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Newest Addition to the Lower Nob Hill Scene Is a “Garden-Centric” Bar

Also: Giving out free tacos isn’t a crime

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Plant-filled bar Propagation opened today at 895 Post Street. The newest boozy establishment in Lower Nob Hill is owned by bartending vet Heather Hoffman and interior designer Lauren Nguyen. The Instagram account claims the space is “garden-centric.” Featured photos of the space show plenty of plants, as well as plant-themed wallpaper. Vegetation also makes its way into the cocktails through garnishes and flavors. [The SF Chronicle]

• It’s time for Berkeley Restaurant Week. From March 18 through March 30, more than 50 restaurants participate in the event will offer discounted meals to diners. The theme this year is “March Munch Madness,” which means there’s plenty of basketball lingo in the promotion of the week, including the tiered pricing system of “Lay Up” to “Full Court Press.” []

• A San Mateo County judge has ruled that Councilman Antonio Lopez did not break the law when he paid a food truck to hand out free tacos on election day at a polling place. The court declared that tacos are different that “trinkets that candidates often hand out for free to generate goodwill.” The lawsuit was filed by Lopez’s opponent Webster Lincoln. Lincoln did not with the race nor this case. [The Mercury News]