Castro District News

From Dancing Pig to Dante’s Table — a New Italian Restaurant Coming to the Castro!

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By Brittany Doohan


[Photo via the Castro Biscuit]

As you may know, the Castro District (and San Francisco) is always changing — especially at this particular location! What used to be Nirvana, an Asian fusion restaurant that closed in 2011, turned to Dancing Pig, which served BBQ with all the fixin’s, shortly after. Now, after just over a year, Dancing Pig is no more and Castro’s making way for a new restaurant to move into that space: Dante’s Table. (Basically, 544 Castro Street has gotten a lot of action.)

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LGBT Retirement Community Now In Development in California Wine Country

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By Kerry Hendrix

Fountaingrove Lodge, the nation’s first retirement community with the option of continuing care for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered (LGBT) community, is currently in development on a lush 10-acre property in beautiful Sonoma County. With activities and amenities to enhance wellness and contemporary living, Fountaingrove Lodge will provide an inviting, supportive, and active lifestyle in a setting of exceptional natural beauty, where a diverse group of LGBT seniors can live, relax, and enjoy a community of friends.

Residences at Fountaingorve Lodge will be comprised of 6 beautiful bungalows and 64 gorgeously-appointed apartment homes in nine different floor plans – ranging from 830 to 2,001 square feet – designed in the Craftman style of architecture, with the use of fine woodwork and stone inside and out that echo the native rocks and trees on the site.

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Mollie Stone's Grand Opening in the Castro

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Social Media Powers Launch: Customers Receive Real-Time Support on Twitter

Mollie Stone's Markets, the Bay Area's trusted provider of Necessity, Natural and Specialty Foods, is thrilled to announce a ribbon-cutting ceremony at its new Castro District location (4201 18th St. in San Francisco): Mollie Stones' 9th Bay Area store on March 9th at 9am. Labeled the "Best of Both Worlds," Mollie Stone's provides essential grocery items along with a wide array of specialty and natural foods. Mollie Stone's leads the way in social media: customers will receive real-time support and service from the @mollie_stones handle on Twitter.

David Bennett, Co-Owner. "The Castro Market is in one of the finest and most vibrant neighborhoods in California; we believe it will beautifully blend with our Mollie Stone's culture. We understand the passion and expectations in the neighborhood, and we will stop at nothing to provide an outstanding shopping experience. We look forward to developing strong, rewarding relationships with each and every customer!"

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Beck's Motor Lodge

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www.becksmotorlodge.com

2222 Market Street
San Francisco CA, 94114
Contact: Brittney Beck
415-621-8212

HISTORIC BECK'S MOTOR LODGE IS UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT
The Castro's Landmark Hotel Goes Back to Family Roots; Changes Imminent

San Francisco, CA, April 30, 2010 - Beck's Motor Lodge, a 58 room motel in the center of the Castro, is under new management as of May 1, 2010. Based in San Francisco, Generation Hotels is the new operating company. Generation Hotels' founder, Brittney Beck, is the granddaughter to Will Beck who originally built the hotel in 1958. The Beck's Motor Lodge is the only true hotel located within the Castro District.

"Running the hotel that my grandfather built is thrilling," said Brittney. "The Beck's Motor Lodge has always been a part of my life, and though I never had the opportunity to meet my grandfather, I know that he would be proud that we are keeping the motel in the family." Brittney went on to say, "I see many great opportunities with this property especially in such a vibrant and lively part of San Francisco. It's wonderful to be part of the Castro community."

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Folsom Street Fair

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www.folsomstreetevents.org/entertainment/
September 26, 2010
11:00am to 6:00 pm

Hey Castro District Community. No, you haven't died and gone to kink heaven, it's Folsom Street Fair®!

Folsom Street Fair® is like nothing in the world, a truly "only in Gay San Francisco" experience with 400,000 of your closest kinky friends spread out over 13 city blocks of adult entertainment!

