Suggestions for Hot Spots to hit this coming SF Ghost-Town Week?
- larochelle Aug 24, 2013 09:26 PM
So the best week of the year in San Francisco starts on Monday - the week its actually possible to get into some of SF's most popular spots. Last year, we were able to walk into multiple Mission spots WITHOUT a wait and there was barely a line at Tartine!
(This is caused by the many San Franciscans are leaving town (Burning Man) PLUS the Closure of Bay Bridge means fewer incoming East Bay folks (8pm Wednesday until 5am Tuesday) PLUS the normal Labor Day Weekend exodus)
I'm putting together a list of normally uber-hot bars & restaurants to hit this coming week. Any suggestions?
FYI: I was totally bummed to realize State Bird Provisions is closed this week, it would have been on my list.
West of Pecos
Flour & Water
Mission Chinese Food
re: Prabhakar Ragde
San Francisco feels empty on three-day weekends generally. To add my data points from last year's Labor Day weekend, it was a snap to park in the Mission on Friday thru Sunday. The City felt even more empty that usual for a holiday weekend. My friend ordered delivery from Mission Chinese Food for us, a staple for him, and it arrived in record time according to him. He attributed this to the burners-away effect.
P.S. Everyone I know who's headed to Burning Man (and some already left last weekend) has a job, most in Silicon Valley tech.
My suspicion is that, in SF, a lot of the sort of young, vaguely boho people who would go to Burning Man are being displaced by techies, who have jobs and such that prevent them from spending a week in the Nevada desert.
But where it concerns SF restaurants... I mean, I'm sure there is some impact, but were those people ever the sort of who dined at places like Flour + Water? Also, most of those techies are, unfortunately, also going the opposite direction, and are not much affected by the Bridge closure.
So I mean. This might be a good time to try to get into, like, the Hemlock, but I don't imagine the restaurants will be much affected.
re: Robert Lauriston
Yes, it was noted that two places in recently hip neighborhoods were less crowded in the middle of the day. This only convinces me more.
If I'm honest with myself, I probably am still a techie too (I'm a civil engineer these days; does that count?), and while I would not say I am knowledgeable about burning man (nor am i particularly hip), I do think a have a very strong grasp of techie culture... as well as the city I've lived in for nearly ten years. I should also point out that I did not say there would be zero impact; only that sf would not become a ghost town where normally full restos were empty.
All my techie friends (and me myself) stopped going to burning man in about 2005, when it stopped being about Everyone is a Participant - No Spectators, and started being RVs and tours and required costumes and way too many cops. I probably only know a dozen people going this year, and most of them are working - building the man, DPW, that kind of thing. They all live in Oakland and are musicians and artists and partiers.
I was reading the permitting for people serving food at burning man, which is closer to topic although out of region. Gone are the days of Sushi Camp. We always ran an open bar at sunset, were even sponsored by the Black Vodka company, whatever they were called.
I can't quite tell yet if the peninsula is emptier than usual. In PA we have the Changing of the Students, which complicates everything.
I was in SFO a few times the last 10 days, I saw a huge amount of europeans coming and going, especially italians. Not sure if they (were) cheering the america's cup or what. I bet those vacations are over and that slice of our restaurant going public is heading/has headed home.
The conference in town mid-week is VM World, the VMware conference, which is a lot smaller than Oracle World.