Doctors’ Lounge: A Bar That’s Been the Excelsior’s Living Room Since 1951

Geff Bronson playing pool with the San Francisco Tavern Pool League at the Doctor's
Lounge as seated spectators watch. (Photo: Emma Chiang)

At 2:00 p.m. on a Sunday, brunch may have been winding down at the Doctor’s Lounge at 4826 Mission St. at Onondaga, but the lively crowd was still hanging out. Stevie Wonder played on the jukebox, Key and Peele capered on one of the two flat-screen TVs and customers sipped bottomless Bloody Marys and mimosas.

With its midcentury modern décor and loungey, inviting vibe, the Doctor’s aims to be more than just a dive bar. The concept, said co-owner Rochelle McCune, is “the Excelsior’s living room.” Continue Reading →

Mission Edge Café: A Lunch-and-Breakfast Outpost on the Daly City Border

Mission Edge

On the 5900 block of Mission Street, where San Francisco becomes San Mateo County, signs notify the change in jurisdiction, as do business names like County Line Cleaners laundromat, and now Mission Edge Café.

While seeming San Franciscan with its Four Barrel coffee, organic grass-fed hamburger and tasteful décor, it is actually located just over the border in the Daly City. Continue Reading →

OMI Resilient, an Emergency Plan for Neighborhood, in Development

Community members discuss disaster preparedness. (Photo: Will Carruthers)

Members of the Ocean View, Merced Heights, Ingleside Neighbors in Action and other neighborhood residents spent one evening in late September planning for natural disasters.

Earthquakes, tsunamis, El Niño flooding, and extreme heat were all mentioned as part of a disaster preparedness workshop put on by the Empower Communities Program, a project of San Francisco’s City Administrator’s Office. Continue Reading →

Will Hearing on Blighted Properties Bring Action on ‘Gambling Shack’ Issue?

Illustration by Neil Ballard

If you have been faithfully reading the Light over the last two or three months, dear reader, you know that I’ve been investigating a particular form of urban blight: small time organized crime.

In the past two years, ever since the legislature closed the legal loophole allowing internet cafes operate sweepstakes gaming were eradicated, old fashioned gambling shacks—storefronts where old school gambling, narcotics use, after hours drinking and prostitution occur—have returned or, in the least, become more brazen. It has been estimated there are between 12 and 20 gambling shacks operating in the area. Evidence points to two individuals running a half dozen or so each. Continue Reading →