Hayes Valley: Yesterday, the city unveiled preliminary plans for a series of temporary structures along Octavia. One concept is called "Proxy" and would allow for temporary—think two to three years—leases for pop-up businesses, including restaurants offshoots, pictured here. And for what it's worth, John King thinks it "likely" (!) that Delfina will be involved in some form.
The ephemerality also appeals to one likely participant, Craig Stoll. "The idea of temporary is really intriguing," said Stoll ... "It's a chance to do something cool and fun, almost like art."Obviously nothing is set in stone quite yet—there's another proposal for a "communal farm" up the block at Fell and Octavia—but in this day and age of pop-up restaurants and such, the idea of a high-profile, temporary endeavor like this is certainly an attractive one for restaurateurs.
In related news, pastry chef Koa Duncan has given her notice at Delfina (she's moving to LA), meaning that the Stolls need a replacement for their mini-empire's
desert dessert program. According to the Craigslist ad, the (hardcore!) duties read thusly:
"Our pastry chef directs the daily-changing dessert list at Delfina, and produces desserts for our two pizzerias. Shifts begin at 6AM."Spread the word, tell your early-morning friends. And we can think of at least one recent import with an impressive pastry resume.
· Efforts to turn empty lots to a glass half full [Chron]
· Whoa: Hayes Green Lots Getting Juiced With Temporary Retail [Curbed SF]