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Hoodline's 2014 Year In Restaurants And Retail

This week, Hoodline takes a look back at highlights from the 1,500 stories we told in 2014, from bizarre and brazen crimes to profiles of local residents to our biggest neighborhood controversies. Today's focus: restaurants and retail.

2014 featured no shortage of news from the local shopping and dining front. From long-running shops shuttering to new bistros and bars opening, small businesses in our area made hundreds of headlines this year. Let's break down the past twelve months in restaurants and retail, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Lower Haight

In January, two Silky Touch salons became one, Estela's Fresh Sandwiches returned to Fillmore Street, and the Grind reopened after a two-month renovation. 

In March, House of Thai 2 took over the rotating-door Thai restaurant space at 494 Haight (happily, it still seems to be going strong). Three Twins finally reopened after Haight and Fillmore's devastating 2011 fire, while dinner outfit Chaparral took its leave of Kate's Kitchen, and Haight Street Work Clothes sold its last Carhartt jacket. 

April saw the transformation of Volare Pizza into Haight Pizza and the addition of dinner service to Kate's Kitchen following Chaparral's departure. 

In May, Xapno swapped identities to become Cove, and Greenburger's left the neighborhood for good (to be replaced, briefly, by Cool Beans). 

June saw the closure of 4x5 Gallery, and the neighborhood got a little bit sweeter in August, when Choux debuted its French cream puff shop and See's Candies opened in the Safeway shopping complex. In September, Black Sands' new homebrew shop began weekend hours. 

Photo: Andrew Dudley / Hoodline

October saw the closure of longtime Indian restaurant Tandoor on Haight, the departure of Out of the Closet, and the loss of Cuco's following an eviction and legal battle. 

Ming Yao H Chinese restaurant moved quickly to open in the former Tandoor on Haight space in November, and in December, longtime (and faintly mysterious) Haight Street fixture Aquarius Barber Shop closed its doors, as did Gallery 683.

Anticipated in 2015: Black Sands, Nara, Stone Bowl, and a mystery coffee shop

Hayes Valley

February saw the debut of Javalencia, and the announced departure of Cisco Home. In March, Mod Shop by RoomService packed up its mid-century modern furniture and vacated 549 Hayes. Fiddlesticks reopened after several months of renovations. 

April saw the opening of Souvla, one of Hayes Valley's most notable restaurant additions this year, as well as the reopening of Muka, which had taken some time off to work on its identity. It also saw the closing of Nomads, which had been in the neighborhood for 24 years, and of Inside, a furniture showroom that'd been here for 14 years. 

Photo: Jared Schwartz / Hoodline

May was a busy  month in the neighborhood, as Hayes Valley got another new eatery in the form of Papito West, and another frozen dessert purveyor with the addition of Loving Cup. Meanwhile, In Bed closed up shop on the corner of Hayes and Laguna, PUBLIC Bikes debuted its new Hayes Street storefront, Gather opened on Octavia Street and Reliquary debuted in its newly transplanted location.

In June, Papabubble candy shop opened on Fell Street, Amour Vert debuted on Hayes, Kipper Clothiers brought LGBT-friendly suiting to Gough, and Minas Brazilian Restaurant & Cachaçaria replaced Canto do Brazil on Franklin. 

Photo: Jared Schwartz / Hoodline

In July, the neighborhood saw the debut of Monsieur Benjamin, the highest-profile restaurant opening in the neighborhood this year, while South pulled a switcheroo from Southern food to a Mexican menu. 

August saw the return of Talbot Cafe, the opening of Convert in the former Nomads space, and the departure of the African Outlet, a 20-year neighborhood fixture which moved to Bayview in the face of a sharp rent increase. 

Photo: Stephen Jackson / Hoodline

In September, French lingerie shop Eres opened on Gough, Hayes & Kebab vacated 580 Hayes St., and 10-year Gough Street business Bibliohead Bookstore closed, again due to an untenable rent increase. 

Samovar Tea Lounge closed in October for a trendy remodel, and the Grilled Cheez Guy launched a Rickshaw Stop lunch pop-up. 

