Ragazza’s plans for outdoor seating

A note from our neighbors at Ragazza:

Dear Neighbor,
Ragazza has been serving up Neapolitan-style pizza, seasonal salads, antipasti and pasta with farm-fresh local ingredients and Italian-inspired beer and wine every night with love for four months now. We and the staff view a huge amount of our restaurant’s initial success to the warm, welcoming embrace of this neighborhood – thank you for your early support and enthusiasm!

And so we wanted to be the first to let our immediate neighbors know that Ragazza has applied with the San Francisco Planning Department for a conditional use permit to seat guests in our outdoor backyard patio, one of the few beautiful garden spaces in the area. Previous establishments at 311 Divisadero have served food and beverages without licenses, but Ragazza will only follow the formal, legal process.

A hearing will therefore be scheduled this spring. In advance, we wanted to send you some information about our plans for the outdoor operation, including our commitment to the neighborhood to limit hours, control noise, and maintain a clean environment. Please also see the enclosed background, as well as Ragazza’s pledges to you, our local and most loyal customers.

Please feel free to email us at info.ragazzasf@gmail.com if you have any questions or concerns about the outdoor operation. We want this expansion of our business to the beautiful garden space to be a real positive for our neighbors, the cornerstone of our business!

Thank you again for your support. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Best wishes,
Chef Sharon Ardiana
Laurie Aaronson
Managing Members of the Ragazza family

Ragazza’s Pledge to the Neighborhood

As a small business and neighborhood establishment that respects and relies on
local residents, we commit to:
1. Voluntarily limit the hours we serve outside.
2. Prohibit live, recorded, or any amplified sound in the outdoor area.
3. Only serve beer and wine, not hard alcohol, in a non-smoking environment.
4. Ensure that the outdoor garden is kept tidy, clean, and free of debris.
5. Post visible signs to remind patrons to be respectful of our neighbors.
6. Train staff to assist with noise abatement as part of their job duties.
7. Remove any patron who does not observe our outdoor garden seating rules.
8. Prioritize local hiring practices for both wait staff and kitchen jobs.
9. Routinely solicit input from our neighbors to sustain harmonious operations.

Questions and Answers on Ragazza’s Garden Patio
Didn’t prior restaurants located here serve food and drink outside?
Yes, but they were not legally licensed to do so. Ragazza wants to follow the rules and regulations of the city of San Francisco, so we have applied for the appropriate permits and licenses with both the Planning Department, as well as the Bureau of Alcohol Beverage Control.

Will you be serving late night in the garden?
No! Ragazza has opted to voluntarily restrict our outside operating hours for the garden, and we have indicated this on the permit application. Patrons and service items will be cleared from the garden by 10 pm (10:30 on Friday and Saturday).

The outdoor patio area shall be cleared of customers outside of these hours. Setup shall occur one half hour prior to the commencement of seating and cleanup and clearing of tables shall be completed within the hours noted above.

Will you be serving hard alcohol in the garden?
No. Our license is for beer and wine only. We are not licensed to serve hard alcohol or liquor at any time, and will not pursue such a permit. Additionally, our garden will be non-smoking.

How will the restaurant and neighborhood benefit with this addition of garden seating?
1. The garden will provide a beautiful al fresco dining area, which is a rarity in the neighborhood.
2. The addition of roughly 20 seats, equivalent to what previous restaurants utilized in the space outside, will alleviate frustrating wait times at peak dinner hours for neighborhood diners.
3. Once approved we also plan to expand by serving brunch in the garden on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm.
3. New business will allow us to create more local jobs, as we hire a significant number of neighborhood residents.
4. Additional revenue generates tax revenue for the city, in terms of sales tax and the local San Francisco payroll.

Additional questions? E-mail info.ragazzasf@gmail.com.

Cafe Divis & Vinyl

From our friends at SF EATER
Vinyl To Bring Food Trucks, Wine On-Tap and More to Divis
Tuesday, February 15, 2011, by Carolyn Alburger

It’s time for a status update on Vinyl, the new wine bar from Kris Esqueda and Mark Bright that pops-up nightly at Cafe Divis. Esqueda tells Eater that February has been a sort of soft-launch period for the bar, and there’s lots coming up in March. For now, Casey’s Pizza is regularly hosting pizza nights on Wednesdays starting at 6:30 p.m. with four different pies and a Central Coast sangiovese pairing available for $7/glass all night…
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Feb 11 – Live at Cyprian’s Kick-off!

