Steven Bracco

Mar 25, 2021
San Francisco

SFMTA to permanently replace residential parking stickers with virtual permits & license plate recognition technology

The long-held San Francisco tradition of affixing a residential parking permit sticker to one's car bumper is set to end by next year. Read More

Mar 11, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Castro Turkish & Greek dessert shop Aegean Delights now open

Castro residents and visitors looking for a place to satisfy their sweet tooth now have a new option. Turkish and Greek dessert shop Aegean Delights is now open at 545 Castro St, formerly Best in Show. Read More

Mar 17, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Merchants awarded $50K grant to assist with COVID-19 economic recovery

Earlier this month the Castro Merchants were selected as one of four SF merchants' associations to receive a $50,000 Avenue Greenlight grant. Read More

Mar 10, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Owners of Castro's Fable Restaurant talk about surviving pandemic losses, and doubling down on their back patio

Fable co-owners Ramsey Garcia and Jon Vargas tell Hoodline about their pivot to takeout, getting a too-small PPP loan, and spending part of last year renovating their garden patio. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Mission

Castro's long-troubled 7-Eleven closes permanently [Updated]

The 7-Eleven convenience store at 3998 18th St. (at Noe St.) has permanently closed, and Hoodline has learned its last day in business was Thursday, March 4. Read More

Mar 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro's Plant Therapy outgrows store, moves to larger location next door

Castro's apartment-ready plant shop Plant Therapy has outgrown its current location at 2095 Market St. (at Church St.) and opens tomorrow in a new, larger location. Read More

Mar 01, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro's Subway sandwich shop permanently closes

The Subway sandwich shop at 2375 Market St. in the Castro has permanently closed. Read More

Feb 23, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

During COVID year, Castro business owners report over $120,000 in smashed windows

Since the Castro Merchants launched a broken-window recovery initiative and survey last Thursday, neighborhood business owners have reported 72 incidents of vandalized and broken windows at a cost of $135,472.74. Read More

Jan 10, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle West Portal

A history of Castro Station and Harvey Milk Plaza, turning 40 this year

Here's the story of the station's history, from its early-1900s origins to present-day plans for a makeover. Read More

Feb 22, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro neighborhood group announces new Harvey Milk Plaza redesign team

Today the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza (FHMP), announced the selection of SWA Group as the new design firm to redesign Castro's Harvey Milk Plaza (Market and Castro Streets). Read More

Feb 15, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Church & Market taqueria Casa Mexicana damaged in 1-alarm kitchen fire

Friday evening, Castro area taqueria Casa Mexicana (180 Church St., between Duboce and 14th) was damaged by a one-alarm grease fire in its kitchen. Read More

Feb 12, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro neighborhood bar Pilsner Inn reopens with patio seating after nearly one-year hiatus

Castro neighborhood bar Pilsner Inn (225 Church St.) reopened last week after a nearly one-year hiatus caused by shelter-in-place restrictions. The Pilsner's first day of outdoor drinks and food was February 5, much to the delight of customers, employees, and the bar's owners. Read More

Feb 05, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Mission

New public safety ambassador program launches in Castro, aiming to deter negative street behavior and more

On Thursday, the Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District (Castro CBD) launched its new unarmed Public Safety Ambassadors program, part of its new public safety initiative. Read More

Feb 03, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Business Briefs: Great Tan, Face It Salon, and Salon Six all close for good

Three personal services businesses, Great Tan, Salon Six, and Face It Salon & Spa, have all announced permanent closures in recent weeks, nine months after their businesses were hobbled by shelter-in-place restrictions. Read More

Jan 27, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro cannabis retailer Flore Store announces 4/20 opening & mural competition

The Castro's newest cannabis retailer Flore Store (258 Noe St.) has announced its grand opening on 4/20 — across the street from Flore a.k.a. Cafe Flore. Read More

Feb 01, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Castro Mexican restaurant & margarita bar Santeria now open

Over the weekend, the Castro's newest Mexican restaurant and margarita bar Santeria (2251 Market St.) softly opened in the former Finn Town space — and it's the sister restaurant to Tacorgasmico a block away. Read More

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 19, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Milk Club holds MLK Day tribute at Castro's 'Hibernia Beach' honoring community leaders

Yesterday the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club (Milk Club) held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute at Castro's Bank of America (501 Castro St.), commonly referred to as 'Hibernia Beach,' honoring the civil rights icon and the passing of recent community members. Read More

Jan 13, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Mission

Castro CBD extends security camera survey deadline & delays town hall

The Castro/Upper Market Community Benefit District (Castro CBD) has extended the deadline on its security camera survey and delayed an upcoming virtual town hall. Read More

Jan 08, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Castro's vintage gay memorabilia store Auto Erotica seeks community's assistance to stay afloat

After 25 years in the Castro, vintage gay memorabilia store Auto Erotica (4077A 18th St., between Castro and Hartford streets) has turned to crowdfunding to help make it through the pandemic Read More

Dec 17, 2020
San Francisco Castro Mission

Le Marais Bakery gets burglarized for third time this year, this time in the Castro

On Tuesday evening, the Castro's Parisian-themed bakery and cafe Le Marais Bakery (498 Sanchez) had its storefront window smashed and the business burglarized, leaving its owners frustrated and disappointed in what has already been a challenging year for small business owners. Read More

Dec 16, 2020
San Francisco Mission

El Capitan Taqueria now open in former Mission Beach Cafe space

After sitting vacant for a year and a half, the space formerly occupied by popular Mission District brunch spot Mission Beach Cafe at 198 Guerrero St. (at 14th St.) is now home to a new location of El Capitan Taqueria. Read More

Dec 12, 2020
San Francisco Lake Shore Parkside

San Francisco's only Olive Garden at Stonestown Galleria permanently closes

Fans of Olive Garden's neverending pasta bowl will now have to travel outside San Francisco to enjoy the chain restaurant's casual Italian-American cuisine. The only city location at the Stonestown Galleria has closed for good. Read More

Dec 10, 2020
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle Mission

Castro barbershop Healing Cuts moves after disagreement with landlord

Castro barbershop Healing Cuts (3903 18th St.) has shuttered after just one year in the Castro. The barbershop's last day in this space will be December 1. Read More

Dec 08, 2020
San Francisco Alamo Square Duboce Triangle Western Addition

Short film chronicles the life and costume creations of long-time Western Addition resident

Longtime Western Addition resident and gay-Latino designer Miguel Gutierrez was recently profiled in a new documentary film about his life in San Francisco, and his art, design, and costume creations. The film was released last week in commemoration of World AIDS Day on December 1. Read More