Tag Archive 'conceptual_art_cafes'

Trip Report: Grand Prix

Posted by TheShot on 14 Mar 2011 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Local Brew

Three years ago we identified something we called the low budget, ghetto chic conceptual art cafe — the said concept being consumers having to pay for full-priced espresso with the hipster privileges of having zero amenities. Last year some ad wizard decided these borderline coffee favelas should be called “coffee pop ups” (also formerly known […]

Coffee is entertainment, but good coffee needs “soul”

Posted by TheShot on 24 Aug 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Starbucks

Please repeat after me: “Food and drink is entertainment.” What do I mean by that? Public tastes in entertainment change. We no longer attend social dances or go to the circus. In fact, if someone probably heard their neighbors were doing that, they would hide any of their small children. And instead of seeing the […]

Trip Report: Vega at Langton

Posted by TheShot on 29 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

This is the flagship kiosk of a series of hole-in-the-wall cafés named after Lambretta scooter models (the others being Cento and Special Xtra). There’s even a yellow Lambretta in back with the Cafe Lambretta logo written across its windscreen — a remnant from the owners’ first, and now defunct, café foray. There’s even a Cento […]

Trip Report: Special Xtra

Posted by TheShot on 08 Mar 2010 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew

This is one of the latest in a chain of hole-in-the-wall coffee kiosks from locals Kirk Harper and John Quintos. After Kirk and John got out of operating the defunct 330 Ritch Street nightclub after many years, they took their obsession with Lambretta motor scooters and opened Cafe Lambretta in Nob Hill a few years […]

Trip Report: Cento

Posted by TheShot on 08 Jun 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Local Brew

This dive with barely a service opening sits at the end of an old brick building — still labelled as “Uncle Vito’s Pizzeria” in signage and its black awning. Opening just last month, “Cento” stands for “100″ in Italian — which looks like about the monthly rent that owner John Quintos must be paying for […]

Trip Report: Four Barrel Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 21 May 2008 | Filed under: Café Society, Local Brew, Machine

Jeremy Tooker, co-founder of Ritual Roasters, had a bit of a falling out with Ritual’s co-owner, Eileen, and he’s pursued his own vision of a quality coffee business in Four Barrel Coffee: no Wi-Fi, no squatting start-ups that can’t pony up rent, just no-frills retail coffee plus a roasting and distribution operation. We admire the […]