Jay Barmann

Jay Barmann oversees editing for both Hoodline & SFist and is among San Francisco's most prolific news writers.

Oct 12, 2020
San Francisco

Pacifica yoga studio owner touts '#NoMasks' as Yelp fury grows

A Pacifica yoga studio owner is now advertising mask-free indoor yoga classes on social media with hashtags like "#fearfree", "#cowardfree," and "#Trump2020." Read More

Oct 09, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Central Kitchen reopens as wine bar with hearty snacks

Flour + Water sister restaurant Central Kitchen reopens for outdoor dining Friday, October 9 as Central Kitchen Wine Bar, with a pared-down menu meant for enjoying with a glass or bottle of vino. Read More

Oct 08, 2020
San Francisco Inner Richmond Outer Richmond Union Square

This week in restaurant closings: Neiman Marcus rotunda, Orson's Belly in the Richmond

The Rotunda at Neiman Marcus is closing indefinitely, and beloved neighborhood wine bar and cafe Orson's Belly is calling it quits. Read More

Oct 08, 2020
San Francisco Mission

Allegedly planned "free speech" rally featuring QAnon figures in Dolores Park has not sought permit

A rally featuring Proud Boys adherents and QAnon conspiracy folk for which there is an online flyer and website is purported to be happening in Dolores Park on October 17. Read More

Oct 07, 2020
San Francisco Mission Terrace

Beloved Mission Terrace sandwich spot Roxie Food Center changes hands as longtime owners retire

The many ardent fans of a San Francisco cheap-eats institution will need to stay calm and hope for the best as news arrives that Roxie Food Center has been sold. Read More

Oct 06, 2020

Seabreeze on the Dock debuts in Oakland in former Il Pescatore space

A new seafood spot offering Maine lobster, Dungeness crab, crawfish, and raw oysters on the half-shell has just opened in Oakland's Jack London Square with a limited menu. Read More

Oct 06, 2020
San Francisco Financial District

New Four Seasons hotel opens in former Loews/Mandarin Oriental

After the second change of ownership in five years and a full renovation, the former Loews Regency (nee Mandarin Oriental Hotel) has reopened as the Four Seasons Hotel San Francisco at Embarcadero. Read More

Oct 06, 2020
San Francisco Nob Hill

House of Prime Rib readies to reopen at 25-percent capacity, fermented salad dressing and all

The House of Prime Rib is waking from its pandemic slumber, and surely a large segment of San Francisco meat-lovers is excited to have a martini and a hunk of hand-carved prime rib once more. Read More

Oct 05, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

SoMa gets two new transit-only lanes to speed up service on the 19-Polk

The SFMTA is installing temporary "emergency" transit lanes on Seventh and Eighth Streets in SoMa this week and next, in an effort to speed up service on the popular 19-Polk bus line. Read More

Oct 02, 2020
San Francisco Chinatown

House of Nanking offers takeout for the first time in 32 years, outdoor seating on the way

This week, as some restaurants are beginning to bring diners indoors, House of Nanking is just now reopening for takeout and delivery — for the first time in its history. Read More

Oct 02, 2020
San Francisco Financial District

85-year-old Harrington's Bar & Grill shuts its doors for good in the FiDi

A classic Irish bar that has served up pints of Guinness to the downtown set in SF for much of the last century has decided to close, seven months into the pandemic that shut down its business. Read More

Oct 01, 2020
San Francisco Mission

AL's Place reopens for indoor and outdoor dining in the Mission

You can go enjoy the Michelin-starred AL's Place experience once again, in person, at socially distanced, plexiglass-separated tables. Read More

Oct 01, 2020
San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Iconic Ghirardelli sign returns to Ghirardelli Square after restoration

The landmark illuminated Ghirardelli sign went back up Thursday morning, after a dark and dismal couple of months in which it was missing. Read More

Sep 30, 2020
San Francisco Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks neighbors balk while others support 25-year lease renewal for longtime area gas station

Citing the city's climate-change goals, some Twin Peaks area residents are objecting loudly to extending the life of a gas station on Portola Drive that's been there for almost 50 years. Read More

Sep 29, 2020
San Francisco

SF to reopen indoor dining and places of worship September 30, movie theaters October 7

After a very long wait, San Francisco restaurants will be allowed to reopen for indoor seating at limited capacity starting Wednesday, September 30 — just in time for fall. Read More

Sep 28, 2020
San Francisco Potrero Hill

New SF Flower Mart Moves Forward In Potrero

The drama about the redevelopment of the wholesale San Francisco Flower Mart in SoMa goes back many years. But now a new Flower Mart in a different part of town is one step closer to being a reality. Read More

Sep 28, 2020

Oakland Coliseum to become temporary voting center for 2020 election

Starting on Halloween, October 31, voters in Alameda County will be able to drop off ballots or vote in person at the Oakland Coliseum, up until Election Day on November 3. Read More