It’s hard to believe, since it’s such a staple of the Grove at Larkin corner of Civic Center Plaza, but the Bi-Rite Civic Center Cafe only opened a year ago as of October 23. Continue reading “Happy Birthday Bi-Rite Civic Center Cafe!”
UPDATE: The 2/14 class has been canceled due to weather. Please join us 2/21!
Original post: Starting Valentine’s Day, LINES Dance Center will host dance and movement classes in UN Plaza every Thursday at 12:30pm. Running for 12 weeks, these free, outdoor classes — weather permitting — are for everyone, novice and professional alike! With fun beats and talented instructors, these energizing dance fitness classes will help slough off the mid-day slump and re-energize the rest of the afternoon. Additionally, once a month following these half-hour classes, Alonzo King LINES Ballet Training Program Students will take to the “stage” of UN Plaza and perform.
Also happening on Thursdays is the continuation of the gathering of Off the Grid food trucks from 11am to 2pm — grab a bite before or after dance class. And stroll through the ongoing UN Plaza Gift Gallery (9am-5pm); find something for your Valentine — or something for yourself!
UPDATE October 2018: The Civic Center Plaza Bi-Rite Cafe is now open!
Original post: As a result of yet another major gift, the Civic Center area will soon offer a street cafe to serve as a central gathering space for visitors.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Civic Center Community Benefit District (CCCBD) announced that Helen Diller Family Foundation expanded its $10 million donation (made in 2015 to fund the design and construction of two new vibrant, state-of-the-art playgrounds), with an additional $1 million street cafe, and idea prompted by extensive outreach regarding the playgrounds.
The original gift has served as a catalyst for a renewed focus on improving and activating San Francisco’s central public spaces through the Civic Center Initiative.
CCCBD selected Bi-Rite, a family-owned San Francisco institution since 1940, to be the operator of the cafe, which will provide soft serve ice cream and a variety of fresh foods.
“Creating community through food is why we exist,” said Sam Mogannam, second-generation owner of Bi-Rite. “And we’re honored to be asked to be a part of the fun and togetherness that this project is going to create in the heart of the City.”
The Street Cafe is still in design phase, but shouldn’t be too far behind the completion of the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds set to open in spring of 2018. But that doesn’t mean visitors had to wait to sample some of Bi-Rite’s delicious, world-renowned ice cream.
San Francisco came out in force during the October edition of 3rd Thursdays to redeem the several hundred tokens—good for one flavorful cup—Bit-Rite in collaboration with CCCBD donated and distributed ahead of the October event.
The street cafe, to be located at the corner of Grove and Larkin Streets, will offer a variety of food and drink selections as well as movable tables and seating for the public to relax and enjoy recreation activities at Civic Center Plaza.
Currently in the Civic Center public spaces, SF Rec and Parks Department offers Zumba classes, youth soccer, adult bocce ball, adult kickball, and volleyball games as well as food trucks in partnership with Off-The-Grid on a weekly basis.
Art, music, sports, and perhaps most of all, food, are among the things we look toward in bringing people together, illuminating that which we have in common. We hungrily await the arrival of the Civic Center Street Cafe, soon to be yet another vehicle for you to find what #wehaveincommons.
Springtime in the Civic Center public spaces means that the Heart of the City Farmers’ Market is brimming with new produce offerings. Whether you’re a longtime customer or new shopper, now is a great time to visit the market, which takes place in UN Plaza on Sundays from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm, and on Wednesdays from 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Lookout for new springtime produce offerings like mulberries, zucchini, snap peas, and more. And grab some Tulips while you’re at it!
The Heart of the City Farmers’ Market has been operating in UN Plaza since 1981, and it’s no secret that this market is a major attraction in Civic Center. But, did you know that the market plays a critical role in making fresh, healthy food accessible to those in need? Heart of the City Farmers’ Market:
- Distributes over $1 million annually in food assistance at the Market information tent;
- Executes the largest farmers market EBT program in California (nearly 70% of EBT benefits used at San Francisco farmers markets are used at this market!); and
- Makes over $250,000 per year in grant-funded incentives available to promote purchasing sustainable, local produce with an EBT card.
The Heart of the City Farmers’ Market has been a true pioneer in making healthy eating accessible to all by accepting various forms of payment (such as EBT and WIC). We hope you’ll stop by the market to do your shopping and support the many small farmers who are bringing the bounty of spring to UN Plaza!
Opening in early Spring 2018, Chef Deuki Hong of the pop-up Sunday Bird in partnership with Andrew Chau and Bin Chen of Boba Guys is bringing Sunday at the Museum to the Asian Art Museum, a new cafe experience focused a rotating menu featuring an array of Asian cuisine – menu items will include variations of bahn mi, dosa, soup dumplings, jianbing, milk buns, fried chicken wings, bao sandwiches, khao mun gai and much more. Reflecting the Museum’s mission of developing new ways to connect diverse communities to Asian art and culture, Sunday at the Museum aims at make their menu accessible to museum patrons and the local community by celebrating the diversity and ubiquity of Asian and Asian American cuisine.
The renovated cafe is the first part of the Asian Art Museum’s $90 million expansion – this project will include a 13,000 sq.ft. pavillion, rooftop terrace and exhibition space designed by architect Kulapat Yantrasast and is scheduled to open to the public in mid-2019. Sundays at the Museum will be open to match the Museum’s hours: Tuesday—Sunday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Thursdays from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Read more about this revitalized cafe concept at the NY Times and SF Eater.
Images from Asian Art Museum.