San Francisco, CA— Five new vendors are set to join the Bayview Bistro
, an open-air food marketplace designed to empower restaurateurs and businesses in the Southeast Community. The initiative is supported by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
and its social impact partners.
“We are excited to launch the next phase of this great community partnership program,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “Through social impact programs like the Bayview Bistro, the SFPUC and its private partners can continue to support and enrich the great neighborhoods that we serve. We look forward to sharing more meals, move conversations and more great moments with our Bayview neighbors.”
Last week, the new food vendors were added into the rotation at the Bayview Bistro, which is located at 4101 3rd Street. In addition, the Bistro will feature new operating times, with the site open from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday. Funding for the Bayview Bistro is provided by the SFPUC’s private contracting partners and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development.
Joining the Bayview Bistro will be the following small businesses:
• Yo Soy Ceviche
: Founded in 2018 by owner Nory Michelle, the concept of the Yo Soy Ceviche brand is traditional Peruvian recipes with a fusion twist.
• The Vegan Hood Chefs
: Ronnishia Johnson and Rheema Calloway are The Vegan Hood Chefs. They specialize in turning soul food and American style favorites into delicious vegan meals
• Rome's Kitchen
: Roman Rodgers grew up in the Bayview and started his business this year. Rome’s Kitchen specializes in Italian style soul food.
• Ron's Pit Stop BBQ
: Ron Cain, resident of the Bayview, is the owner of Ron’s Pit Stop BBQ. He utilizes a food truck from Hunters Point’s Eclectic Cookery
, San Francisco’s first and largest commercial kitchen.
• Tacos Rodriguez
: Gerardo Rodriguez is the owner of Tacos Rodriguez and resident of Bayview Hunters Point. He specializes in Mexican food including tacos, burritos, and quesadillas.
The food vendors will join Big H BBQ, one of the three local businesses that took part in the first phase of the Bayview Bistro, which opened in July. The six vendors will split time at the location, with at least two businesses showcased for each day that the bistro is open. Since it opened, thousands of visitors have patronized the Bayview Bistro, purchasing more than 3,500 meals.
A schedule with details about the food vendors is available on the Bayview Bistro website
. The Bayview Bistro will be closed between November 28 – 30 for Thanksgiving. It will also close for the holidays on December 26, reopening on January 9, 2020.
Every vendor involved in the Bayview Bistro program either lives, owns a kitchen, utilizes a commercial space, possesses a cottage food license or maintains a brick and mortar presence in the Bayview-Hunters Points neighborhood. As part of their involvement, participants will receive tailored technical help which can include menu creation and pricing, assistance registering as a city-approved vendor, and development of a marketing plan.
The businesses will receive promotion and marketing support on the Bayview Bistro website, along with exposure on the initiative’s various social media platforms. Bayview Bistro will also provide shopping incentives for HOPE SF
residents and local workers.
The SFPUC is poised to start significant construction work in the Bayview community as part of its Sewer System Improvement Program, which includes a major rebuild of the agency’s Southeast Treatment Plant. SFPUC employees and contract workers involved in that project will be close to the Bayview Bistro, offering them convenient dining options during the workday.
The Bayview Bistro is part of the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership
Program, which invites private sector firm partners to give back locally to the communities in which they are performing work on behalf of the SFPUC. The SFPUC is the first public utility in the country to implement a social impact program that advances corporate social responsibility as a part of its competitive bidding process for professional services, alternative delivery and energy procurement contracts valued at $5 million or more.
Other examples of the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership program include the Maisin Scholar Award, which provides financial support for local youth to pursue higher education, a collaborative educational endeavor with John O’Connell High School and CityWorks, which offers paid internships for residents in the City’s Southeast communities.
On August 15, the SFPUC hosted grand celebration of the Bayview Bistro, alongside Mayor London Breed, District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton, SFPUC Commissioner and former District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and community leaders.
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents, and businesses. Our mission is to provide our customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.