Nour Lounge got permitted to add a full liquor selection to its roster in November, and Metier brought a new jewelry shop to Laguna Street. Meanwhile, our suspicions were confirmed when online eyeglasses company Warby Parker opened with a shiny brick-and-mortar space on Hayes. In December, new vintage shop Elton Jeremiah debuted on Gough. 


In January, Divisadero started the year off by welcoming Viper Vapor, a new e-cig shop. 

March saw home goods boutique Magpie & Rye shutter its storefront at 262 Divisadero. Meanwhile, NoPa gained a hoppy hangout in the form of Barrel Head Brewhouse, The Mill got a new parklet, and The Perish Trust returned after performing some earthquake retrofitting. 

In April, heads turned when Popeye's hit the rental market, and construction in August thickened the plot. In September, Popeye's reopened as a new and improved version of its old self, and local fried chicken fans breathed a sigh of relief. 

Photo: Rose Garrett / Hoodline

In another 2014 food-related mystery, Acme Burgerhaus closed in May (again) after a rocky 2013. Finally, in November, we learned that Seniore's Pizza will be headed to the space in 2015. 

In early May, the much-anticipated 4505 Burgers and BBQ opened its doors at 705 Divis, and after a quiet summer, pet shop Osso & Co. shuttered in August, to be replaced by an interior design firm a couple months later. 

In October, Primo Pizza opened at Turk and Divisadero, and Brenda's Meat and Three, the highly anticipated Brenda's spinoff, opened up shop on Halloween. And, in appropriately mysterious fashion, Divisadero's psychic vanished at some point during the year.  

Upper Haight

In February, Second Act Marketplace officially opened its doors, and Fashion Exchange closed its doors. March saw Piper's Shoe Parlor closed down, but not for long: it bounced back with a new owner and re-debuted on the block in early May

Past Perfect opened on Stanyan in April, but the most notable addition to the neighborhood last spring was the triumphant return of Bacon Bacon after a protracted closure.  

In June, Street Taco introduced its brand of Mexican fare to the strip, and neighborhood favorite Sparrow got a new chef and menu in July. 

Photo: Camden Avery / Hoodline

August saw the debuts of Diamond Supply Co. and Cukui, and the closure of La Rosa Vintage. In September, Goodwill unveiled its new and improved interior and Happy High Herbs got a Twister Thistle makeover

Crêpe La Vie and Burma Bear both joined Second Act's roster of vendors in October, and Loved to Death added to its selection taxidermy memento mori with an expansion. In November, Alembic finally debuted its new and improved kitchen, alongside a new menu to match, and So Good Jewelry closed up shop for good. 

Anticipated in 2015: Ritual Coffee Roasters


In February, the Castro welcomed Gyro Express, and Reveille Coffee opened its doors on 18th.  In March, West Coast Leather vacated the former Diesel building at Castro and Market, beginning a 2014-long bout of speculation over what would occupy the space.

April saw a new Outfit en route to the neighborhood, plus the debut of home furnishings store S16 on Sanchez, and Urban Picnic opened up shop on 18th Street in June. 

In late August, new upscale Mexican spot Bandidos opened its doors, but quickly became embroiled in controversy because of its name, which some deemed offensive. In September, Bandidos officially changed names to Hecho. That same month, 30-year Castro businesses Escape From New York Pizza closed its doors

Photo: Facebook / Hecho

In October, Fork Cafe transformed into noodle bar Slurp, the 18th Street Outfit location closed its doors, Sliderbar was briefly shuttered by the Health Department due to a pest problem, Apparatus Architecture opened, and Brandy Ho's called it quits on 18th Street. 

December saw the much anticipated arcade bar Brewcade open on Market Street, the long-awaited Weaver's Coffee open up, the grand opening of Hearth Coffee, and the pending arrival of Manos Nouveau. 

Anticipated in 2015: Aatxe, SoulCycle, Hamburger Mary's, Tacorgasmico

That's it for today's recap. What was your favorite new addition to the neighborhood this year, or the now-closed store or restaurant you miss the most? Feel free to get nostalgic in the comments.

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