Japanese Tea Garden to reopen, with new restrictions in place

By Camden Avery - Published on July 21, 2020.

After a four-month closure, the Japanese Tea Garden will reopen tomorrow, joining the nearby San Francisco Botanical Garden on the list of reopened public amenities in Golden Gate Park.

The garden, which has remained closed since March 17, will open for up to 100 people at a time during restricted hours, every Wednesday through Sunday from 9 a.m. - 5:45 p.m. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended.

Originally built as part of a model village for the 1894 California Midwinter International Exhibition, the tea garden is a showcase of traditional Japanese landscaping, architecture and design.

The reopening will take place even as the garden's pagoda remains under scaffolding, as part of a $2 million restoration project. The pagoda is expected to be complete and unveiled around December of this year.

Fundraising for that effort is still ongoing, as the Friends of the Japanese Tea Garden and the SF Parks Alliance seek additional money to restore and stabilize the Torii Gate (removed in 2001 due to structural issues), repair the Long Bridge, and add extra landscaping around the pagoda.

For now, the garden's tea house will remain closed. Rec & Park spokesperson Tamara Aparton said the garden was exploring how to offer safe food and beverage service.

Jan 16, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Castro Bank of America prohibits memorials from being affixed to the building [Updated]

Castro residents are up in arms after Bank of America (501 Castro St.) installed signs last week alerting residents and community members that posters, signs, and other materials could no longer be placed on the building — after decades during which the corner of the building at 18th and Castro has been a communal space for memorials to the recently deceased. Read More

Jan 15, 2021
San Francisco Castro

LA-based deli Heroic Italian opens pop-up in Castro with delicious sandwiches and salads

Los Angeles-based sandwich outfit Heroic Italian recently got its feet wet in the Bay Area, launching a pop-up in mid-December inside wine and spirits shop Swirl on Castro (572 Castro Street). With online ordering available, it's a quick and delicious lunch or dinner option — and if you pick it up yourself rather than opting for DoorDash delivery, you can snag a bottle of wine too. Read More

Jan 14, 2021
San Francisco Financial District Union Square

Marshalls store in the Financial District to close on January 30

SF’s only Marshalls location has its days numbered, as the discount apparel retailer will close its Market Street store. Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point Polk

Two new homeless Navigation Centers announced for Bayview and Polk Gulch

Supportive housing for more 115 people is coming to a Bayview parking lot, while 43 beds will be available at Post and Hyde Streets.] Read More