Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 7 / 15 February 2018

News in brief: Mecca reopens Saturday


An artist's rendering of the renovated Mecca SF Restaurant, showing the new bar railing dividing the bar from the front dining section, the alabaster wall by the front door, new red wine velvet curtains and the new wood slats on the ceiling. Photo: etA Architecture.
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Mecca SF, the iconic restaurant that's described as the "birthplace of San Francisco's cocktail culture," will officially reopen Saturday, October 27 at 5 p.m. with a champagne toast. The reopening follows several months of renovation work after a fire closed its doors in June.

The public is invited to attend the grand reopening; the restaurant is located at 2029 Market Street.

"We're back!" co-owner Steve Weber said in a statement. "We want to thank the community for their patience as we repaired the damage and gave the restaurant a face lift. Mecca is ready to pick up where we left off as a special gathering place for all of San Francisco."

Highlights of the changes include a new 20-foot alabaster wall at the entrance that is backlit to cast a warm glow and capture the silhouettes of those walking alongside it; a new 15 foot wood and steel standing bar to expand the bar area and give diners in the front of the restaurant a more intimate experience; new chandeliers; new sound system; new upholstery and carpet in the lounge area with new tables and velvet pillows; and new circular booths on the back wall of the main dining room.

Executive chef Randy Lewis noted that the kitchen, where the fire broke out, also was renovated. He said the new equipment would "give us opportunities to expand the culinary experience."

Through a spokesman, Weber declined to provide a cost for the renovation and reconstruction work.

The reopening celebration will continue with special events through next week, including the return of Ladies Night with Betty Sullivan on Thursday, November 1. For more information on that event, visit

'Old Dyke' awards

The biennial Pat Bond Memorial "Old Dyke" Awards will be presented at a reception at the First Unitarian Church in Oakland Saturday, October 27 from 2 to 5 p.m. This year's recipients are B.J. Jarvis and Meg Bruynell, Susan Levinkind, Mary Midgett, Terry King, Joan Pinkvoss, and Polly Taylor.

Margie Adam and Melanie DeMore will provide entertainment. Organizers said that people are welcome to "come celebrate the nominees and awardees who have given of their lives, minds, and efforts to the empowerment, arts, music, political action, and leadership of lesbians in the steps of Pat Bond."

In the 1960s, Bond was a comedian and entertainer. Her sharp wit and forthright subjects, such as lesbianism, gave voice to the community that at the time was somewhat closeted. Bond died without the recognition of her major contributions to the community. The Old Dyke Awards celebrate those lesbians over 60 whose work has contributed significantly to the betterment of the community.

Tickets to the event are $10-$35, sliding scale; no one will be turned away. For more information, visit The church is located at 685 14th Street, near the 12th Street BART station.

Pet Pride Day

San Francisco Animal Care and Control will celebrate the city's four-legged residents at Pet Pride Day Sunday, October 28 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Golden Gate Park's Sharon Meadow. Presented by Pet Camp, events include a pet Halloween costume contest, pet trick contest, activities for kids, working animal demonstrations, and vendors. There will be a microchipping clinic, free for San Francisco dogs and cats, courtesy of ResQ Pet Tracking from Bayer. The event is free.

For more information, visit

AmFAR fall gala

The American Foundation for AIDS Research will hold its San Francisco fall gala Thursday, November 1 at the Four Seasons, 757 Market Street. The evening begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30. Tickets start at $350.

This year's honorees are Dr. Sandra Hernandez, the city's former health director and currently the CEO of the San Francisco Foundation; Lisa Sardegna, a philanthropist and member of the board of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco; and Timothy Wu, chief strategy officer for the Community Technology Foundation and the partner of former ambassador and amfAR board member James C. Hormel.

The evening will feature a silent auction, and a performance by the Alonzo King's Lines Ballet. The dinner is being held to recognize Bay Area residents who have made significant contributions in the fight against AIDS.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

CUAV trainings coming up

Community United Against Violence will hold trainings for volunteers for its crisis line, beginning next month. The agency is looking for LGBTQ people and their allies who are compassionate and willing to listen to others, and committed to ending racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other oppressions.

Dates for the fall trainings sessions are: Saturdays (November 3, 10, 17) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Sundays (November 4 and 11) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Sunday, November 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Organizers said that full attendance at all training days is required.

People of color, transgender people, women, and survivors of violence are strongly encouraged to volunteer. Stipends are offered for bilingual counselors.

For more information, including the training location, contact Oscar at (415) 777-5500, ext. 306 or e-mail

St. Aidan's to hold pet memorial service

St. Aidan's Episcopal Church will hold an interfaith pet memorial service Friday, November 2 at 7 p.m. at the church, 101 Gold Mine Drive in Diamond Heights in San Francisco. "Still in our Hearts: Remembering and Honoring Our Beloved Animal Companions" is the name of the service, which will be led by Betty Carmack, author of Grieving the Death of a Pet; Lois Roach, a pet loss counselor with the Association for Pet Loss and Bereavement; and the Reverend Diana Wheeler, spiritual director and Episcopal deacon.

Anyone who is grieving or has grieved the loss of a pet is welcome to attend. People are also free to bring a photo or memento to place on an altar that will be created, and children are welcome. Refreshments will be served after the service.

For more information, visit

UOR to 'Sparkle' at benefit

Under One Roof's annual "Sparkle" champagne and sparkling wine fundraiser takes place Friday, November 9, and discounted tickets can be purchased before October 31 for $150. After that, tickets may be purchased at the door for $175.

The event takes place at the St. Regis Hotel, 125 3rd Street in San Francisco. The special guest will be American Idol star Kimberly Locke, who will perform and receive an award for her outstanding service to the community impacted by HIV/AIDS.

Under One Roof's Castro store benefits 35 local AIDS service organizations. It recently presented $100,000 to its partner agencies.

Sparkle will feature tastings by top vintners from all over the world, including Veuve Clicquot, GH Mumm, Mumm Napa, Iron Horse Vineyards, and Langlois Chateau.

There will be a live and silent auction with items including: a Napa Valley villa stay for 10 with a private tasting, a ski trip for two at a U.S. resort with tickets from Frontier Airlines, a visit to Montreal with tickets from US Airways, a trip for two to Las Vegas with tickets from Southwest Airlines and Travelocity, iPhones, iPods, and more.

The night before Sparkle, on Thursday, November 8, a "winemaker dinner" will be held at Jardiniere restaurant, featuring California cuisine from one of the Bay Area's most noted chefs, Traci Des Jardin, as well as champagne from LVMH. Tickets for that event are $500 and can be purchased online at

For more information, visit or call the store at (415) 503-2300.

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