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SF's Famous Revolving Rooftop Restaurant Is Finally Spinning Again After 17 YearsSF’s Famous Revolving Rooftop Restaurant Is Finally Spinning Again After 17 Years
By - posted 4/18/2024
Bay Area Favorites, Eat & Drink, Local Icons, Reopening, San Francisco

Thanks to the San Francisco Chronicle for breaking the news that San Francisco’s famous revolving rooftop restaurant atop Hyatt Regency San Francisco on the Embarcadero is finally reopening. The former Equinox restaurant opened in 1973 to much fanfare for its futuristic floor which slowly rotated offering panoramic views. Each rotation around was more...

Bruce Lee Statue Coming to SF's Chinatown?Bruce Lee Statue Coming to SF’s Chinatown?
By - posted 2/27/2024
Artsy Fartsy, Local Icons, Lunar New Year, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy, Parks & Beaches, San Francisco, Stop Asian Hate

Thanks to SF Gate for letting us know that a determined group, led by Bruce Lee memorabilia collector Jeff Chinn, is actively collaborating with the Bruce Lee Foundation to bring a butt-kicking statue of the martial arts legend to San Francisco’s Chinatown. Despite statues scattered globally, including in Hong Kong more...

SF's Iconic "Golden Boy" Pizza Opening New SpotSF’s Iconic “Golden Boy” Pizza Opening New Spot
By - posted 2/7/2024
Brand New, Eat & Drink, Local Icons, San Francisco

Thanks to Eater SF for sharing the news that San Francisco’s iconic North Beach pizza joint Golden Boy Pizza is opening up a new location. The newest location will be at 1447 Taraval Street in the Parkside neighborhood, which was formerly home to another Italian foodie spot, Marco Polo Italian Ice more...

SF's Classic Rooftop Cocktail Lounge "Starlight Room" to Reopen in 2024SF’s Classic Rooftop Cocktail Lounge “Starlight Room” to Reopen in 2024
By - posted 12/15/2023
Eat & Drink, Local Icons, Reopening, San Francisco

Thanks to SF Gate for sharing the news that San Francisco’s historic Starlight Room is set to reopen. The glamourous rooftop bar, on top of Beacon Grand, formerly the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, opened during the Prohibition era in 1928. It was the celebrity hotspot of its time with regulars like more...

Sen. Diane Feinstein Public Memorial & Funeral at SF's City Hall (Oct. 4-5)Sen. Diane Feinstein Public Memorial & Funeral at SF’s City Hall (Oct. 4-5)
By - posted 10/4/2023
Bay Area Favorites, Brand New, Community, Goodbye, Local Icons, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco

U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who died last week at the age of 90, will lie in state Wednesday, October 4, 2023 at San Francisco City Hall and a public funeral service will now be held Thursday on the steps of the building. On Wednesday, the public will be invited to pay more...

SF's Ferry Building to be Raised 7 Feet to Protect from Sea Level Rise?SF’s Ferry Building to be Raised 7 Feet to Protect from Sea Level Rise?
By - posted 9/13/2023
Bay Area Favorites, Bay Area Updates, Local Icons, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, Uplifting, Wow

Thanks to NPR for letting us know about San Francisco’s bold (and expensive) new plan to protect the important city buildings in case sea levels continue to rise. And so SF’s iconic Ferry Building may soon be getting a lift. Although there are no actual plans or specific proposals in place more...

A Massive "Sky Heart" Tribute to Tony Bennett is Coming to SFA Massive “Sky Heart” Tribute to Tony Bennett is Coming to SF
By - posted 8/22/2023
Bay Area Favorites, Celebrations, Local Icons, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy

Antenna Theater’s “Heart of San Francisco” has appeared over the Golden Gate Bridge for several years. It is drawn by a sky-writing plane, one-mile high. It is meant to be a virtual manifestation of the essence of San Francisco’s soul and visionary spirit. For 2023, the Antenna Theater will dedicate The more...

