OPENING: Bandidos restaurant debuts Tuesday

OPENING: Bandidos restaurant debuts Tuesday

Bandidos, the newest Mexican fine-dining restaurant and bar in the Castro Upper Market area is opening its big wooden doors wide this coming Tuesday, September 2nd. A posting for restaurant staff last month detailed that Bandidos will “offer patrons exquisite food presented with fine dining manners, but in a casual environment.”

As SFist reported, Bandidos owners Dana Gleim and Jesse Woodward…

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VIDEO: Hyperlapse through the Castro

We took a “Hyperlapse” video of the Castro yesterday morning and our good pal and photographer Alex Girardadded some music and still shots of the Rainbow Honor Walk plaques and the Castro Theatre marquee. In the video you can see construction crews preparing the last of the concrete pours on the Eastside of the 400-block of Castro Street between 18th and Market. Crews will be digging up the road…

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BAR interview reveals details about Bryan “Feather Lynn” Higgins last moments

The Bay Area Reporter’s Seth Hemmelgarn captured an interview with an eyewitness to the events leading up to the death of Bryan “Feather Lynn” Higgins who was found unconscious at the corner of Church and Duboce the morning of August 10th and was later removed from life support by his family. The SFPD is treating the case as a homicide and released a video of a person of interestwanted for…

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Yesterday, at around 6AM, the Department of Public Works and construction crews started placing the first 11 of 20 Rainbow Honor Walk plaques into the new sidewalks along Castro Street between 18th Street and 19th Street. The Rainbow Honor Walk is a sidewalk tribute similar to the Hollywood Walk of Fame that honors 20 LGBT heroes throughout history that identified as LGBT, contributed significantly to their fields, and are now deceased. Each of the 20 heroes selected by the all volunteer committee of the Rainbow Honor Walk is commemorated with a bronze plaque that is divided into four quadrants. Three quadrants are dedicated to a etching of the persons likeness with the fourth quadrant showing the honorees name and a short bio.

The first 20 plaques that are being placed in the Castro are just the first in a series of plaques that will eventually stretch all the way to Market and Octavia.

The official unveiling will be held next week, Tuesday, September 2nd; details will be forthcoming.

Our unofficial photographer and reporter, Steven Bracco, snapped some shots of the first 11 plaques that have been placed which include plaques honoring Alan Turing, Gertrude Stein, Randy Shilts, Frida Kahlo, Yukio Mishima, Del Martin, Bayard Rustin, Christine Jorgensen, Harry Hay, Keith Haring, and Allen Ginsberg. The other 9 honorees bios can be viewed at the Rainbow Honor Walk’s website.

PHOTOS: First Rainbow Honor Walk plaques placed Yesterday, at around 6AM, the Department of Public Works and construction crews started placing the first 11 of 20 Rainbow Honor Walk plaques into the new sidewalks along Castro Street between 18th Street and 19th Street.

A plan for Castro neighborhood retail coming

A plan to ease the Castro’s high retail vacancy rate is in the works.

Vacant storefronts as of Feb 2013 (figure: OEWD)

Vacant storefronts as of Feb 2013 (figure: OEWD)

We’ve reported on our blog many times of businesses coming and going in the Castro and most of those stories are stories of businesses leaving. The Castro has a retail vacancy rate of around 7%, almost double the citywide vacancy rate of 3.8%. Compound that with over 30,000 more square feet of new ground floor retail coming in with new builds up…

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After project delays, concrete pours start on Castro Street

After project delays, concrete pours start on Castro Street

Construction on the Castro Streetscape Improvement Project, specifically the phase two concrete pours for the portion of the sidewalks nearest the buildings, was stalled the past couple of weeks due to unforeseen subsurface basements and work PG&E needed to complete to make their utility boxes meet the new grade elevations of the sidewalks. This morning around 6AM, crews were able to start…

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SFPD ruling homicide for man attacked at Duboce and Church, vigil at 3:33PM

SFPD ruling homicide for man attacked at Duboce and Church, vigil at 3:33PM

A family member positively identified an unconscious man found at Duboce and Church this past weekend as 31-year old Bryan Higgins or “Stray Feather” as many people knew him. Feather lived in the Duboce Triangle and worked at Rosenberg Deli & Market. According to police reports, Feather was found unconscious around 7:30AM Sunday morning around Duboce and Church without any identifying…

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Hot Cop of Castro to don wet t-shirt for charity

Hot Cop of Castro to don wet t-shirt for charity

That’s right, Chris Kohrs, aka the Hot Cop of Castro, will be lending his body for a good cause in the form of a wet t-shirt contest of sorts. Next Monday, August 18th, from 6-8PM, the Hot Cop will be at The Cafe (2369 Market Street) raising money for the Officer Down Memorial Fund. The ODMF is an organization dedicated to remembering officers who are killed in the line of duty and to supporting…

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Castro bar fight and shooting perp facing charges

Castro bar fight and shooting perp facing charges

One of the three suspects arrested in the shooting we reportedon last Thursday was charged last Friday by the District Attorney’s Office. The suspect, Jason Hill, a 33-year old man from Oakland was charged with one felony count of negligent discharge of a firearm, two misdemeanor counts of firearm possession, one misdemeanor count of exhibiting a firearm, and a misdemeanor count of vandalism, as…

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