Monday 10: Litquake’s Eat, Drink, and Be Literary

Plus Merigan Sub Shop and Fly Bar close, while Soul Groove and Manresa Bread expand.

LitQuake’s “Eat, Drink, and Be Literary” Is Sunday
Their use of the Oxford comma warms this grammar-nerd’s heart, but the lineup for Eat, Drink, and Be Literary is even more stellar than their punctuation. This Sunday, Oct. 9, from 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Litquake will take over The Chapel (777 Valencia) and fill it with vendors (Good Eggs, Miyoko’s Kitchen, Shades of Sugar Bakeshop, Sudwerk Brewing Company, Shakespeare Vodka, and more) and talks, including panel discussions on vegetarianism, sustainability, and the art of food writing.
Merigan Announces the End
Sicilian dialect for “American,” Liza Shaw’s three-year-old SoMa sandwich shop Merigan (636 Second St.) announced the end of operations this week. Via Facebook, Shaw calls the place an “Island of Misfit Toys” and writes of her decision that “difficult doesn’t really do it justice.” She closes with some wise words: “If you love a place and you want it to be around for a long time, please support it. Life is short.”
Halcyon Opens in the Former Beatbox Space
Hoodline reports that the Beatbox space at 314 11th St., which closed earlier this summer, is now home to Halcyon. It’ll be a dance club on weekends, like its predecessor was, but also more Public Works-like in that it will host cabaret events and just maybe yoga. It should be up and running by the first week of November.
Manresa Bread Gets Bigger and Adds an Espresso Bar
Manresa Bread (276 N. Santa Cruz Ave., Los Gatos) announced that it grew by 200 square feet and added an espresso bar for partners Verve Coffee Roasters.
Party Time! California Issues Five Non-Transferable Liquor Licenses to S.F.
State law mandates that California counties may have one liquor license per 2,000 residents. As existing licenses were grandfathered in at the time that law was passed, San Francisco has more than 1,000 when it should only have about 430. But the Business Times reports that the state will issue five to outlying neighborhoods that lack many restaurants with full liquor licenses, like Third Street in the Bayview, Mission Street in the Excelsior, San Bruno Avenue, Ocean Avenue, Noriega Street, Taraval Street, and Visitacion Valley. (Not every neighborhood will get one.) It costs $13,800 to apply, and if you obtain one, you can’t sell it along with your business. Bon chance to the applicants!
Nob Hill Fly Bar Closes
Seven months after owner Matt Sturm sold the Divisadero location of Fly Bar, Hoodline reports that the Nob Hill branch (1085 Sutter) closed last evening.
Soul Groove Opens a Second TL Location
Chicken-and-waffles restaurant Soul Groove (422 Larkin) has expanded to take over the former Mr. Crave spot next to the Cova Hotel (655 Ellis), Hoodline reports. It’s called Mom’s Soul Groove, and it’s currently open for breakfast and lunch, with a liquor license pending.

The Daily Show Pranked North Carolina with a Fake Anti-Gay Food Truck

“Your gay taste buds aren’t even calibrated to enjoy straight mac ‘n’ cheese.”

People Are Eating in Restaurants Less

If you can get past an unfortunate reference to the “eating-out industry,” this New York Times story on how people are choosing to eat at home more is quite illuminating. Restaurant receipts aren’t declining in absolute terms, but cheap groceries and the rise of meal subscription services are, well, eating into things.

The Carnegie Deli Is Closing, Too — Maybe

Hey, the closures aren’t limited to S.F. The New York Times casts a wistful glance at the Carnegie Deli, the Midtown Manhattan tourist attraction that’s set to end its 79-year run on Dec. 31. But the New York Daily News now claims that a former dishwasher is plotting to save it.

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