr. Rowe (and I know neither of them, nor have I eaten at either place) seems completely unwilling to accept that, and to accept the competition as allowed by the city.

If people want to buy your scare tactics about the cleanliness and sourcing of food for food trucks, isn't it their decision whether or not to patronize those trucks? Isn't that part of legitimate business competition? The customers should be able to decide, not Ms. Rowe and her meter-feeding tactics. How is exposure in a local food blog a "hate campaign", anyway?

For a Stanford MBA, Ms. Rowe certainly doesn't demonstrate very smart business skills. And neither, sir, do you. You both doth protest too much.

Telfer
Telfer

Hamada –Why don’t you give your personal vendetta against Alison Rowe a rest? Looks like you cheated, as no factual content about the foundational issues has been reported in the food blogosphere. Post your application, show us your facts.

Every restaurant in the neighborhood doesn’t want you there and for good reason. How about you try to compete fairly with all the neighborhood restaurants who think you slimed around the rules and lease a storefront or your own? There is an open one on Second Street, probably will be more when you and your food truck mob continue to unfairly compete with the traditional restaurants. I don’t know if your permit is legit, but having your friends stalk her and other people is a crime.

Sharon Yamamoto
Sharon Yamamoto

Moron. You are so off base, there are no words to describe it. Jay has no vendetta against her. Looks like the other way around to me.

Chris
Chris

Telfer, you are an idiot. The food trucks are moving with the times and giving us San Franciscans what we want, good food at a good price. Get with the times or die as a business.

BemusedInSF
BemusedInSF

How has this truck owner "slimed around the rules" when he complied with SF city law and ordinances to get a permit? Isn't it the owner of Harvest & Rowe the person who is unwilling to accept a validly issued permit and the one-hour limit on parking meters?

As for open restaurant spaces on 2nd Street, there will probably be one more unless Harvest & Rowe stops digging itself that very large hole.

LC11
LC11

Alison or Anna, next time post your real names. You don't speak for the the restaurants in that area. A unique food truck also brings people who don't normally visit that area, who might make additional purchases at any nearby shops, like buying drinks, a salad, a bag of chips, a newspaper, etc.

pual
pual

In response to Guy's comment -if you have carved out a customer base by working very hard to attract a very fickle paying customer through your doors when someone turns up literally on your doortep offering a similar product (ok so its not a salad but the price point is the same) with a fraction of your overhead -and you can't turn the key and move to the next location what would you do? I am a business owner thankfully not in the food business but I too pay employers taxes, payroll taxes , medical insurance, liabillty insurance and a little thing called rent. Food truck owners do not pay taxes just like restaurant owners you are misinformed -there is a city ordinance which stipulates that food trucks are advised not not park within 200 feet of a food establishment without consent from that patron..I know Alison through frequent visits to her restaurant -she is an incredibly knowledgeable and well informed individual -the city of San Francisco needs to protect its eateries because the last time i checked I'd rather be in gainful empoyment as a chef in a restaurant than in a food truck -one is a cash business -red flag! I wonder if the owners of these food carts are runnning payroll in quite the same way?-do they all have worker's compensation insurance? or are they mosrtly flying by the seat of their pants? dont get me wrong competition is the heartbeat of a thriving economy but a short sighted view ie I'm getting a fabulous deal on my sandwich, gyro, kebab or salad does'nt undescore the fact there should be some protection to businesses that provide genuine employment and make a substantially larger contribution to the city's bottom line!

Charlie
Charlie

How in the world can you classify a sit down salad cafe as having "a similar product" as a food truck that serves Japanese curry simply based on price point? Would you consider Chipotle to have "a similar product" as Harvest and Rowe? What about Sushirrito? There are dozens of food vendors offering "a similar product" called lunch by your silly definition.

Paul
Paul

In response to Charlie's comment: I think you missed the point Charlie -of course they are different food types but the dollars that go from the consumer into the hands of fthe food cart owner instead of the restaurant is the same...why should the food cart owner get to set up beside existing businesses without paying the overhead that the restaurant bears?-you usually find a food cart where there isnt the option of a restaurant or after hours outside a club -my favourite is a late night Kebab! But what happens when there is too much competition ? do you reallly want to see your favorite local restaurant go uinder ? Downtown food on the whole is done after 4pm -its a brief window of a few hours with a finite number of customers who usually will grab lunch within a coule of blocks of their work place... I would boycott the food cart that set up in front of my favorite lunchtime eatery not the other way round ...for all the right reasons ...not least of which they cant up and move if business is slow...they've earned their stripes..get it?

