Nov 18, 2020
San Francisco Mid-Market SoMa

Planning Commission to consider long-delayed plans for 1145 Mission development

The San Francisco Planning Commission tomorrow will consider a proposal to construct a new five-story housing development to fill a lot on Mission Street that has been vacant for nearly two decades. Read More

Nov 12, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Torraku Ramen readies new location on Folsom Street in SoMa

Former food truck Torraku Ramen, which opened its first brick-and-mortar spot in the Design District three years ago, is expanding with a new location in SoMa, just south of Yerba Buena at 921 Folsom Street. Read More

Oct 26, 2020
San Francisco SoMa Union Square

Westfield Centre’s cineplex Century Theatre set to reopen Friday

One San Francisco cineplex will reopen this weekend for the true movie theater experience, but with no concessions, small crowds, and of course masks required. Read More

Oct 19, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Undiscovered SF’s Sunday Street Markets Carry on in SoMa with COVID-19 safety protocols

Undiscovered SF's Sunday street markets continue to offer a COVID-19-safe weekend outdoor shopping experience in SF's SOMA Filipino cultural district, supporting small local businesses. 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

Sep 24, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

SF Eagle building listed for sale, prompting fears about future

A "for sale" sign on the Eagle is causing alarm about the potential future of the bar, a cornerstone of SF's gay leather scene. Read More

Sep 24, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

38-year-old SoMa mainstay Don Ramon's faces foreclosure, after illegal tenants damage building

The Mexican eatery took out a $5 million loan to cover damage caused by wayward tenants, but the pandemic has made repayment impossible. Read More

Sep 18, 2020
Sep 15, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Folsom Street Fair's celebration of 'sexual liberation' to move online

With September's planned event a no-go, organizers are shifting to a digital offering that promotes musicians, vendors and SoMa nightlife. Read More

Aug 25, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

SoMa to get weekly Sunday Streets closure through October

SoMa, which has been entirely left out of the citywide push for car-free streets, will finally get its first street closure. Read More

Aug 19, 2020
San Francisco Embarcadero Mission Bay Noe Valley SoMa

SF Eats: Lightbox Café opens in SoMa; Douglas closes in Noe Valley; Happy Lemon makes SF debut

A new cafe opens in SoMa, a Noe Valley market says farewell for now, and a global bubble tea chain opens two San Francisco locations. Read More

Aug 13, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

1 dead, 1 in custody after daylight shooting outside Metreon

A manhunt ensued after the suspect fled into the adjacent parking garage. Read More

Aug 06, 2020
San Francisco Castro Mid-Market SoMa

Despite recent closures, Bay Area's gay sex clubs see cause for hope [NSFW]

The Bay Area recently lost two veteran sex clubs to COVID-19. But others say they're confident they can survive it — and that a new law may grow their ranks. Read More

Aug 06, 2020
San Francisco North Beach Outer Richmond Polk SoMa

Neighborhood volunteers deliver food for free, helping restaurants sidestep high fees

Third-party delivery services take a big bite out of revenue for struggling restaurants — a "predatory economy" that volunteers are fighting by delivering the food themselves. Read More

Aug 03, 2020
San Francisco Lower Haight Mission Potrero Hill SoMa

SF Eats: Lost Resort debuts in the Mission, CatHead's BBQ closes for good, Toronado reopens, more

A new nautical-themed restaurant opens in the Mission, a coffee and pastry-focused cafe debuts soon in Potrero Hill, a barbecue joint closes for good in SoMa, and a popular beer bar reopens with plans Read More

Aug 03, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Japanese retailer Muji permanently closes all Bay Area stores

Known for its minimalist fashion and home goods, the Japanese retailer has pulled out of its stores in SoMa, San Jose and Palo Alto. Read More

Jul 24, 2020
San Francisco Castro Financial District Polk Russian Hill SoMa

SF restaurants adapt to outdoor seating — and customer policing

Outdoor seating has been a lifeline for restaurants that didn't previously have it. But keeping customers in line hasn't been easy. Read More

Jul 21, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Landmark SoMa sex club Blow Buddies to close permanently after 32 years

"The club was created in response to one virus and done in by another," its owners write. Read More

Jul 09, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Muni bus driver strikes 35-year-old pedestrian, now in critical condition

The collision occurred around 9 a.m. this morning, and the pedestrian remains in life-threatening condition. Read More

Jul 07, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Gene Friend Rec Center plans to double in size, but faces financial, logistical headwinds

The new center would provide more space for basketball and community meetings, but funding and temporary relocations are concerns. Read More

Jul 06, 2020
Jun 18, 2020
San Francisco Divisadero Mission SoMa

Why these SF retailers won’t reopen yet, despite loosening restrictions

Small business owners say they're eager to re-open, but a wide variety of challenges remain before retail can return to normal. Read More

Jun 18, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Perpetual indulgence: New SoMa Italian eatery to be named for Sister Roma

Owned by her longtime friend Matt Leum, Roma's will offer classic Italian food in an inclusive, queer-friendly space. Read More