The Summer of Skyy
Just the other day I was sitting at one of my favorite bars and witnessed the strangest thing. Two regulars sat down at their stools and were offered their usual Skyy martinis by the well-versed bartender. "No," replied the customers. "We're boycotting the blue bottle." I couldn't help but listen in on the ensuing conversation. Seems Maurice Kanbar, Skyy's founder and figurehead, has found himself cast in a new role as one of San Francisco's most-hated landlords. Kanbar is taking his building at 2100 Jackson St. off of the rental market and kicking out all of the tenants, as allowed by the Ellis Act. Might he condo the place and make a tidy profit? He's said otherwise in print, but this is a common action in the city's brutal housing crunch; the difference is the uptown address and the upscale tenants. Residents are suing Kanbar with the aid of the grubby Tenderloin Housing Clinic. Meanwhile, some vodka drinkers, for whom the Skyy has fallen, are converting to Pearl wisdom.
Jason Teplitsky, owner of Blowfish, Sushi to Die For, has purchased the always-eclectic and sometimes-uneven Guerrero Street Flying Saucer. Don't worry Saucer fans, he's going to keep the space the same and retain Albert, its notorious chef and prior owner, as an active menu consultant. Still expect fun wine and crazy high-end grubbin'. Congrats to both.
Pat Kuleto has been touring the countryside up near Tomales Bay. Could it be he's thinking of a resort project up north? Maybe something with an oyster and goat cheese theme?
It's usually with dread that I log on to a new Web site someone recommended. There's just so much crap out in cyberspace, and what isn't stupid is just plain annoying. Bitterwaitress.com is an exception. The creation of a crabby New York server, the site has a nice and simple interface and is lol funny. The links take the surfer to nasty celebrity dining stories (Madonna is a shitty tipper), exposes of profit-driven and slave-driving restaurateurs, a glossary of restaurant terms ("asshole," "bastard" ...), and a chance for workers to submit their own tales of horror. The site is still in its infant stages, and mostly focuses on the New York scene, but one Michael Mina story does let the page go bicoastal. Harry sez: Check it out! ;-)
By Harry Coverte
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