Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Castro vigil set for man who died after outburst at Hecho bar

Abel from family

Abel Marquez (Photo: Dave Monroe)

Friends of a gay San Francisco man who died after a violent outburst at a Castro district bar are planning a vigil for him in the neighborhood Thursday night (April 27).

Abel Marquez, 36, died March 24, about two weeks after police say he entered Hecho Cantina, 2200 Market Street, broke a window, and cut himself.

Soon after police and paramedics responded to the bar, Marquez suffered cardiac arrest, according to fire department records. He was taken to Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and kept on life support until his death.

Organizers of the vigil are asking people to bring candles to the corner of 18th and Castro streets by 10 p.m. Thursday.

“Afterwards we will hit up some of Abel’s favorite drinking spots,” a friend said in a Facebook post announcing the event.

The vigil will be followed Sunday, April 30 by a celebration of life for Marquez, who was also known as Abel Florentino, at 6 p.m. at Club BNB, 2120 Broadway, Oakland.

Marquez had reportedly been drinking and using methamphetamine before the incident at Hecho, and Dave Monroe, his stepfather, is attributing Marquez’s death to the sedative Versed that paramedics apparently gave him. Monroe believes mixing the sedative with the other substances in Marquez’s system was fatal. The medical examiner’s office has not released the cause or manner of death.

A Gofundme campaign has been launched to help Marquez’s family.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 26, 2017 @ 4:53 pm PST
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Advisory panel eyes naming SFO’s Terminal 1 & access road for Harvey Milk

A drawing of what the rebuilt Terminal 1 will look like at SFO when its renovation wraps up in 2014. Courtesy SFO.

A drawing of what the rebuilt Terminal 1 will look like at SFO when its renovation wraps up in 2024. Courtesy SFO.

The advisory panel tasked with naming a terminal at San Francisco International Airport after gay icon Harvey Milk is leaning toward the under renovation Terminal 1 as well as naming the airport’s access road after Milk.

At the inaugural meeting this morning (Thursday, April 20) of the nine-person Airport Facilities Naming Advisory Committee, an initial consensus emerged among the eight members present that designating the first of the airport’s four terminals after Milk would present a unique marketing opportunity since Terminal 1 is currently undergoing a $2.4 billion remodel that will be unveiled in stages through 2024 and draw years of media coverage.

And by christening the airport’s access road as Harvey Milk Way, all four of the terminals as well as the airport itself would be attached to the former supervisor’s name, committee members noted. In November of 1977 Milk became the first openly gay elected official in San Francisco and California by winning a supervisor seat but was assassinated a year later.

Terminal 1 will be a “gleaming, new facility,” said Jon Ballesteros, a gay man who is currently vice president of public policy at San Francisco Travel, the city’s tourism bureau, but as of May 1 will be SFO’s chief external affairs officer.

The rebuild of the terminal will be heavily promoted in the press, noted Ballesteros, and christening it the Harvey Milk Terminal “adds to the scope and reach of the public impact that could have.”

Theresa Lee, formerly the deputy airport director for administration, added that the remodel of the terminal presents various opportunities to incorporate the name and story of Milk into the design.

“It is the first terminal people see picking up and dropping off passengers or parking at the airport,” said Lee.

Retired airport director John L. Martin, a gay man who was elected chair of the naming committee, suggested the front glass window of Terminal 1 could bear Milk’s name similar to how the airport’s name is emblazoned on the front of the International Terminal, which is the most visible of SFO’s terminals to those passing by on Highway 101.

“It is a great idea,” said Martin of selecting Terminal 1, who proposed having airport staff present the committee at its next meeting with ideas of “what potential things we can do” outside and inside the building to honor Milk.

Jim Lazarus, the senior vice president for public policy at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, first broached the Milk road naming idea as something the committee should consider in addition to selecting a terminal to name in his honor.

“If you look at the airport’s address it is a PO Box; it is not a street address,” said Lazarus, who was a deputy city attorney when Milk was in office. “It is something I would like us to consider as well. If you look at Google’s map, it is listed as Airport Access Road. There is some opportunity at the street level as well we can consider.”

Having worked for U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) when she was the city’s mayor in the 1980s as executive deputy mayor for finance and administration, Lazarus admitted that he is “a little prejudiced on the international terminal,” suggesting it should be named after Feinstein. He pointed out it was rebuilt during her time as mayor.

