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New Inductees to San Francisco Legacy Business Registry

Jan2nd

The Endup exterior with sign

Although it’s now officially 2020, we wanted to take a moment to acknowledge some of the great city institutions that joined the Legacy Business Registry in the latter part of 2019. The Registry intends to honor and preserve “longstanding community-serving businesses that are recognized as valuable cultural assets to San Francisco by the Office of Small Business.” Popular food and drink destinations such as brunch haven Zazie and dive bar Li Po Lounge, as well as community service and arts organizations like Rebuilding Together and Community Music Center, are among the recent inductees. There are now over 260 businesses on the Registry, and it continues to grow.

Added November 2019

Academy of Ballet

Date placed on the Registry: November 12, 2019

Located in Duboce Triangle near Church and Market Streets, The Academy of Ballet offers training both for the student preparing for a professional career and those who are studying ballet for its many other benefits.

Li Po Lounge in Chinatown

Li Po Lounge

Date placed on the Registry: November 12, 2019

A local dive bar in the heart of Chinatown since 1937, Li Po is most famous for its Chinese Mai Tai, enjoyed by locals and famous visitors such as the late Anthony Bourdain.

Lyra Corporation (Arion Press and M&H Type)

Date placed on the Registry: November 12, 2019

Since 1974 (with origins dating back further to 1919), Arion Press publishes several limited edition books every year, each conceptually unique. Their production facility includes a letterpress shop with a historic collection of typefaces, a type foundry operating machinery from 100 years ago, and a complete hand book bindery, housed in a 14,000 square foot industrial building in San Francisco’s Presidio National Park. SF Heritage was pleased to assist with their Legacy application.

Rebuilding Together San Francisco 

Date placed on the Registry: November 12, 2019

Rebuilding Together San Francisco provides home repair and renovation programs for homeowners, renters, non-profit organizations and community spaces. Since 1989, they have rehabilitated more than 3,000 homes and 313 facilities serving tens of thousands of people.

Zazie

Date placed on the Registry: November 12, 2019

Zazie was opened in Cole Valley in 1992 by Catherine Opoix, who named her neighborhood bistro after the main character in Louis Malle’s film Zazie dans le Métro.  Today, it remains a popular brunch and dinner destination, and has a benefits program that is unparalleled in non-union restaurants, including fully funded health & dental insurance, a 401(k) retirement plan with employer match, and paid family leave.

Added December 2019

Students at the Community Music Center playing the cello

Students at the Community Music Center

Community Music Center

Date placed on the Registry: December 9, 2019

Community Music Center was founded by Gertrude Field in 1921 with the mission of making music accessible to all people regardless of financial means. Located in the Mission District, the Center cultivates artistic growth for people of all ages and abilities through outstanding music education and performance opportunities.

The Endup

Date placed on the Registry: December 9, 2019

Located on 6th & Harrison in the SoMa district, The End Up has been a premium nightlife and entertainment venue in San Francisco since 1973.

Horizon’s Unlimited of San Francisco, Inc.

Date placed on the Registry: December 9, 2019

Horizons has been a community resource since 1965, offering a variety of culturally-rooted and high appeal services and programs for youth and families. These include employment programs, gender-specific programs for men and women, and substance abuse treatment programs.

Mums Shabu Shabu

Mumus Shabu Shabu in Japantown

Mum’s – Home of Shabu Shabu

Date placed on the Registry: December 9, 2019

Mums (formerly named Cafe Mums) has been serving customers from their Japantown location in the Kimpton Buchanan Hotel since 1995. It is known for its traditional Japanese-style Shabu-Shabu (it was one of the first to serve it in the Bay Area) and Japanese and American cuisines.

Caffe Sapore

Date placed on the Registry: December 20, 2019

Located on the north side of Lombard Street between Jansen and Taylor streets in the North Beach neighborhood Caffe Sapore ownder Elias Bikahi decided to open the coffee shop and eatery in 1997 to fill the needs of the North Beach community as well as to allow him to be home in the evenings with his family. It is a European style café with Mediterranean influences, and has been a beloved community space for over 18 years.

San Francisco Legacy Businesses updates: Zeitgeist and St. Mary’s Pub

Dec11th

Maria Davis (center) of St. Mary’s Pub, with Three Sisters co-founders Marta Davis and Amy Rothbauer | Photo: Three Sisters/Instagram

Two San Francisco bars, both members of the city’s Legacy Business Registry, were recently featured on the daily neighborhood news outlet Hoodline. Fun fact: both bars happen to be known for making great Bloody Marys!

Zeitgeist to temporarily close for seismic retrofit

Photo courtesy of Zeitgeist

Mission bar  Zeitgeist (199 Valencia St.), open since 1977 and added to the Legacy Business Registry on October 3rd, 2016, is set to undergo a temporary closure next month for a city-mandated seismic retrofit. A note posted to the 43-year-old bar’s door says it will be closed from January 6-18, 2020. Read more about this and their public “Retrofit Closing Party” on January 3rd.

St. Mary’s Pub owner buys building, launches signature Bloody Mary mix

St. Mary’s Pub earlier this year | Photo by: Nikki Collister from Hoodline

Another Legacy Businesses, St. Mary’s Pub at 3845 Mission Street, was very fortunate to purchase their building this past August after facing an uncertain future.  The pub, established in 1948 and added to the Legacy Business Registry this past January, will host a launch party this Saturday, December 14th, for their new Bloody Mary mix. Read more about the launch and about business here.

Save the Date: Holiday Open House 2019

Nov8th

Holiday Open House postcardSave the date for our annual Holiday Open House! To show our appreciation for our members and friends, we will have an afternoon of holiday family fun at the Haas-Lilienthal House. Come out to meet Heritage supporters and enjoy refreshments, music, and a visit from Santa!

We will collect toys and canned goods to benefit Toys for Tots and the SF-Marin Food Bank respectively, and welcome any donations that you can bring in.

*This event is FREE, but please register so that we know you are coming.

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The Path Forward in “Life of Washington” Mural Controversy

Aug4th

The sprawling digital panorama, “in Pursuit of Venus [infected],” by indigenous artist Lisa Reihana, animates the story of Captain Cook and “first contact” by reinterpreting an 1804 French wallpaper by Joseph Dufour. It will be on view in San Francisco at the de Young Museum from August 10, 2019 thru January 5, 2020.

On June 25, the San Francisco School Board unanimously voted to paint over — or, if too costly and time-consuming, cover with panels — Victor Arnautoff’s 1936 “Life of Washington” mural cycle at George Washington High School. Despite Arnautoff’s intent to expose racial injustice and genocide countenanced by this country’s first president, his depictions of Native Americans and African Americans in the sprawling fresco have been targeted by activists as deeply offensive, demeaning, and traumatic to students, especially to students of color.

The school board’s decision in June initiates a lengthy environmental review process that must evaluate a range of potentially feasible, less harmful alternatives to destruction. Although Heritage adamantly opposes the school board’s desire to paint over and destroy the entire “Life of Washington” mural, we support their guiding objective to protect and educate students. In April 2019, we submitted a memo to the school district that suggests multiple potential paths forward, including case studies that combine screening, interpretation, education, and/or new artwork. Then and now, Heritage’s goal is to provide the school district with a range of technical options to facilitate a constructive and unifying solution. Click here to review Heritage’s memo to SFUSD.