So Long KoKo, Nojo Charges No-Shows, and Don't Sit On That Bench
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
And so it goes: KoKo Cocktails, the beloved Tenderloin bar, has announced it will shutter on July 30, as California Pacific Medical Center sets to move in. The Tender announces it will go out with an epic closing night party, and gives an update on Hi Lo Lounge, the new bar and coffee kiosk from the Koko crew slated for 1423 Polk (at Pine). They're just waiting on the ever-slow ABC to get things rolling.
If hosting your birthday dinner at Nojo, make sure everyone shows up. Inside Scoop reports the restaurant is charging $25 for every no show, after its "six or more for a reservation" policy was taken advantage of by those upping their numbers to six and then showing up with fewer people. If someone does cancel, call the restaurant before 5 p.m. (on the day of) to change the reservation and nix the fee, or just avoid the whole debacle and call up to an hour before dinner to get on the waiting list.
While the weather may not reflect summer, it's farmers' market season. Inside Scoop shares a new farmers' market is popping up this year on Yerba Buena Lane (at Mission). The small Tuesday (2-6 p.m.) market will feature produce, flowers, and, potentially, food from nearby restaurants.
Trending: Eater SF has an update on Burger Urge, the latest burger-focused eatery slated for S.F. It will feature Niman Ranch beef, approximately 10 signature burgers, the Haight's first indoor fireplace, and outdoor seating. Non-burger menu items will include sandwiches and brunch options. Look for an opening in late October.
If thinking about resting your feet out front of St. Francis Fountain, think again. Grub Street shares, via Uptown Almanac, that the bench in front of the window is for patrons only. If you're holding an adult beverage and sitting on the bench, the eatery will call the police without a verbal warning to the bench sitter. We'd suggest the sidewalk, but then again.