“Few people have had as large an impact on the modern airport than Dianne Feinstein,” said Lazarus, adding that she has fought for federal funding for SFO while in Congress.

As the B.A.R.’s Political Notebook reported in today’s paper, gay former Supervisor David Campos would like to see the international airport be named after Milk. In light of the recent reports about gay men being rounded up in the Russian republic of Chechnya, as well as the ongoing global fight for LGBT rights, Campos believes a Harvey Milk International Terminal would send a powerful message.

“Given what is happening with Chechnya and in other countries, the International Terminal becomes more significant and more appropriate,” he said. “It is the first thing people who travel from all over the world see when they come into San Francisco.”

The airport naming committee arose from Campos’ initial proposal in 2013 to rename all of SFO after Milk. But it would require voters passing a charter amendment, and Campos was unable to secure the necessary votes at City Hall to place the idea on the ballot.

Mayor Ed Lee and Campos ended up striking the compromise to name just a terminal after Milk. They proposed forming a naming committee and tasked it with recommending to the board and mayor which of SFO’s four terminals should bear Milk’s name.

Yet the panel had sat dormant because of Lee’s snail’s pace in naming his five appointees to the nine-person body. It was only recently, as the B.A.R. reported Monday, that the mayor appointed Lazarus, Therese Lee, and Renel Brooks Moon, the public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants, to the panel.

He also named two gay appointees: Joe Goldman, who is the public affairs and civic engagement manager at the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Alfredo Pedroza, who is a senior vice president at Wells Fargo and the bank’s West Region director of local government relations. (Pedroza was unable to attend today’s meeting.)

Ballesteros and Martin are board appointees, as are Alex Walker, a gay man who now works for state Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), and Maggie Weiland, deputy director of the Entertainment Commission and a volunteer with the Harvey Milk Foundation, co-founded by her mother, Anne Kronenberg, who was a campaign consultant and legislative aide for Milk.

Weiland said that her first preference would be to recommend naming the International Terminal after Milk due to the persecution LGBT people face across the globe.

“What we are seeing in other countries and in our own country is disheartening,” she said.

Walker, a former board member of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club, also said that “coming into the room” he was inclined to support naming the International Terminal after Milk. But he later said he could see the merits of choosing Terminal 1.

“I am intrigued with the Terminal 1 idea,” he said, “and with the new construction being able to incorporate elements about Milk into what is being built now.”

Goldman, whose partner works for Virgin America airline, said he was “leaning towards” Terminal 1 because the media attention on its rebuild would “magnify awareness” of having it be named in honor of Milk. It would also signify that the fight for LGBT equality in America is far from done, added Goldman, who serves on the board of the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club.

“We are a city that is a model internationally but also at home,” he said.

The committee has three months to vote on a Milk terminal and can opt to remain meeting for an additional 15 months in order to recommend names for the other three terminals and additional airport facilities. It voted this morning to first focus on selecting a Milk terminal and then decide if it would continue to meet or disband.

Its next meeting will likely be held on Monday, May 22, which is Harvey Milk Day and would have been Milk’s 87th birthday. Otherwise, it is looking to meet Tuesday, May 23 to hear from airport staff.

It would likely then schedule one more meeting where it would vote on its recommendation for the Milk terminal.

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 20, 2017 @ 1:33 pm PST
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Mandelman pulls papers for D8 supe race

Gay City College of San Francisco board member Rafael Mandelman Thursday became the first candidate to take on gay Supervisor Jeff Sheehy in the June 2018 election.

(Rafael Mandelman. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

(Rafael Mandelman. Photo: Rick Gerharter)

Mandelman, 43, said he took out election papers April 20 for the seat, which includes the Castro, Noe Valley, and Glen Park neighborhoods.

“I’m running because I believe that District 8 voters deserve a choice – democracy is at its best when it’s a contest of ideas,” Mandelman stated in a news release.

In a phone call, Mandelman told the Bay Area Reporter that his deciding to run was not about anything Sheehy has done during his first four months in office.

“It’s not really about Jeff,” Mandelman said. “I feel ready and I feel I’d be a good supervisor for District 8.”

Sheehy was appointed by Mayor Ed Lee in January to replace Scott Wiener, a gay man who served as District 8 supervisor until he was sworn in as a state senator.