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Good Vibrations

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www.GV-IXFF.org
September 18, 19, 21, 22 & 23, 2010

Good Vibrations Indie Erotic Film Festival (IXFF) is now in our 5th year of bringing hot, creative sexy films to the big screen and we anticipate over 5 days of programming culminating in the international short film competition at the historic Castro Theatre in San Francisco. What started out as a local festival for amateur filmmakers has evolved into celebration of erotic cinema by a broad array of skilled independent filmmakers from around the world. IXFF has grown dramatically each year, and this year we anticipate an even greater turnout of talent and coverage. Good Vibrations Independent Erotic Film Festival is the perfect opportunity to align yourself with this sexually sophisticated, culturally hip demographic, and Good Vibrations' tradition of education and community building. Welcome!

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Lazy Bear

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www.castrobear.com
August 22nd-30th

Lions, Tigers, and Bears...Lots of Bears

For 14 years, the biggest gay event on the Russian River has been the Lazy Bear weekend, which eventually expanded into Lazy Bear week. Lazy Bear organizer Harry Lit has decided to put the event on hiatus this year and instead two smaller events are planned. Part of the reason for taking the year off was so that he wouldn't compete with the Gay Games in Cologne, Germany. He also hopes to raise seed money for next year's Lazy Bear to make it better than ever.

This year Castrobear Presents will be assisting the town of Guerneville, CA on the Russian river with a 3 day SPLASH party Friday August 27th-Monday August 30th. The event will be centered around the pools at the river’s gay resorts to help the organizations Food For Thought, AIDS Emergency Fund-Sonoma, The Senior Center and the local Firehouse.

The LGBT community is getting together to ring out the summer one week before Labor Day weekend in our home away from home, Guerneville. The Triple R (Russian River Resort), The Woods and The Highland Resort are on board for pool parties with DJs Romann T, Rotten Robbie, James Torres, Jimmy Strano, Matt Effect, DJ Loon eTech and others. The legendary Rainbow Cattle Company will host three BIG night parties including Sunday FURRY Sunday.

The Guerneville area is sure to be alive and partying the last weekend of August. Just a short hour drive away from San Francisco, Guerneville is known as the “San Francisco of the Russian River”, so get out your sun gear and party hats and head on up to the river Splash 2010 to support some great organizations.

The Parker Guest House

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www.parkerguesthouse.com

520 Church Street @ 17th Street
San Francisco CA, 94114
(415) 621-3222

Pass on Through to the Parker Please

If you are visiting the Castro and looking for a charming bed and breakfast in the heart of our neighborhood, then we have the perfect recommendation. Beautifully restored architecture and a warm aesthetic that maintains the San Francisco charm (amongst a myriad of other amenities and offerings) makes the Parker Guest House the perfect place to stay when visiting the Castro.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable while being inviting and attentive, just the way I like it. The Parker has plenty of modern upgrades that make the guest house feel luxurious but not stuffy. If you're like me you want to experience the city in something other than a cookie cutter hotel. There is none of that here. At the Parker you feel instantly at home. There is a real feeling of luxury and comfort. In fact, I kept having the urge to take off my shoes and make myself at home in the shaded community garden, by the fireplace, and even in the parlor near the piano. It's just that inviting at the Parker.

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Chipotle Wants a Piece of the Castro District, But We're Playing Hard to Get

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By Brittany Doohan


[Photo: Grub Street / FHA Architects]

No matter how much love you have for Chipotle — it can be hard to justify big chain businesses setting up shop in our beloved Castro, San Francisco. The Castro District is proud of their local, small owned, unique businesses, so if Chipotle wants a piece of us, they’re going to have to work for it.

After Home restaurant closed in 2011 (due to bankruptcy from a sticky situation involving liquor licensing), controversy ensued when Grub Street announced that Chipotle inked a lease to move into Home’s former location at the intersection of Market, Church and 14th Streets.

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