Whatever Happened To The Magnolia Parklet?

By Amy Stephenson - Published on September 22, 2015.

Fans of Magnolia Gastropub and Brewery (1398 Haight St.) may recall that the restaurant used to have a parklet on the Haight side of its corner building. It went up in October of 2013, just as Magnolia was finally granted the right from the city to serve beer outside. Though beer and wine were not allowed in the parklet, it offered a rare treat in the Haight: a place to sit outdoors on the sunny side of the street. 

The parklet disappeared a few months back, leaving many scratching their heads.

We reached out to Dave McLean, owner of Magnolia, to find out what happened. Turns out, it's yet another casualty of the ongoing Haight infrastructure project. 

"We were required to remove it when the sewer replacement project began a few months back, because they started with our block of Haight, right in front of the pub," McLean said in an email. "The parking lanes had to be turned into temporary driving lanes while they performed the sewer work in the center of the street. Unfortunately, the contractor working on the project who offered to help us dismantle and remove the parklet damaged it during the process. This was the day before that first gas leak, making for an exciting kickoff to the sewer project."

He said that the city was thinking about removing the parklet anyway, as part of the redesign to Masonic Avenue in the Public Realm Plan calls for turning lanes on that corner. Given the damage to the parklet and all the turmoil at that intersection of late, he's not sure of its future. 

In the meantime, the Haight still has one remaining parklet, at Gus's Community Market. Flywheel Coffee has filed paperwork to build a parklet outside its space at Stanyan and Page, but according to Rayna DeNiord, the parklet's designer, the city isn't moving forward on the project.

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