In a news release, Mandelman, who ran unsuccessfully for the D8 seat in 2010, said he wanted to help people “trying to make it in San Francisco.”

“I learned that District 8 needs a supervisor who isn’t afraid to get their hands dirty, someone who’ll be out there in the neighborhoods doing the work,” he said, referring to his 2010 race.

Mandelman has served on the City College board for several years, including a stint as president. He’s been widely acknowledged for steering the 80-year-old institution through its recent accreditation crisis.

Mandelman said that his priorities as supervisor would be clearing encampments and getting mentally ill people off the streets and into care.

“For me, solving the homeless crisis in San Francisco is personal,” he stated.

Mandelman was 11 when his mother’s mental illness started her down a spiral that led to homelessness and repeated institutionalization. Mandelman became responsible for his own care and after college, fought to assume guardianship of his mother.

The Bay Area Reporter reached out to Sheehy for comment and will update this post when we hear back.

Sheehy, in a phone call Thursday afternoon, said he’s concentrating on the city’s next budget.

“I’m really focused on doing my job,” he said. “It’s budget season.”

Sheehy was in a budget committee meeting Thursday, where he said he wants to make sure backfills are added to things like HIV/AIDS services. (Sheehy is the first openly HIV-positive member of the board.)

And, Sheehy said, he wants to make sure there is funding for homeless services, especially for youth.

“The 2015 Point-in-Time count showed 1,600 homeless young people,” he said. “Forty-eight percent identified as LGBTQ and 13 percent identified as HIV-positive. I’m focused on getting resources for a comprehensive and compassionate response.”

— Cynthia Laird, @ 1:30 pm PST
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SF Pride to highlight immigration, civil rights

Maysam Sodagari

Maysam Sodagari

Organizers of San Francisco’s LGBT parade and celebration have announced that this year’s festivities will highlight immigration and civil rights.

Maysam Sodagari, a legal immigrant from Iran, will speak on the main stage at the “celebration/rally,” the Pride Committee said in an email Wednesday (April 18).

Sodagari, who has a PhD in chemical engineering, has been living in the U.S for nine years, Pride organizers said. U.S. Customs officials detained him during President Donald Trump’s executive order to prohibit people coming from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. That order and Trump’s subsequent Muslim ban were both blocked by judges.

This year’s celebration and parade, themed “A Celebration of Diversity,” are set for June 24-25.

In solidarity with the resistance movement that’s been building since Trump’s election in November, longtime gay activist Cleve Jones, 2017 grand marshal Alex U. Inn, and members of Pride board “will lead this year’s parade/march with a resistance contingent,” organizers said.

“This contingent will stand in defiance to the policies and actions of the current administration that threaten the most vulnerable members of our community and undermine the hard-fought victories we have secured in our fight for equal rights,” according to the release from Pride.

Pride board President Michelle Meow stated, “San Francisco Pride was born out of a protest in order to fight for LGBTQ liberation. The current actions to regress on the progress we’ve made in the last 47 years” since the city’s first Pride celebration “are a threat not only to our community, but also a threat to American democracy. We will show the world our unity, love, and resilience through the freedom of expression for which SF Pride has traditionally provided a platform. We are proud to stand in solidarity with all of our communities, whether it’s sending a message through a peaceful protest or celebrating our beautiful diversity. We will stand up for human rights and resist against any actions that threaten our existence.”

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— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 19, 2017 @ 2:45 pm PST
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Man attacked, robbed in Duboce Triangle

A 27-year-old man was attacked and robbed late Tuesday (April 17) in San Francisco’s Duboce Triangle neighborhood, police said.

The incident occurred at about 10:35 p.m. at Walter and 14th streets when one man approached the victim from behind and hit him with a bottle. He then demanded the victim’s property. A second man punched the victim, and the two suspects took the victim’s cellphone and got into a waiting vehicle, which fled east on Walter Street, according to police.

Descriptions of the suspects weren’t available. The victim was left with a non-life threatening injury.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 1:58 pm PST
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Armenian genocide film benefiting Elton John AIDS Foundation debuts

Oscar Isaac (Photo: The Wrap)

Oscar Isaac (Photo: The Wrap)

Bay Area Armenian-Americans are promoting the premiere of “The Promise,” the first-ever Hollywood film depicting the 1915 Armenian genocide. All proceeds from the film, which debuts this week, will be donated to the Elton John AIDS Foundation and other charities.

Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon star in the film, which was directed by “Hotel Rwanda” director Terry George and co-produced by San Mateo native Eric Esrailian.

Ara and Lori Jabagchourian, of San Mateo, are inviting some people to a screening of “The Promise” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 20 at San Mateo’s Cinemark 12 Movie Theatre, hoping “to share this important part of their heritage with their non-Armenian friends and colleagues,” Alex Bastian, a spokesman for the local Armenian-American community, said in a news release.

The 1915 genocide of 1.5 million Armenians was ordered by the Turkish government of the Ottoman Empire. Many of those killed were drowned, beaten, burned, or ordered on death marches. The Turkish government denies that the genocide even happened.

“The vast majority of Armenian-Americans are descendants of the few survivors of the genocide who were able to escape,” Bastian said.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, @ 1:27 pm PST
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Process to name a Harvey Milk SFO airport terminal begins Thursday

The international terminal at SFO, seen here lighted in the rainbow colors, could be named after gay icon Harvey Milk.

The international terminal at SFO, seen here lighted in the rainbow colors, could be named after gay icon Harvey Milk.

The long-delayed process to name a terminal at San Francisco’s airport after gay icon Harvey Milk is set to finally take off this week.

The Airport Facilities Naming Advisory Committee will hold its inaugural meeting this Thursday, April 20, at City Hall, the Bay Area Reporter has learned. It is tasked with recommending which of the four terminal’s at San Francisco International Airport should bear the name of Milk.

In 1977 he became the first gay person elected to office in San Francisco when he won a supervisor seat. A year later, Milk was assassinated inside City Hall, along with then-mayor George Moscone, by disgruntled former supervisor Dan White.

The naming committee has been stalled since it was first proposed in 2013 due to Mayor Ed Lee’s snail’s pace in naming his five appointees to the nine-member panel. As of Monday afternoon (April 17), the mayor’s office had yet to publicly disclose whom Lee had appointed to the body.

In response an emailed request for the names that the B.A.R. sent to Lee’s appointments secretary, Deputy Chief of Staff Francis Tsang, and San Francisco Airport Commission secretary Jean Caramatti, who is staffing the naming advisory panel, the five people include two gay appointees: Joe Goldman, who is the public affairs and civic engagement manager at the Jewish Community Relations Council, and Alfredo Pedroza, who is a senior vice president at Wells Fargo and the bank’s West Region director of local government relations.

The other three mayoral appointees are Jim Lazarus, the senior vice president for public policy at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce; Theresa Lee, formerly the deputy airport director for administration; and Renel Brooks Moon, the public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants.

According to an email the B.A.R. obtained that Caramatti sent to the panel members, who were blind copied on the email so their names were not known by the other members, Thursday’s meeting will begin with electing officers to chair the panel, discuss its role, and go over the airport’s existing naming policy.

The agenda also indicates the panel could have its discussion and make a “possible recommendation” to the Board of Supervisors, or it could set out the dates for holding subsequent meetings in order to complete its work.

In a phone interview this morning, retired airport director John L. Martin, who was confirmed by the supervisors at their April 4 meeting to be one of their appointees on the panel, told the B.A.R. that he doesn’t expect it will take more than three or four meetings for the committee to come up with its decision.

“I expect it won’t take long,” said Martin, a gay man who stepped down as SFO’s director last year after 35 years in the job.

In January of 2013 gay former District 9 Supervisor David Campos floated the idea to rename all of SFO after Milk. But the proposal was met with fierce resistance, even within the LGBT community, and did not have the required support at City Hall to move forward.

Months later Campos and Lee, as the B.A.R. was first to report, brokered a deal to merely name a terminal in honor of Milk and have the naming advisory committee help to select which one. The panel could choose to also put forward names to affix to the airport’s other three terminals.

It wasn’t until early 2014, however, that the supervisors had named all four of their appointees to the committee. They include Jon Ballesteros, a gay Latino who is vice president of public policy at San Francisco Travel, the city’s tourism bureau, and Maggie Weiland, deputy director of the Entertainment Commission and a volunteer with the Harvey Milk Foundation, co-founded by her mother, Anne Kronenberg, who was a campaign consultant and legislative aide for Milk.

