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Openings: March 2022

Bowes Center

200 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco |

The Ute and William K. Bowes, Jr. Center for Performing Arts recently joined the Ann Getty Center for Education in comprising the San Francisco Conservatory of Music campus. The $200 million, 170,000-square-foot venue, designed by Mark Cavagnero Associates, contains student residences, classrooms, practice facilities, recording studios and performance halls. In the spirit of making music more accessible, not only do floor-to-ceiling windows allow passersby a glimpse of the SFCM’s craft, but 90 percent of concerts will be free. “I am excited about seeing the people of this city come in and just be overwhelmed by the beauty of the spaces — and not just visually with what they will see, but with what they’re going to hear,” says SFCM president David Stull, who notes that in addition to performances, lectures will be part of the programming. On Saturday, March 12, the Bowes Center is hosting an open house with faculty performances, kids’ activities and studio tours. Guests will also get to sample food from Uccello, the new restaurant on the first floor that is a collaboration between Clay Reynolds and chef Loretta Keller.

Lost Marbles

823 Clement Street, San Francisco |

NoPa’s Barrel Head Brewhouse now has a sister spot: Lost Marbles, an Inner Richmond brewpub that was 3.5 years in the making for proprietors Ivan Hopkinson and Natasha Gatto. In addition to offering beers from Barrel Head and other local craft producers, Mickey Healy, who oversees the food and drink programs, “does a really good job of finding interesting whiskeys and bourbons from small boutique establishments,” says Hopkinson, adding that the opening Spice Girls–themed cocktail menu “set the tone that we’re not hoity-toity.” There are bar bites you might expect (burgers and wings) along with those you might not (fried plantains, candied bacon boosted with sriracha). The decor features a kraken mural painted by Erin Eisenhower and upcycled wood furniture with QR codes that reveal where the timber was salvaged from. Patrons can watch sports on the 12-by-8-foot video wall as well as partake in their own foosball and shuffleboard matchups. “We’re excited to be a part of the neighborhood,” says Hopkinson, “a place where you can come for lunch, hang out, come and have a drink, or go out to dinner at Heritage next door and then come back here for a nightcap.”

Photo courtesy of Beth Miles.

Fog City Flea Trading Post

One Ferry Building, San Francisco |

After operating as a weekly pop-up in the Ferry Building for years, last month Fog City Flea became a more permanent fixture inside the San Francisco landmark. Fog City Flea Trading Post, a curated emporium, is open daily in the space that previously housed Sur La Table. “With a 5,000-square-foot blueprint, we will have anything and everything that anyone may need,” says general manager William Brennan. Among the 40-plus vendors displaying their wares at the “modern department store,” as he describes it, are LaliSimone (vintage and designer fashions), Crow Canyon (handmade enamelware), Amanda Ondretti (of Felt Flanerie), Wild Fern Goods (pet products), Anchovy (pearl jewelry), Kalme Co. (vegan personal care) and Beth Miles (reclaimed furniture and accessories, shown here). Fog City Flea’s prepandemic location in the Grand Hall upstairs continues to serve as the site of its pop-ups that take place every other Sunday. Additionally, says Brennan, a monthly series at Dr. Wilkinson’s Backyard Resort & Mineral Springs in Calistoga — dubbed Fog City Flea: Escape to Napa Valley — kicks off Saturday, March 19.

Photo courtesy of Anthony Parks and Emilio Salehi/Equal Parts Media.

Kaiyō Rooftop Bar and Restaurant

701 Third Street, San Francisco |

“How can you go wrong with rooftop views and sushi or tiradito?” replies John Park of Brick × Brick Hospitality Group, when asked about opening atop the Hyatt Plaza in SoMa. Like his Kaiyō in Cow Hollow, the swanky new alfresco aerie specializes in Nikkei, or Peruvian-Japanese fare. Favorites at the former can now be found at the latter, too — including dishes like the scallop tiradito with passion fruit leche de tigre and the beet-cured salmon tiradito, along with drinks such as the Super Saiyan and Dark Side of Cloud Strife. Plus, Kaiyō Rooftop offers 10 new cocktail creations. “Spreading the love of Nikkei cuisine is Kaiyō’s mission,” says Park, “and SoMa provides a bigger stage for us to showcase our food and drinks.” The design for the 3,300-square-foot elevated venue is replete with greenery — there are even live palm trees to further the tropical oasis vibe — and also features Japanese lanterns made with yarn, a shingled wall that resembles fish scales and a Pop Art–inspired mural by Jeff Carnie. (Psst — another outpost of Kaiyō is slated to open on the hotel’s ground level later this year.)

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