Bay Area/ San Francisco
Published on September 10, 2014
High Cotton Kitchen And Spice Hound Depart Second ActPhoto: Camden Avery/Hoodline
Changes are in the works for Jack and Betsy Rix's Second Act marketplace at 1727 Haight Street. The space, both a co-op of sorts for food vendors and an event space in the back, was completed earlier this year with a fully-finished gathering hall in the back, complete with projector and movie screens.
As you may have noticed, High Cotton Kitchen departed the space earlier this month in a move to a new facility in Oakland. High Cotton's website announces that catering services will still be running full-tilt while the transition takes place. "Thanks for all the love and support on Haight Street," the company noted in a Facebook post.  "We will miss all of the lovely folks who came in to see us each day!"

Also departing Second Act is Spice Hound, which shuttered its Bernal Height outpost earlier this year to make the move to Haight Street. Now, personal reasons have prompted the closure. From Second Act's newsletter:

"Tammy Tan, owner of Spice Hound, is expecting her first child at the end of the year. With this happy news, we are sad to announce that we have decided to close our San Francisco retail store at Second Act to focus on online, wholesale and farmers markets."

Spice Hound's final day will be this Sunday, September 14th. 

The changes mean that the current food vendors at Second Act are Anna Tvelova's AйDa Piroshki, Raw juice bar and Eatwell Farm's Icebox. It also means there are now two open spots available to new food entrepreneurs.

Betsy Rix tells us that Second Act is close to offering a spot to a couple of new potential vendors over the next week or two. "We're really working to make Haight Street somewhere where locals would come have lunch," she said, noting that Second Act is looking to expand their food offerings to better serve neighborhood residents as well as visitors.

In other Second Act news, the space continues its involvement in local comedy as it kicks off the 39th annual San Francisco Comedy Competition tomorrow, September 11th at 8:30 pm. Here's what's planned:

"Sixteen outstanding contestants chosen from hundreds of applicants will each do their very best five to seven minute set, hoping for a share of a $15,000 prize and the glory of joining alumni from the event like Louis C.K., Ellen DeGeneres, Patton Oswalt and, of course, the late Robin Williams. Audience applause will play a role in determining the results so come prepared to laugh and cheer on your favorites."

Tickets are $10 and the event is 21+. This will be the first show of the contest's preliminary round, so we'll keep you posted as the contestants advance towards the comedy championship