Alex Walker, a gay man who now works for state Assemblyman Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), and Nick Smith, a gay man who formerly worked for KGO-TV ABC San Francisco as a reporter, were also named by the supervisors to the committee.

Because Smith now works in the Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area, according to his LinkedIn profile, he had to step down from the panel as only residents of San Francisco are allowed to be on it. Martin is his replacement.

“Clearly, the charge to name something for Harvey Milk is there, and if there will be other recommendations I couldn’t say,” said Martin. “I wouldn’t want to be ahead of the other committee members.”

The committee is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. Thursday in Room 421 at City Hall.

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 17, 2017 @ 2:21 pm PST
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EQCA early endorses gay Senator Lara’s 2018 bid for CA statewide post

State Senator Ricardo Lara

State Senator Ricardo Lara

Equality California today early endorsed a gay candidate’s 2018 bid to be California’s next insurance commissioner.

State Senator Ricardo Lara (D-Bell Gardens) officially launched his campaign in late March. Should he win the race, Lara would be the first LGBT person elected to statewide office in the Golden State.

In addition to Lara’s potential to break through an LGBT political glass ceiling in California, EQCA’s support is hardly a surprise since he serves on the board of directors of the Equality California Institute, the statewide LGBT advocacy group’s 501(c)(3) affiliated organization.

In a statement released this morning (Monday, April 17), EQCA noted the “historic” nature of Lara’s candidacy. Yet it added that was not its “primary” motivator for its early support, more than a year prior to the June 2018 primary election, where the top two candidates for state insurance commissioner, no matter their party affiliation, will advance to the November election.

“Instead, we’re enthusiastically endorsing Ricardo Lara’s campaign because he has been a fierce, loyal and dedicated leader within and on behalf of the LGBT community, working to tear down barriers and ensure equality for all,” stated EQCA Executive Director Rick Zbur. “In addition, part of his focus as a member of the legislature was to ensure that all Californians have access to affordable, high quality healthcare, and he has fought for healthcare coverage for some of the most vulnerable members of the community. He’s a tried and true progressive and represents the best choice for California insurance commissioner.”

With the insurance commissioner responsible for overseeing insurance companies in the state, Lara has made protecting Californians’ access to health care, particularly through Covered California under the Affordable Care Act, a top concern in his campaign.

As Lara, vice chair of the California Legislative LGBT Caucus, stated in announcing his bid last month, “If millions of Californians begin losing their health insurance because of actions taken by Donald Trump, I will be there to fight him tooth and nail at every pass.”

Also in March, Lara and lesbian state Senator Toni Atkins (D-San Diego) introduced the Californians for a Healthy California Act (Senate Bill 562) to create a universal health care system that would cover all 39 million Californians. Past efforts to establish such a system in the state have failed, and even with mounting public concern over GOP efforts to gut the federal Affordable Care Act, this year’s bill is sure to face strong opposition from insurance companies and others.

The issue presents Lara, who was re-elected in November to a final four-year term in the Senate, a platform not only to boost his name recognition statewide ahead of next year’s election but also to focus public attention on the often overlooked role of the insurance commissioner.

In announcing its endorsement, EQCA pointed to Lara being “a strong voice for the expansion of quality, affordable healthcare for all Californians” during his time in the state Legislature, in which he has served since winning a state Assembly seat in 2010. It noted that, in 2015, Lara won passage of his Health for All Kids Act, which expanded Medi-Cal to all California children under the age of 19 regardless of immigration status and has also advocated for insurance coverage for adult immigrants.

It remains to be seen if Lara will be challenged for the statewide position. After he announced his bid, Lara won the endorsement of former Assemblywoman Susan Bonilla of Concord who had pulled papers to run herself.

Both former Assemblyman Henry Perea (D) of Fresno, and Paul Song, a Santa Monica radiation oncologist and former leader of the California progressive group Courage Campaign, have pulled papers for the race.

— Matthew S. Bajko, @ 12:19 pm PST
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Dan Bernal appointed to SF Health Commission

Dan Bernal (Photo: Facebook)

Dan Bernal (Photo: Facebook)

San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has appointed gay politico Dan Bernal to the city’s Health Commission.

Bernal, longtime chief of staff in Democratic Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco office, is taking the seat formerly held by David Singer. His term is set to end January 15, 2019.

