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EaterWire: Yoshi's Gets Another Bailout, Sued Yelper Settles, Pagoda Deal Getting Closer

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Newman, 12/27/07

THE FILLMORE—In a move that will likely have struggling restaurants (not to mention tax-payers) across town mumbling "WTF?" in a bewildered fashion, the city has given struggling, Deathwatched giant Yoshi's another hefty bailout check: "Things looked pretty bleak until last month, when the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency gave Yoshi's - a centerpiece of the city's ambitious plan to revive the once-swinging Fillmore District - a $1.5 million emergency loan. It came on top of a $1.3 million loan the agency gave the club in September, and the original $4.4 million long-term loan it provided." The irony, of course, is that the money is to "redevelop" the jazz district, but as was mentioned last month, the money will now be used to keep Yoshi's open ... as it shifts the main focus away from jazz to other music. [Chron, previously]

YELPLANDThat Yelp lawsuit has been settled out of court, and well, those Yelpers are just so darn cute once they're faced with accountability: "Shortly after the court-required mediation hearing was completed Friday afternoon, Norberg replaced an earlier Yelp posting in which he said he had been sued by chiropractor Steven Biegel with a short posting that reads: 'A misunderstanding between both parties led us to act out of hand. I chose to ignore Dr. Biegel's initial request to discuss my posting. In hindsight, I should have remained open to his concerns...'" [CNET]

NORTH BEACH—After an epic political struggle, the vacant Pagoda Theater (right next to the Washbag) has taken a step forward in its proposed development into condos and a restaurant on the ground floor. At one point, a Mexican restaurant was the plan, but we'll see how the new plan shakes out. In the meantime, Curbed has the entire photo gallery of the current state of the place (let's just say you're gonna need a lot of bleach to get rid of all that pigeon shit). Next up: the Board of Supes. [Curbed]