Crowds at Proxy tenant Biergarten. [Photo: hankzby/Flickr]
Proxy, the cohort of shipping containers in Hayes Valley that includes Smitten Ice Cream, Ritual, Biergarten, and more, got the go-ahead for eight more years in business from the Board of Supervisors this week, as they've voted to extend its lease until 2021. "I am happy to announce that we have reached an agreement to extend Proxy Development's lease on the city-owned lot at Octavia and Hayes," Supervisor London Breed said in a statement. "Proxy...has become a model of innovative urban development. They have also created over 100 jobs and partnered with community organizations to help local residents create and fill yet more jobs."
Proxy was originally only scheduled to be around for three years when it leased the space at Hayes and Octavia in 2010, and the contract was extended to five years last year. Their monthly rent, currently $5,000, will increase to $7,200 in 2015 and go up 2% every year after that through 2021. No word on what they're planning to do now that they have the extra time, but they just installed public wi-fi, which is a nice addition for visitors. They'll also start hosting Minnie Bell's Soul Movement, a soul food pop-up trailer from La Cocina grad Fernay McPherson, every weekend from 11-3 pm, beginning this weekend.
· Proxy Project Extended For 8 Years [Hayeswire]
· Proxy Now Has Wi-Fi [Facebook]
· Minnie Bell's: Soul food with an extra helping of soul [Examiner.com]