Ambition isn’t something that’s in short supply these days at 165 O’Farrell St. in Union Square. The six-story brick building is in the throes of a multimillion dollar renovation effort. Once complete, its name will officially be ONE65, and the 25,000-square-foot interior will be home to ONE65 Patisserie, ONE65 Bistro, ONE65 Lounge & Bar and a fine dining restaurant called O’. Suffice to say, ONE65 might be San Francisco’s most ambitious hospitality project of 2018. Claude Le Tohic, whose past work at Joël Robuchon at the MGM Grand Las Vegas placed the restaurant among the world’s three-Michelin-star elite, is at the helm of ONE65. Rumors of his involvement spread through the local food scene in 2016, as did the general idea that the building would contain multiple culinary concepts. But Le Tohic told Inside Scoop he’d been working behind the scenes on the concept long before that. Timelines are essentially a fluid concept when … [Read more...] about Union Square to welcome One65: a six-floor ode to French cuisine
Back to Gallery Berkeley Bowl seeks to expand, evict 70-year-old neighbor... Facebook Twitter Email LinkedIn Reddit Pinterest Comments 35 There’s turmoil surrounding the East Bay growth of one of Berkeley’s most popular independent supermarkets. According to a lawsuit filed in Alameda County Superior Court in November, Berkeley Bowl is being sued by the owners of a 70-year-old, family-owned metal anodizing business in Emeryville called Metalco for breach of contract, misrepresentation and violating California business practices, among other actions. The suit stems from Berkeley Bowl’s 2017 purchase of 1475 67th St., Metalco’s place of business since 1946, for an unspecified project. Bruce Kawabata, Berkeley Bowl’s director of governance, risk and compliance, responded to the lawsuit’s accusations via email on Friday. He said his company worked with Metalco on a new lease for four months before initiating actions to evict the business. He … [Read more...] about Berkeley Bowl seeks to expand, evict 70-year-old neighbor business. Lawsuit ensues [UPDATED]
Photo: Inside Hook Photo: Inside Hook Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Inside Hook Inside the Cutthroat World of Airbnb Experiences 1 / 1 Back to Gallery People love being able to say that they value experiences over things. It’s become a weird, condescending way of establishing moral and intellectual superiority, perhaps rooted in some kind of puritanical belief system linking material possessions to greed and other vices of that nature. Today, it’s just a weird humble brag: “Oh, you enjoy frittering away your money on physical objects? That’s cool. I prefer to spend my hard-earned resources on something priceless: experience.” This is dumb, because as we all know, experience is … [Read more...] about Inside the Cutthroat World of Airbnb Experiences
Photo: Mark Wilson/Getty Images Most weeks, New York Magazine writer-at-large Frank Rich speaks with contributor Alex Carp about the biggest stories in politics and culture. Today, the threat of government shutdown following Trump’s Oval Office meeting with Democratic leaders, the president’s search for a new chief of staff, and thoughts on who should host the Oscars. With funding for some federal agencies set to expire in less than two weeks, President Trump turned his Oval Office meeting with Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer into a reality-TV standoff over his border wall. Did their exchange increase or decrease the chance of a shutdown? My profound hope is that Trump makes good on his threat and shuts down the government right before Christmas. He will set his party back even further than he already has, and do so at a time when congressional Republicans are going to be trapped with angry constituents back home during the holiday break. I still can’t get … [Read more...] about Will Trump Follow Through on His Incredibly Dumb Shutdown Threat?
Mia Love, one of five defeated GOP House members whom Trump mocked the day after the election. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call,Inc. The obvious irony involved in this week’s bizarre Oval Office confrontation with congressional Democratic leaders was that the president went into it on the brink of avoiding a partial government shutdown and wound up defiantly bellowing his determination to shut it all down if he didn’t get exactly what he wanted in the way of border wall funding. But this unraveling of Trump’s position was made worse by another thing that happened in the meeting: Nancy Pelosi goaded him into insisting belligerently that he did too have enough votes from House Republicans in support of his full border wall demand. Now he may have to prove it, as the Hill notes: Now, [House Republican Whip] Scalise, Ryan and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) are under enormous pressure to prove their ally in the White House was correct and that … [Read more...] about Oops, Trump Now Needs the Votes of Those GOP House ‘Losers’ He Mocked