Friday, February 11 · 8:00pm – 11:00pm

Location: Cyprian’s at Night (St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church)
2097 Turk at Lyon (in the North Panhandle)
San Francisco, CA

Kick-off celebration for the arrival of SF Live Arts to the North Panhandle after 30 years of performing in Noe Valley. Bluegrass bands, teardown stomping, old-time music like never before in the neighborhood.

More info about bands and tickets: liveatcyprians.blogspot.com and noevalleymusicseries.com
More festival bands at Cyprian’s on Sat. Feb 12 and Fri. Feb 18

SF NERT Classes nearby

http://www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?page=859

NERT is a free training program for individuals, neighborhood groups and community-based organizations in San Francisco. Through this program, individuals will learn the basics of personal preparedness and prevention. The training also includes hands-on disaster skills that will help individuals respond to a personal emergency as well as act as members of a neighborhood response team.

SFNERT trainings in the ASNA area:

North of Panhandle/Lone Mountain
USF Campus, use main entrance on Golden Gate Ave
McLaren Conference Center, room 250

Two Day Intensive!

Saturdays 8:30am-5:30pm
Class sessions 1, 2, and 3: February 12
Class sessions 4, 5, and 6: February 26
http://www.sf-fire.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=1810

or

Pacific Heights
2750 Jackson Street @ Scott
Town School for Boys

Wednesday evenings 6:00pm-9:00pm
Class session 1: March 9
Class session 2: March 16
Class session 3: March 23
Class session 4: March 30
Class session 5: April 6
Class session 6: April 13

http://www.sf-fire.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=1954

To Enroll – Call 970-2024 or go to the class registration website http://www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?page=865 and provide Name, Phone Number, Location and Start Date of Class

Live Music on Tuesday 2/8/2011 at Waziema

Tuesday, Feburary 8, 2011
LiveMusic Announcement! 2/8/2011 Quinn de Veaux, Jimbo Trout, Jon Rubin

Location Club Waziema, 543 Divisadero between Fell and Hayes

If you’ve seen Quinn de Veaux and the Blue Beat Review you know they can bring a house down with their blistering soul rythym and blues. Catch Quinn de Veaux for a stripped down set, those rich vocals and guitar always keep the crowd stompin’ and wanting more. Jimbo Trout brings in his bluegrass, ragtime, americana style, catch this special appearance by Jimbo at Waziema! Jon Rubin opens, combining traditional forms — blues, folk, celtic – with a pinch of classical, jazz, and bluegrass to kick off the night! See “More Events” in the sidebar for more info.

Quinn de Veaux:
http://quinndeveaux.com
http://www.myspace.com/quinndeveaux

Jimbo Trout:
http://www.jimbotrout.com/
http://www.myspace.com/jimbotrout

Jon Rubin: http://www.jr-guitar.com/

Valentine’s Trunk Show at Apollo Coffee

Hope to see you at Saturday’s Park Greening Day! Here’s a great neighborhood event you can go to right after!

Saturday, February 5, 2011
2pm – 6pm

Come to a 3-Way Valentine’s Day Trunk Show at Apollo Coffee on Saturday, February 5th 2pm-6pm. 3 friends of amazing talent will feature deliciously tasteful giftables, that drive women wild, such as jewelry and accessories, luxurious lotions and spa products, kitschy belt buckles and chocolates.

JCJ Presents: Laurie Kanes of 12 Small Things, Kyra Brown of Booty Boutique, and Dan Olson of Amazonia Vivia
What: 3-Way Valentine’s Day Trunk Show
Where: Apollo Coffee, 1064 Divisadero at Turk
When: Saturday, February 5th. 2pm – 6pm
Why: All the beauty of Valentine’s Day gifting, with a conscience

http://www.12smallthings.com
http://www.bootyboutique.com
http://www.amazoniaviva.com