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Tuesday Castro Biz News Round Up

Tuesday Castro Biz News Round Up
Wells Fargo Castro St.
By Waiyde Palmer - Published on December 10, 2013.
Daddy's expanding into the old Tibet Shop
Daddy's expanding into the old Tibet Shop
Correction: Poesia is open for business today not closed for long renovations as earlier posted. The Biscuit spoke with on site workers who might've confused our inquiries with extensive work going on directly below the restaurant. The work is completed and they're ready to meet all you dining needs. Daddy's Barbershop (4102 19th St.) is expanding into the store next door vacated by the now closed Tibet Shop. The space is currently being renovated to expand Daddy's from one small shop into a larger, double wide store front that will accommodate ten barber stations once work is completed. If construction goes well and time tables are kept you can expect to see the beefed up barbershops debut sometime in mid-January. The business is still open during the remodel. Worn Out West (582 Castro) has closed its original location that it occupied for nearly three decades following the sale of the store's building. They have consolidated their gear into their second retail space, Worn Out West 2nd Generation (2352 Market St.). You'll find the same knowledgeable staff, great deals, unique apparel, and loads of leather, uniforms, and rubber items at the now packed to the gills Market Street location. Stop in and give it the once over when you're out doing your holiday shopping. Poesia Restaurant (4072 18th St.) is temporarily shuttered while it goes through an extensive renovation. If you walk by you'll see that part of the eateries space has been taken down to the studs and a large new window has been cut out of the wall facing Castro St. Renovations are forecast to last for a few more months. Expect the neighborhood favorite to reopen in the Spring of 2014. Until then try their sister location, Dante's Table (544 Castro St.), to get your local Italian food fix.
Wells Fargo's new branch mural.
Wells Fargo's new branch mural.
Wells Fargo Castro Branch (557 Castro St.) recently unveiled a photo montage mural composed of momentous milestones in SF LGBT history. The floor to ceiling image located on the wall directly to your right upon entering features LGBT icons Harvey Milk, The Widow Norton Jose Sarria, Harry Hay, plus Phyllis Lyon and Del Martin as well as an assortment of other celebratory Queer moments in time. Stop by and check it out. In the spirit of the season Herth Real Estate (555 Castro St.) is assisting the SF Firefighters' annual holiday toy drive by collecting toys for in need children at its Castro office. SF Firefighters have been running this charitable drive since 1949 and they hope, with the public's generous assistance, to make the 2013 toy collection the most successful in its history. If you want to pitch in can drop off new, unopened, unwrapped toys at the company's office anytime during operating hours up until December 19th. Becks Motor Lodge (2222 Market St.) is currently upgrading a portion of the establishments rooms. The Castro's largest boutique hotel rooms are stuck in an early 80's time warp style-wise and due for an update. Beck's owners are taking advantage of SF's slow period in tourism to bump up the interiors. Expect work to be completed by Spring.
Beck's Motor Lodge rooms are mid make over.
Beck's Motor Lodge rooms are mid make over.
Finally this Summer's media hyped and anticipated re-opening of the long shuttered Patio Cafe appears to be nothing more than rumors - as many of the Biscuits readers comments predicted - following initial speculation on its return to the neighborhood business community. Summer and Fall have come and gone since the Biscuit and EBAR both printed posts regarding the once popular restaurants possible re-opening. Permits were issued and, according to City records, everything required to operate was obtained by prolific Castro property owner Les Natali, but -- as anyone who walks by can attest -- nothing new has taken shape. This will make the 13th year since the Patio initially  closed for its first remodeling.