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  • Fairy Palaces: Arch critic John King takes a...

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Chinatown  |  February 6, 2009 10:15 AM  |  703 views  |  No comments

    2009_02_chinatown.jpgArch critic John King takes a stroll through Chinatown and gives us a bit of history: "In the aftermath of the earthquake and fire that leveled much of San Francisco in 1906, the Board of Supervisors proposed relocating Chinatown to Hunters Point. But neighborhood merchants dug in first, quickly erecting what one described as 'veritable fairy palaces' that would create an enticing image for a neighborhood long portrayed as sordid and sinful. To conjure up this local version of the exotic East, they hired Anglo-American architects who drew on such widely recognizable symbols as pagodas and temples." So, who should we thank, exactly? [SF Gate]

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  • The Dish: Reposado, JCCSF Food Court, Tuttimelon

    Posted Under: In My Neighborhood in Chinatown  |  January 6, 2009 1:00 PM  |  721 views  |  No comments

    But it's not all gloom and doom. Courtesy of The Dish, here we have a handful of shiny, optimistic newcomers ready to brave the storm.

    1) Palo Alto: Down the Peninsula, the Cass Calder Smith-designed Reposado has opened in all its 160-seat, 6,000-square-foot glory. It's a Mexican restaurant from Palo Alto Creamery owner Rob Fischer, and bonus, there's foam involved too. For now, Reposado is open for dinner only; lunch service will begin next week. 236 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto; (650) 833-3151; website [EaterWire]

    2) Pacific Heights: Getting back to the city, Joanna Karlinksy (of the shuttered Meetinghouse fame) has finally debuted her new food court on the ground floor of the JCCSF. The project contains six self-contained kiosks (see the lineup above): Jo-Jo-To-Go (prepared foods... to go), Confections (bakery), Luck Dawg (ice cream), Lulu Drinks (juice/coffee bar), Pressed (sandwiches), and Emma Peel's Pizza Pie. 3200 California Street, at Presidio; (415) 292-1200; website [EaterWire]

    3) North Beach/Chinatown: What's a new year without a new froyo opening? To christen '09, we present to you one more branch of Tuttimelon, this time in the old Yoogo Gelato space on Broadway, just off Columbus. As is their tradition, they've got the 99-cent opening special banner that will likely remain until the next Olympiad. 601 Broadway, at Grant Avenue; website [EaterWire]

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