The good news: Seattle’s Lighthouse Roasters is opening up a place in San Francisco. They make fantastic espresso drinks.
The bad news: their cafe will far away, in the Marina District.
The worse news: Canvas Gallery & Cafe is closing.
When I lived nearby, Canvas was a favorite hangout. Alas, they’ll close at the end of April.
It’s a unique space in San Francisco, big, bright and cheery, well-designed, on a busy corner across the street from Golden Gate Park. An ever-changing collection of local art covers the walls and hangs from the high ceilings. The space attracts an eclectic collection of students, artists, musicians and creative types; you can often overhear people brainstorming or collaborating on film and music projects here. They host lots of concerts and poetry readings and the monthly “Ask a Scientist” event. It’s one of those great urban spaces, a hothouse for local culture and community.
And now it will be replaced by a frigging seafood restaurant. Hey, better than a Starbuck’s.
Drop by and soak up Canvas while you still can.