As someone who’s living with HIV, Bernal will be expected to have a strong voice on the seven-member health panel, which oversees the city’s public health department budget. He’ll join Cecilia Chung, a transgender woman who’s also living with HIV and has been on the commission since 2012.

In the April 4 letter to Board of Supervisors Clerk Angela Calvillo announcing Bernal’s appointment, Lee said he’s “confident” that Bernal “will serve our community well.” He added that Bernal’s qualifications “demonstrate how his appointment represents the communities of interest, neighborhoods, and diverse populations” of San Francisco.

Bernal didn’t respond to a request for comment late Friday afternoon (April 14).

After gay former District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener won his bid to become state senator in November, Bernal was a leading candidate to fill Wiener’s seat on the board. However, Bernal eventually said he and his husband, interior designer Dan Burns, had decided it was best that he remain a top aide to Pelosi.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, April 14, 2017 @ 6:23 pm PST
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Scandinavian eatery headed to northern edge of Castro district

A Scandinavian eatery has plans to open where the Little Hollywood Launderette is on upper Market Street in San Francisco's Castro district. Photo: Google Maps.

A Scandinavian eatery has plans to open where the Little Hollywood Launderette is on upper Market Street in San Francisco’s Castro district. Photo: Google Maps.

A Scandinavian eatery has filed plans with the city to open in a laundromat space on upper Market Street in San Francisco’s Castro district.

Called Kantine SF, the restaurant would replace the Little Hollywood Launderette at 1906 Market Street. Next door to the ground floor space in the Art Deco apartment building is the Orbit Room cocktail bar and pizza eatery.

Around the corner on Laguna Street is the new LGBT senior housing complex and the offices of LGBT senior services provider Openhouse where a café is slated to open in a space at the intersection of Laguna and Hermann streets. A block north on Market Street is the LGBT Community Center, which re-opened this week after an extensive renovation.

According to documents filed with the planning department, the new restaurant’s owners are Joachim Majholm, an investor who is the founder and CEO of Majholm Media Aps, and chef Nichole Accettola, who has been selling her Danish open-faced sandwiches – called smørrebrød – and sprouted rye bread at the weekly Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market. She has also been holding pop-up brunches and dinners in different locations.

Examples of Kantine's Danish open-faced sandwiches called smørrebrød.

Examples of Kantine’s Danish open-faced sandwiches called smørrebrød.

The menu for a recent pop-up dinner held in New York’s Hudson Valley included Scandinavian-style frittata with roasted mushrooms, cabbage and caraway; trout rillettes with pickled red onion on homemade sprouted rye bread; hay-smoked fresh cheese, roasted beets, sprouts and horseradish; and cardamom-spiced Swedish knots.

As for the brunch menus, Accettola explains in a post on the Kantine website that she takes inspiration from one of her favorite spots in Copenhagen, Denmark where its “fabulous brunch” consists of small plates, similar to a tapas menu.

“I adore that little-bit-of-this, little-bit-of-that way of eating, and it’s my source of inspiration for my Scandinavian brunch events,” states Accettola. “Some of the dishes will be savory, others will be sweet, and all are made in the spirit of my forthcoming restaurant Kantine: simple, chockfull of flavors, and made from the best local ingredients.”

Last October the San Francisco Chronicle’s Inside Scoop food column had reported that Accettola, who lived in Copenhagen for 15 years and was formerly the chef at Nopa, was in lease negotiations to open a breakfast and lunch restaurant. Kantine’s website says the restaurant doors are set “to open in Fall 2017.”

The restaurant owners filed their building permit request in early February and will need to secure a change in use for the location from a laundry to a food establishment. The remodel of the space is estimated to cost $150,000, according to planning, and will include demolition of the existing laundry facilities in order to install a kitchen, new restroom, and create a roughly 600 square foot dining room. Eating counters will front the Market Street windows.

The neon sign for the Laundromat would be removed, according to the plans, as would the awning over the entrance to the storefront. Berkeley-based architect Chris Sullivan is overseeing the renovation plans.

A call Thursday evening to the phone number for Kantine listed on the plans submitted to the city went directly to voicemail. The Bay Area Reporter will update this post when the restaurant owners respond.



— Matthew S. Bajko, April 13, 2017 @ 5:51 pm PST
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