Blue Bottle wheels deal out of Dolores Park

Relentless Dolores Park advocates drove Blue Bottle Coffee out of a contract to operate a slow-drip food cart on the overpopulated grassy knoll.

When the Recreation and Park Department made an agreement with the local coffee makers known for their inevitably long lines, surrounding business owners and park-goers were in cahoots about there not being enough outreach first.

The coffee cart was supposed to get to dripping this week, but park officials said the baristas backed out.

Blue Bottle backers maintained their composure with the support of several other long-time, local concessionaires, the complaints on the other side started getting vicious.

At the last Recreation and Park Commission meeting when they discussed where the cart would go, neighbors in opposition resorted to calling General Manager Phil Ginsburg names, and Commission President Mark Buelle suggested calling security.

They also threatened to boycott the stand, among other things.

Owner James Freeman told the commission, “I was the one that decided, me and my team, that it would be a great opportunity to make coffee in Dolores Park because we loved the park. We thought it was busy enough to be viable to set up a coffee business,” he said. “I also want to say there is commerce in the park right now. People sell things in the park every single day. It’s just not regulated commerce and none of the money really gets to The City or Park and Rec.”

Barista Michael Hamm, who was supposed to operate the cart said, “I’m sure we’ll be fine whether or not we’re in Dolores Park.’’

 
kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsNEPPoliticsUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have taken different approaches to transit and infrastructure funding. <ins>(Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)</ins>
Bay Area transit has big hopes for a Biden administration

The best chance for local agencies to get relief may be a change in federal leadership

BART Ambassadors are being called on to assist riders in social situations that don’t require police force. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
Unarmed BART ambassadors program formalized with a focus on community service

Public safety and police reform are key elements in campaigns of Board members Dufty and Simon

East Bay hills and Port of Oakland visible from Point San Bruno Park jetty. (Shutterstock)
East Bay agencies urge precautionary evacuations ahead of wind event

At least two East Bay jurisdictions suggested Sunday that residents in the… Continue reading

Nate Durand of Chug Pub created an election-themed cocktail which has several names: Biden Harris, Barris, Hiden, and/or Dem Juice. (Saul Sugarman/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Drink blue, no matter who

But bar parties aren’t planned for Election Day

Lee Vining and Inyo National Forest are excellent fall color tour destinations. (Matt Johanson/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Gold Rush: Go now to see Sierra fall color

Maples, oaks, dogwoods, aspens glow in the next few weeks

Most Read