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If you’re looking for a cup of coffee and an iconic view, Equator Coffees’ newest location at the historic Round House Cafe is here to deliver. As announced earlier this summer, the coffee shop finally opened on Friday, September 10 and is now pulling shots of espresso at the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Plaza. The art deco cafe boasts a nearly 360-degree view of the bridge and bay, which is the most-visited site in the national park system, and serves a full menu of coffee, espresso, and food, including items like a veggie frittata breakfast sandwich and avocado toast.
The coffee roaster has been opening locations in national parks since 2017, starting with its cafe at Fort Mason. Since then it’s expanded its footprint on public lands, opening outposts at the Presidio and the newly remodeled Warming Hut at Crissy Field. Next up: the coffee will land on Alcatraz Island, where it will be available in the gift shop.
In other news...
- Longtime “dessert ghostwriter” Luis Villavelazquez (he’s done dessert menus for Elizabeth Falkner’s Citizen Cake and Orson and now-closed La Folie) in opening a dessert-only tasting menu spot, per the SF Chronicle. Called Les Éléments, the sweet destination will be located in the Tenderloin and will offer “pastries, à la carte service and dessert tastings on evenings from Thursday through Saturday.” [SF Chronicle]
- San Francisco’s only remaining alt-weekly is shutting down, Broke-Ass Stuart reported first. SF Weekly will stop printing indefinitely, the publisher said in a statement, explaining that for the time being the company will be focusing on “revitalizing and growing the SF Examiner.” [Broke-Ass Stuart]
- Berkeley Councilmember Kate Harrison wants to up the ante on the East Bay city’s plastic bag ban by pretty much completely outlawing “thick, reusable plastic grocery and takeout bags” — though restaurants would still be allowed to use plastic bags for hot liquids like a takeout soup order. Phew. [Berkeleyside]
- And finally, if you need a reason to eat (or at least order) a whole entire cheesecake this week — great news, we’ve got one: From now until September 19, Breadbelly is donating 50 percent of your purchase of a thick, burnt-top Mt. Tam Basque cheesecake to Fire Safe Marin, a nonprofit “dedicated to reducing wildfire hazards in Marin.”