Castro Business Briefs: New Bars, Coffee Shops, Candy Stores And More

Castro Business Briefs: New Bars, Coffee Shops, Candy Stores And MorePhoto: Roy McKenzie/Hoodline
Published on December 02, 2014
There's a whole lot of movement happening with new Castro businesses this month, and we've got a quick roundup of what you can expect to see opening up in the neighborhood soon.
Photo: Hearth Coffee

First up, Hearth Coffee Roasters at 3985 17th St. has been soft-opened for the past two weeks and will be holding its grand opening event on Monday, December 8th from 3pm-7pm. As we previously reported, the coffee shop will be less of a cafe and more of a sit-down eating place that serves coffees, beer, wine and small plates. Hearth will feature table service with coffee paired with items from its in-house bakery, including classic French butter croissants, chocolate-caramel mousse, and Baba au Bourbon, a bourbon infused brioche, plus sandwiches and more. 

Stop by for a pre-grand opening peek, and be sure to check it out when Hearth opens officially next week.

Next up, Weaver's Coffee & Tea under Fitness SF at 2301 Market St. has been doing some pre-grand opening community outreach by offering free coffee in the mornings outside the upcoming location. 

We stopped by and learned that the cafe is set to open next Friday, December 12th. The interior will feature benches around the perimeter of the cafe to look out onto Market and Noe streets and will also have a giant visual display behind the coffee bar consisting of what looks to be 16 televisions mounted on the wall. According to one employee, the display will have "peaceful visuals" playing on it. 

Weaver's will feature coffee roasted locally in San Francisco and delivered every morning to the new Castro shop. Check it out when it debuts next Friday, and let us know how it compares to the Castro's existing coffee compendium.

Photo: Brewcade

Brewcade, the Castro's newest bar from the owners of Blackbird, is set to open next Wednesday, December 10th. The arcade bar is located at 2200 Market St. near Hecho, and will feature over 25 craft beers on tap and more than 50 arcade games on 24 vintage consoles. 

We're told that the back of the bar will feature a giant digital display that will show concept-driven movies or images, which is somewhat similar to what Weavers is planning. The bar will also feature a snack area where you can buy jerky, nuts, and chicharrones, plus outdoor seating. Arcade games will include classics like Donkey Kong, Galaga, PacMan, Space Invaders, and Q Bert, so plan on distracting yourself with plenty of arcade-style entertainment in the neighborhood come next Wednesday.

Next, Giddy Candy at 2299 Market St has the wrappings off the windows to reveal shelves full of candy inside. The store is not yet open, but with the shelves fully stocked we're guessing it will probably be open any day now. We'll let you know when the big day arrives.

Finally, if you've also been following the news about Soul Cycle coming into the Castro, Philz Coffee wanting to move from 18th to Castro Street, and Hamburger Mary's coming to the Patio Cafe, the Planning Commission will be holding hearings on Thursday to decide whether or not to approve conditional use authorizations for all three businesses. The Planning Department has already recommended approval of all three plans, but if you want to attend the hearing, it will be held at City Hall at noon on Thursday.