SF's Iconic Red Lanterns Return to ChinatownSF’s Iconic Red Lanterns Return to Chinatown
By - posted 8/8/2023
Brand New, Local Icons, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco

Back in early 2023 the hail and wind from the atmospheric river in San Francisco left the iconic red lanterns on Grant Avenue in shreds. The Chinatown Merchants Association had installed these lanterns on Grant over 10 years ago and had become just as important a symbol of Chinatown as more...

SF's Iconic Cable Cars Celebrate 150th AnniversarySF’s Iconic Cable Cars Celebrate 150th Anniversary
By - posted 8/3/2023
Bay Area Favorites, Local Icons, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco

By Olivia Wynkoop Bay City News San Francisco’s iconic cable cars celebrated a century-and-a-half in style after city leaders, public transit fans and historical reenactors kicked off a birthday celebration downtown on Wednesday. Learn More: Celebrating 150 Years of Cable Cars The cable car, known today as a classic symbol of San Francisco, more...

SF's 127-Year-Old Anchor Brewing to Close DownSF’s 127-Year-Old Anchor Brewing to Close Down
By - posted 7/12/2023
Bay Area Favorites, Goodbye, Local Icons, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco, What's Closed / What's Open

By Jeff Ballinger, Bay City News A landmark company in San Francisco has turned off its taps. Anchor Brewing Company officials announced early Wednesday that it will cease operations and liquidate the business — established in 1896 — citing economic factors including declining sales since 2016. The company gave employees 60-day notices more...

SF's "Sutro Tower" is 50 Years Old Today (July 4)SF’s “Sutro Tower” is 50 Years Old Today (July 4)
By - posted 7/1/2023
4th of July, Local Icons, Only in San Francisco, Outdoorsy, San Francisco

Sutro Tower, the famed 977-foot-tall beacon of communication, celebrates a half-century of standing tall above SF’s skyline on July 4, 2023 From its lofty perch atop Mount Sutro, the tri-pronged steel leviathan has been piercing the clouds and delivering clear signals throughout the San Francisco Bay Area since 1973. Dubbed “Sutro Tower”, more...

SF's Historic Castro Theatre Reopens April 18SF’s Historic Castro Theatre Reopens April 18
By - posted 4/17/2023
Community, LGBTQ+, Local Icons, Only in San Francisco, Reopening, San Francisco

After being closed for three months San Francisco’s historic Castro Theatre is set to reopen on April 18, 2023, despite the ongoing controversy surrounding its future and potential changes to its permanent “raked floor” seating. The theater, originally built in 1922, has been closed since mid-January 2023 while it awaits a more...

SF's Iconic Pizzeria Tommaso's Needs New OwnersSF’s Iconic Pizzeria Tommaso’s Needs New Owners
By - posted 4/10/2023
Eat & Drink, Local Icons, Only in San Francisco, San Francisco

Thanks to the San Francisco Standard for letting us know that our beloved North Beach gem, Tommaso’s Ristorante Italiano, is searching for a new family to carry on its delicious legacy. Agostino, Carmen, and Anna Crotti have been dishing up heavenly Neapolitan pizzas for 50 years, but now they’re ready to more...

North Beach's Brand New Carol Doda MuralNorth Beach’s Brand New Carol Doda Mural
By - posted 1/24/2023
Artsy Fartsy, Brand New, Local Icons, San Francisco

Thanks to our friend Broke-Ass Stuart for sharing that San Francisco has a brand new mural honoring local icon Carol Doda. You’ll find the new mural in North Beach at Bodega SF, at the corner of Filbert and Columbus. If you walk by, you might remember there was another iconic more...

SF's Iconic Ferry Building is Getting a Big MakeoverSF’s Iconic Ferry Building is Getting a Big Makeover
By - posted 1/23/2023
Bay Area Updates, Eat & Drink, Local Icons, San Francisco

The Ferry Building is planning a series of enhancements to benefit the public, protect its status as a historic landmark and support the Ferry Building Marketplace’s beloved local, farm-driven and ethnically diverse merchants by improving the infrastructure and visitor circulation they need to be successful. The proposed enhancement plan will create more...