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Free Concerts, La Cocina Food Vendors Return for 20th Street Block Party

Serving Puerto Rican alcapurrias, Nepalese momos, and more

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Scenes from the Noise Pop Block Party
Noise Pop

NoisePop goes off in the Mission

Independent local music promoter NoisePop is back with their 7th annual food and music-focused block party this weekend: The 20th Street Block Party, hosted on Saturday, August 17 from noon to 6 p.m. The block in question is 20th and 19th Streets between Bryant and Harrison, and the food encompasses the area’s finest, including vendors from nearby La Cocina, the Mission food incubator serving mostly women immigrants. Offerings include momos from Bini’s Kitchen and Puerto Rican empanadas and alcapurrias from Mission Boricua. More nearby restaurants like Farmhouse Thai are participating, too. The full food lineup is here, and the musical highlights will include Hello Yellow, Pity Party, and Zola. The concert is free, but tickets are available for a VIP lounge, with bites from the likes of new Italian spot Great Gold.

New Portuguese bakery headed to San Jose

A bakery pop-up from popular San Jose Portuguese restaurant Adega was such a hit with its pastéis de nata that Adega’s owners have decided to open a bakery spinoff. The Mercury News reports that the new bakery, modeled on a a typical pastelaria in Portugal, will open somewhere downtown.

The grass was greener at Grass Lands

San Francisco’s first foray into cannabis sales at events, a pot-smoking area at Outside Lands this weekend, was a success, SFist reports. There were reportedly no medical emergencies or law enforcement incidents, and the whole thing was cleaner than the rest of the festival grounds.

DoorDash sprints towards IPO

SF-based delivery service DoordDash is reportedly talking to banks about lining up $400 million in credit ahead of what appears to be an imminent IPO. The company raised $600 million at a $12.6 billion valuation, and recently purchased Square, its higher-end competitor in the local market.

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