Meraki Market shuttered after a little more than a year in business
San Francisco event designer Stanlee Gatti opened Meraki Market at 927 Post Street in October of 2017, saying as he did that celebrity chefs like Charles Phan and Alice Waters would appear at the high-end grocery store, which offered items like “French-cut pork chops, organic cantaloupe and caviar,” the Chron noted. After its opening, some area residents decried the mart for its allegedly gentrifying effect and clouds of smoke reportedly emanating from its meat-roasting stove., but “I can’t tell you how many times people come in to compliment that it’s just so nice to have it in the neighborhood,” Gatti told Eater SF in November of 2017. That compliment stream has been ceased, as according to its website, Meraki Market has been closed since December 30, 2019, “for restructuring.” Things sound pretty final, however, as its site also says quite past-tensely that “we’d like to thank you for your loyalty and patronage over the past couple of years. It has been our pleasure serving you.”
There’s a new bakery in Grand Lake
Wild Rabbit Bakery, where (per its Instagram) “everything is fresh and handmade in house, with love, for our Oakland community,” has opened its doors at 3249 Grand Avenue, Hoodline reports. It’s in the spot last occupied by Fog City Bakehouse, and also offers salads and assorted savory goods.
A sharp rent increase shuttered Woody’s Yogurt Place
Woody’s Yogurt Place has served Mill Valley residents for 21 years, but that ended on Sunday, the Marin Independent Journal reports. Rent at its Strawberry Village spot was raised to $8,750 per month, 78-year-old owner Michael “Woody” Woodson tells KRON 4, an uptick that made the business unsustainable. “The rents, they won’t lower the rents,” Woodson said. “And they won’t even give me a sale price so I can’t sell it so I’m stuck.”
There's cannabis-infused seltzer, kombucha, tea, EVERYTHING ... and now, yes, there is cannabis-infused rosé.— Esther Mobley (@Esther_mobley) January 2, 2020
I tasted the pink weed wines, and considered what it means that the cannabis industry wants to capitalize on the rosé craze.https://t.co/sIXy1NY9HE
Does anyone need weed in their wine?
Three California companies have recently released “nonalcoholic, cannabis-infused rosés,” the Chron’s Esther Mobley reports, drinks that offer “a more manageable high than an edible and more subtlety than lighting up.” Mobley says the resulting beverages don’t taste much like wine, comparing them more to Laffy Taffy or Sweet Tarts, but said that the drinks got her high “for hours.”
The folks behind Son’s Addition are opening a Mexican-focused restaurant in the Lower Haight
Hoodline reports that Nicolas and Anna Sager Cobarruvias, the owners of eclectic Mission District restaurant Son’s Addition, will open a spot called Otra in the former Sushi Raw spot at 628 Haight Street. Nicolas Cobarruvias says that the couple lives in the Lower Haight, and relishes the chance to open a restaurant — which he says will specialize in Mexican food — in the area. It’s far too early to predict hot dining neighborhoods for 2020, but with a vegetarian restaurant from the State Bird Provisions team plotted for just a block from Otra, this might be a street to keep an eye on.