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

I apologize for getting personal - but wishing someone to fail because they show some backbone ...not nice

In reply to the ideology of choice - competition is great if its on a level playing field -that's why China can undercut the rest of the planet and the US doesn't have a global manufacturing industry anymore -there is always a cost associated with doing business but if you don't have to play by the same rules then there will be repercussions -how does a food truck deal with a bathroom break? Oh that's right they could ask to use the washroom of a restaurant they are under cutting and who are obliged by code to have at least a wash stand. Follow the money back to city hall ..its nothing to do with being egalitarian its everything to do with good old fashioned greed...at the expense of local businesses who have invested a great deal more ..

We have a choice to say "no" as well -the law is modified constantly -usually when pressure is applied..

Apologies for straying from the subject and getting personal -its my protective instinct -in case anyone had noticed Alison has not been involved in any of this online mud slinging -I think I've said more than enough -you can find me having an ahi salad and a cup coffee at Harvest & Rowe most lunchtimes.

SayonaraPaul Brennan Avoca llc 415 260 8631

Lynn
Lynn

Like it or not, food trucks are allowed "to set up besides existing businesses" because that's what SF law allows. I know it's shocking that every now and then, our local laws are actually pro-competitive, rather than anti-, but that's just the way it is.

If you're a chef and you don't want to work in a food truck, no one is forcing you to. No one is forcing anyone to work (or eat) where they don't want to. But last time I checked, this is a society and a marketplace in which we're (supposed to be) allowed to make those choices.

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

Alison Rowe is championing the cause of tax paying bricks and mortar restaurants -the city's decision to give so many foo trucks permits to operate downtown hasnot taken into consideration established businesses that in most cases have taken years to be profitable and have worked hard at nurturing lunchtime customers .

The fact that Japacurry did not have the proper paperwork is the first place speaks volumes for the much more cavalier attitude of the food truck phenomena.

Having said I certainly don’t want to demonize the “food truck” -but in order for it to co-exist with its more permanent neighbor -dialogue is critical and clearly if a food truck parks itself within shouting distance of a restaurant in direct competition - at the very least they should ask …is the space acceptable to you? do you feel i am in competition for your regular business? etc .

Case in point is the delicious Crepe food truck on corner of Howard and Second -I happen to know the owner -a charming and intelligent Turkisk lady who was smart enough not to start a turf war by approaching the owner of the excellent and well established Italian restaurant Umbria directly across the road from her stand.

Harvest & Rowe has superb fresh food served by a friendly fast and efficient staff -the restaurant is impeccably clean. Alison is a well educated caring member of our community -who also happens to have lots of courage and has worked hard to grow her small business ...I think people lose perspective and get caught up in the obvious stuff without seeing the bigger picture. .Bravo Alison -you have my support!!!

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

Alison Rowe is championing the cause of tax paying bricks and mortar restaurants -the city's decision to give so many food trucks permits to operate downtown has'nt taken into consideration established businesses that in most cases have taken years to be profitable and have worked hard at nurturing lunchtime customers .-the city just sees another way toline their coffers with fast cash through permit fees .

The fact that Japacurry didnt have the proper paperwork is the first place speaks volumes for the much more cavalier attitude of the food triuck phenomena.

Having said i certainly dont want to demonize the food truck -but in order for it to co-exist with its more permanent neighbour s-dialogue is critical and clearly if a food truck parks itself within shouting distance of a restaurant in direct competition with at the very least a..iis the space acceptable to you? do you feel i am in comeptetion for your regular business? etc .

Case in point is the delicious Crepe food truck on corner of Howard and Second -I happen to know the ownner -a charming and intelligent Turkisk lady who was smart wenough not tostart a turf war by approaching the owner of the excellent and well established Italian restaurant Umbria directly across the road from her stand.

Harvest & Rowe has superb fresh food served by a friendly fast and efficent staff -the restaurant is impeccably clean. Alison is a well educated caring member of our community -who also happens to have lots of courage and has worked hard to grow her small business ...I think people lose perspective and get caught up in the obvious stuff without seeing the bigger picture..Bravo Alison -you have my support!!!

Dogpatchsf
Dogpatchsf

I can't believe I hit "Like" by accident on a double post. I guess we all make mistakes.

