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H&M Closes Its Massive Union Square StoreH&M Closes Its Massive Union Square Store
By - posted 11/25/2020
Bay Area Updates, Goodbye, What's Closed / What's Open

San Francisco has lost another major retailer in its downtown Union Square shopping district due to the ongoing pandemic.  SFGate has reported that Swedish fast fashion brand H&M has permanently closed its West Coast flagship store in downtown San Francisco. The massive 35,000 sqft two-story shop opened in 2005 on Powell Street. more...

Celebrity Chef Martin Yan's M.Y. China Closes SF RestaurantCelebrity Chef Martin Yan’s M.Y. China Closes SF Restaurant
By - posted 11/24/2020
Bay Area Updates, Goodbye, Only in San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to Eater for breaking the news that unfortunately M.Y. China has permanently closed its doors due to the ongoing pandemic. Celebrity Chef Martin Yan, who you might remember as host of the ’80s cooking show Yan Can Cook and also more recently an Iron Chef judge, opened his signature restaurant more...

Tacolicious Closes North Beach & San Jose RestaurantsTacolicious Closes North Beach & San Jose Restaurants
By - posted 11/20/2020
Bay Area Updates, Eat & Drink, Goodbye, What's Closed / What's Open

Thanks to SFist for announcing the unfortunate news that the Bay Area is losing two outposts of the popular small taco chain Tacolicious. Due to the ongoing pandemic and economic slowdown, they’re saying goodbye to their North Beach location, which slanged tacos for the past 7 years. They’re also closing the more...

Caltrain's Holiday Train Cancelled for 2020Caltrain’s Holiday Train Cancelled for 2020
By - posted 11/13/2020
Bay Area Updates

Caltrain announced today that the 2020 Holiday Train is officially cancelled. The agency decided that the longstanding holiday tradition, which typically occurs during the first weekend in December, could not safely be held in the midst of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The Holiday Train began in 2002, bringing a decorated show more...

$1 Ferry Rides in SF: "Dollar Days on The Bay"$1 Ferry Rides in SF: “Dollar Days on The Bay”
By - posted 11/13/2020
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Cheap Tips, Deals, Travel

San Francisco Bay Ferry wants to thank essential workers and welcome new riders on board with $1 fares through the months of November and December. Current Destinations / Schedules They are currently running only weekday ferry service. Vallejo to SF Ferry Bldg.  | SF Ferry Bldg. to Vallejo Alameda/Oakland to SF Ferry Bldg. | more...

Goodbye to Berkeley's Historic Albatross PubGoodbye to Berkeley’s Historic Albatross Pub
By - posted 11/13/2020
Bay Area Updates, Goodbye, What's Closed / What's Open

Sadly, after nearly 60 years in Berkeley, Albatross Pub is closing its doors on November 30, 2020. After shutting its doors in March, without a kitchen or an outdoor patio, the eclectic, cavernous pub on San Pablo Ave has remained closed ever since. From its beginnings as a small beer & wine more...

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Closes AgainSanta Cruz Beach Boardwalk Closes Again
By - posted 11/11/2020
Bay Area Updates, What's Closed / What's Open

Unfortunately, as of November 11, Boardwalk rides and mini golf are now closed again due to Santa Cruz County re-entering the “Red” Tier. Outdoor games, shopping, and the new “Boardwalk Racers” pedal karts remain open. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California’s oldest amusement park (est. 1907), was the first theme park in the more...

SF Moves Homeless Out of Hotels & Into Permanent HousingSF Moves Homeless Out of Hotels & Into Permanent Housing
By - posted 11/11/2020
Bay Area Updates, City Insight, Getting Help, Only in San Francisco

San Francisco initiates first phase of its plan to eventually move 2,300 people out of hotels and into stable housing solutions, ensuring that people exit into stability and not the street. San Francisco’s Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing (HSH) and non-profit partner agencies have begun a concerted effort to identify more...

New Parking Meter Pilot Program Coming to SFNew Parking Meter Pilot Program Coming to SF
By - posted 11/8/2020
Bay Area Updates, Brand New, Only in San Francisco

Beginning Monday, Nov. 9, the SFMTA will test pay-by-license-plate system at existing parking meters on Indiana Street in the Dogpatch area. Drivers who pay at the meter will enter their license plate number instead of their parking space number. It is hoped that the new system can allow the City to more...

Oakland's Kamala Harris is Vice President-ElectOakland’s Kamala Harris is Vice President-Elect
By - posted 11/7/2020
Bay Area Updates, Election

Now that the Associated Press and most major news outlets have projected that Joe Biden as won the presidency, Oakland native, former Alameda County and San Francisco District Attorney and current U.S. Senator from California, Kamala Harris is now the Vice-President-Elect. WATCH SF CELEBRATE LIVE Watch San Francisco & Oakland street celebrations more...

Castro Theatre's Iconic Sign Lights Up AgainCastro Theatre’s Iconic Sign Lights Up Again
By - posted 11/6/2020
Bay Area Updates, Only in San Francisco

Many locals may have noticed that Castro Theatre’s iconic sign had been dark for many months. The historic theater had shuttered their doors and turned off their marquee and blade sign in mid-March. However, thanks to SFGate for letting us know that the Castro’s signature sign is back, for now. Thanks to more...

24ft Big Waves Coming to Bay Area Beaches24ft Big Waves Coming to Bay Area Beaches
By - posted 11/6/2020
Bay Area Updates

Thanks to SFGate for tipping us off that big swells are expected to pound the shores along the Central Coast on Friday. A big storm coming down from Alaska into the Bay Area is expecting to bring big waves to Bay Area beaches. The National Weather Service issues a High Surf Advisory more...

Wild Pigs Wreak Havoc in San JoseWild Pigs Wreak Havoc in San Jose
By - posted 11/6/2020
Bay Area Updates, Outdoorsy

San Jose has a wild pig problem. About two dozen feral pigs have been wreaking havoc on the Coyote Creek Golf Course in San Jose. The feral pigs have been coming onto the fairways and digging up the grass in pursuit of grubs. KRON4 spoke with the general manager Mike Fish who more...

Stunning Marin Hiking Trails Now Off-Limits to PublicStunning Marin Hiking Trails Now Off-Limits to Public
By - posted 11/5/2020
Bay Area Updates

Thanks to SF Gate for letting us know that four hiking trails on an undeveloped, 110-acre tract of land in Tiburon have been ruled off limits to the public in a court ruling this week. The trails in dispute are the Ridge Trail, the Spanish Trail and the northern and southern more...

Bay Area's Most Congested Freeway Opens New Express LaneBay Area’s Most Congested Freeway Opens New Express Lane
By - posted 11/5/2020
Bay Area Updates, Brand New

Commuters traveling on one of the Bay Area’s busiest afternoon commutes should hopefully see some relief. A brand new express way on I-680 has just opened. Toll collection won’t start until spring 2021; for now, these lanes are functioning as HOV 2+ carpool lanes only from 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. more...