5 posts categorized "Food and Drink"


Entertainment Initiative: Mayor Launches NightLifeSF Initiative

07may2014_NightLifeSFMayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Scott Wiener today announced the launch of NightlifeSF, an initiative to support San Francisco’s vibrant nightlife and entertainment industry. The City’s $4 billion industry includes 3,200 restaurants, bars, nightclubs, live music venues, and performing arts spaces that create over 52,000 jobs in San Francisco. The initiative will support the sector by providing a one stop for existing or prospective nightlife business owners with resources and tools including dedicated staff and a new website to help navigate city rules on starting or maintaining a nightlife business in San Francisco.

“Our City’s world-class nightlife and entertainment industry helps make San Francisco a unique and great place to live, work, play and visit,” said Mayor Lee. “The range of tools we are deploying provides our nightlife and entertainment businesses with valuable resources and guidance so they can start, stay, and successfully thrive— keeping San Francisco a premier nightlife destination.” Read more.


Local Economy: City Announces Expansion Plan for Wholesale Produce Market

City Announces Expansion Plan for Wholesale Produce MarketMayor Edwin M. Lee and Supervisor Malia Cohen today announced new legislation to approve a long-term, 60-year master lease agreement and expansion plans for the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market located in the Bayview. The Wholesale Produce Market is a hub of San Francisco’s fresh food system, providing a steady supply of fruit and vegetables to restaurants and local grocers with nearly $500 million in gross annual revenue.

“The San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market has been supplying our City and region with fresh, healthy produce for 137 years. This new $100 million investment and expansion will ensure that small businesses, neighborhood grocers and anyone in the market for fresh produce for their business will continue to receive their goods from San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “The Market will continue to provide an economic benefit to the City and create jobs for our residents.” Read more.


Mayor Announces Initiative to Boost S.F. Restaurant Industry

Mayor Newsom Announces Initiative to Boost San Francisco Restaurant Industry
Mayor issues Executive Directive to create Inter-Agency Restaurant Consultation Team to streamline process, support local restaurant industry

Mayor Newsom announced a new initiative within the San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development (OEWD) charged with streamlining and simplifying the process of opening a restaurant in San Francisco, as well as developing recommendations to support the restaurant industry in San Francisco overall. The restaurant industry in San Francisco – with more than 3,000 restaurants and more than 46,000 employees – is one of the City’s largest employers, revitalizing neighborhood corridors and stimulating tourism.

“From our neighborhood bistros and taquerias to our finest white tablecloth establishments, restaurants are a cornerstone of San Francisco’s economy and quality of life,” said Mayor Newsom. “San Francisco restaurants have stepped up to support their employees’ health and economic well-being, and the City in turn can provide greater certainty and support to entrepreneurs going through the process of opening a restaurant. By proactively engaging the industry through a more targeted business assistance and relationship-building effort, we can become a more effective problem-solver, partner and advocate.” Read more.


Mayor Newsom Announces Regional Food Policy for San Francisco and Several New Food Initiatives

Mayor-foodpolicy 07/08/09 - San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom today issued the first ever comprehensive food policy for San Francisco, and a sweeping action plan to make improvements to food that is available in the region. The plan, which Mayor Newsom issued through Executive Directive, aims to ensure that all regional residents have access to healthy food, and will have far reaching impact throughout Northern California by increasing support for area farms.

"The stark reality is that hunger, food insecurity, and poor nutrition are pressing health issues, even in a city as rich and vibrant as San Francisco," said Mayor Newsom. "From the alleviation of hunger, to the need to support local and sustainable agricultural practices, these recommendations form a comprehensive and strategic approach to addressing pressing needs in all sectors of the food system."

Mayor Newsom, joined at the announcement by California Food and Agriculture Secretary A.G. Kawamura and representatives of the United State Department of Agriculture, explained that the food policy calls for a range of actions to be completed in 180 days. Read More


"Shop SF, Get More", Continues in January

San Francisco's Shopping Incentive Program, Shop SF, Get More, Continues with January Offers For All Bay Area Residents

01/07/09 - Today Mayor Gavin Newsom announced that Shop SF, Get More, a city-wide incentive program to encourage local and Bay Area residents to visit, shop, and stay in San Francisco, will continue to offer special discounts and promotions through January. The program’s special discounts and promotions are exclusively for residents of the nine Bay Area counties.

"During these tough economic times, San Francisco is working to ensure that its small businesses remain strong and tourism thrives," said Mayor Newsom. "Shop SF will continue to showcase our world-class dining, museums, events, attractions, and hotels with new great offers. It’s an opportunity to experience all the beauty and excitement of one of the greatest cities in the world."

In order to encourage local and Bay Area residents to shop and buy in San Francisco in January, Shop SF, Get More includes the following special discounts and promotions:

Show Your Zip Program: Families can enjoy special promotions on hotel accommodations, shopping, meals and other great deals offered by over 170 local merchants, simply by proving residence in one of the nine Bay Area counties.

Restaurants: Through Dine About Town, over 100 of San Francisco's most popular restaurants will offer three course prix-fixe lunches for $21.95 and/or dinners for $34.95. The offer runs January 15 – 31, 2009. Diners can take advantage of the Sunday FunDay Pass and/or carpool validation as they explore the city’s culinary options.

Hotels: San Francisco hotels are offering reduced rates, complimentary parking and breakfast, and a variety of discounted holiday packages. In January, select San Francisco hotels will offer, "3 Nights for the Price of 2."

Shop Local: Special promotions and shopping events are occurring in unique neighborhood commercial districts across the city, including late night shopping and weekend sidewalk sales.

Events: Hundreds of events are happening all over San Francisco, including the Chinese New Year’s Parade, the MLK March, and public screening of the Presidential Inauguration.

Available discounts will be compiled on the Convention & Visitors Bureau website, www.onlyinSanFrancisco.com. Shop SF will also be linked on the SF Chamber of Commerce website, and other websites throughout the Bay Area. Promotions run through January 2009.