But there's no way that this is a shill post, right? Right?

p.s. I believe in the tooth fairy

Lynn
Lynn

Hmmm, for someone who likes to quote Shakespeare and remind us several times about how smart Alison Rowe is (she went to Stanford!), you can't type or spell to save your life.

And you call that other poor poster an imbecile . . .

Charlie
Charlie

Only retard shills for Alison Rowe double post the same boot-licking comment.

pvbrennan
pvbrennan

Alison Rowe is championing the cause of tax paying bricks and mortar restaurants -the city's decision to give so many foo trucks permits to operate downtown hasnot taken into consideration established businesses that in most cases have taken years to be profitable and have worked hard at nurturing lunchtime customers .

The fact that Japacurry didnt have the proper paperwork is the fisrt place speaks volumes for the much more cavalier attitude of the food triuck phenomena.

Having said i certainly dont want to demonize the food truck -but in order for it to co-exist with its more permanent neighbour -dialogue is critical and clearly if a food truck parks itself within shouting distance of a restaurant in direct competition with at the very least a..iis the space acceptable to you? do you feel i am in comeptetion for your regular business? etc .

Case in point is the delicious Crepe food truck on corner of Howard and Second -I happen to know the ownner -a charming and intelligent Turkisk lady who was smart wenough not tostart a turf war by approaching the owner of the excellent and well established Italian restaurant Umbria directly across the road from her stand.

Harvest & Rowe has superb fresh food served by a friendly fast and efficent staff -the restaurant is impeccably clean. Alison is a well educated caring member of our community -who also happens to have lots of courage and has worked hard to grow her small business ...I think people lose perspective and get caught up in the obvious stuff without seeing the bigger picture..Bravo Alison -you have my support!!!

Sharon Yamamoto
Sharon Yamamoto

Boy, are you in the minority! It's obvious you were either hired by Alison or are a friend of hers. She's a liar and a jerk and actually, she's helping Jay by making it clear to all who is honest and offers the best quality food. SHE should pack it in and move away, not Jay.

food truck follower
food truck follower

Get your facts straight before commenting: JapaCurry DID have the right paperwork. Read the previous articles about this and you'll see. And the compliment you give to the restaurant and the owner - YOU must be the owner. No one gives compliments like THAT online. C'mon now - stop it with the 'Sybil complex'! By the way, I live across the Bay and frequent the food trucks here often. I rarely make to SF for anything. BUT NOW, I will definitely make it over there to pay a visit to the JapaCurry Truck!!!! So, Alison, or whatever you want to call yourself today, you have only yourself to BLAME!!

ssc
ssc

Rowe is harassing people. PERIOD. He has the proper permits. If not, he would NOT be allowed to sell food. Get it straight.

Guy
Guy

What you say is terribly one-sided. Truck owners have also worked hard to build their business, and certainly pay taxes just like restaurant owners.

Japacurry doesn't sell the same kind of food as Harvest & Rowe, so there is little chance of competition.

In any case, brick and mortar restaurants did not pay the city or taxpayers to keep their competition away. It is also clear that Alison Rowe is the one avoiding the chance to talk with Japacurry.

You are probably another friend of Alison. But you are not a good friend because you are giving her bad advice. Doing the right thing is good advice. Alison is not.

SnipSnipSnipSnip
SnipSnipSnipSnip

Sturdy diagonal cutting pliers would make short work of the tire valves on those vehicles.

Not that I'm advocating any specific kind of vandalism here.

Guest
Guest

Good For JapaCurry,

Wish them the best as a person in the food and restaurant business I understand that there is competition and only the strongest survive, but they have to play fair and what Rowe is doing is not helping her own situation, also I don't see or hear her putting up and resentment againts landlords filling their spaces with restaurants surrounding her? Perhaps its just plain old jealousy?

Jenifer
Jenifer

At John Birdsall - Today is Wednesday, not Thursday.

Chaki Time
Chaki Time

Alison Rowe looks shadier and shadier by the day. She is really shooting herself in the foot on this one. LOL

matthewmaurice
matthewmaurice

Which is really a shame. She's probably a nice person who's just trying to protect her business, but clearly she has zero experience with PR or marketing.

ssc
ssc

If Allison Rowe is a nice person, then I am Santa Claus. JapaCurry serves Japanese Curry. Harvest and Rowe serves salads (if you call it that). Why doesn't she HARASS Mixt Green or Seller's Market, who are IN DIRECT competition with her?!

Jenifer
Jenifer

At John Birdsall - Today is Wednesday, not Thursday.

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