Alfred’s Steakhouse Reopens with Revamped Menu

Last week, reported that a few months after a basement fire forced San Francisco’s iconic Alfred’s Steakhouse to close for a brief remodel, the 90-year-old institution, with its red leather seats and white table cloths, reopened to the public.

According to the report, at the core of the revamp, led by Daniel Patterson’s Alta Group, is an expanded menu with a starters and bar bites section that includes tater tots with smoked trout roe ($18), a riff on celery victor ($11), and fried shishito peppers ($10), among other things.

“We feel like every night at the restaurant should be a celebration, which is really what a steakhouse is all about,” Patterson said. “The changes we made to the food and drink menus were intended to reflect that spirit of fun and spontaneity.”

As before the fire, Patterson and his team want to keep the iconic elements of the space while moving the food forward into the more modern era.

This all sounds great to us!

Alfred’s, 659 Merchant, 415.781.7058

Free Opera at AT&T Park this Friday

This really is a unique way to experience opera, and AT&T Park, at the same time.

San Francisco Opera and the San Francisco Giants invite you to Opera at the Ballpark. It’s a free live simulcast of Mozart’s Don Giovanni, and it takes place this Friday, June 30, at 7:30 PM. The performance will be simulcast live from the War Memorial Opera House.

It’s your chance to join 30,000 fellow attendees for an unforgettable evening of opera – and garlic fries – under the stars. You can choose between sitting on the field or in the stands. But to better ensure you’re choice of seating, you should register now for early entry starting 5 PM.

This is quite literally an “only-in-San-Francisco” kind of event.

Weekend Events and the Weekly Real Estate Update

SF Pride takes place this Saturday and Sunday, and that’s this weekend’s big event. It includes speakers, exhibits, performers, parties, and of course, the parade. But there are other things going on in the City as well, including a celebration of San Francisco’s 241st birthday in the Presidio on Saturday, and the Stern Grove Festival’s 80th Season Opening Day featuring Kool and the Gang on Sunday.

On the “Homes for Sale in San Francisco” front, here’s our report for this week, 6/18/17 – 6/24/17

According to, while sales activity for new condos in San Francisco doubled from April to May as you would expect during the spring sales uptick, the number of purchase contracts signed last month (73) was 36 percent lower on a year-over-year basis.

What’s more, the volume of new contract signings over the past twelve months remains 19 percent lower than the twelve months before.

Along with this slowdown in sales, there’s been a slowdown in the delivery of major new projects. The inventory of new construction condos available to purchase in San Francisco (877) is now running 29 percent lower on a year-over-year basis, the first year-over-year decline in a year. More units will come to market in the near future, but this slowdown in sales may impact the pace of future development.

Meanwhile, single family homes are selling at a fast and furious pace, as you will see in our upcoming quarterly report.

Ships Buried Beneath the City of San Francisco

There are ships from the gold rush buried in the land beneath portions of downtown San Francisco. The area was once a shallow body of water called Yerba Buena Cove. The shoreline at that time was well to the west of its present location. Everything east of The Transamerica Pyramid would have been underwater.

Many of the streets we know today were once long wharves that extended into the bay. Over the years abandoned boats along these wharves deteriorated and sank, or were intentionally scuttled in order to claim the land that eventually covered them.

It’s hard to visualize all of this. Until now. National Geographic just published a wonderful piece that includes a map of the area. It traces the old shoreline, and pinpoints where the sunken ships are located. The story is fascinating, and the map and photos from the period are simply captivating. To see the entire feature, click here.

47th Annual San Francisco Pride Celebration

This weekend, it’s all about pride. With over 200 parade contingents and exhibitors, and more than twenty community-run stages and venues, the San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade is the largest gathering of the LGBT community and allies in the nation.

Celebrations begin on Saturday in Civic Center Plaza. The Parade, which takes place Sunday morning, kicks off from Beale Street along Market and ends at Market and 8th St. in the heart of downtown San Francisco.

SF Pride includes two days of inspirational speakers and performers. The line up features Betty Who, Cazwell, Madame Gandhi, Kimberly Alvarenga, Dru Project, Maysam Sodagari, and more.

It will likely be cooler this weekend, but still nice, and that should make for perfect conditions. For complete details on the celebration and parade, visit

Celebration and Rally
Sat, June 24, 12:00 Noon to 6:00 PM
Sun, June 25, 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Civic Center Plaza

Is This the Best Sandwich in San Francisco?

Peter Lawrence Kane with SFWeekly thinks Glena’s chicken torta might be the best sandwich in San Francisco. He describes it this way:

“This torta contains lightly fried chicken on a toasted French roll (like a fat baguette), with lettuce, avocado, cotija, onions, and black beans. The Cal-Mex flavor is strong, the crunch is satisfying without being overwhelming, and even though this is the species of sandwich for which dryness is a genuine risk, the entire shebang manages to be moist — and without tipping into gloppiness. Its vertical structure stays intact to the last bite, and everything is in the right proportion. Simply put, it’s a perfectly constructed sandwich.”

Keep in mind Glena’s isn’t just a sandwich spot — it’s a full Mexican restaurant. Located in Dogpatch, this is a place you’re going to want to visit soon!

632 20th Street

Hot Enough for You?

After the winter we had, it’s kind of nice to welcome a heat wave. On the other hand, it’s just so darn hot!

San Francisco hit 88 degrees yesterday, beating the record set in 1993 for June 18.  Today’s historic high is 92 degrees, and we’re not likely to reach that. But the heat will stay with us through Thursday. By Friday, the high pressure system lingering overhead will move toward the east, allowing cooler weather to work its way back in.

So you might as well make the most of this really warm weather while it lasts!