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The Mill: Warming up Divis for Us!

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Josey was workin hard (or hardly workin?) when I visited on Saturday

Sure we’ve been talking about our new Market on Divisadero a lot lately…but the favorite Divisadero-related topic in our staff break room might actually be the one a couple blocks up the street from us: the opening of The Mill! The Mill is a bakery and café collaboration between Jeremy of Four Barrel Coffee and Josey Baker, a bread baking, bicycle delivering, Vermont-repping guy who’s now operating San Francisco’s only flour mill in the space.

I’m proud to say our grocery team was hip to the goodness of Josey’s bread early on–they brought his loafs on to our shelves two years ago, and since he’s garnered quite a following.

Faun, our deli manager at Divis, might win the prize for biggest Mill fan so far. Get a load of all of the different toasts and brews she’s tasted so far:

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Love how open the space is–we’re able to watch Josey bake every loaf!

“During the first week of the Mill being open, I’d already been there four times.  On Wednesday, I had a macchiato and some thickly cut Josey Baker whole wheat bread toasted and slathered with almond butter and honey.  It was perfect after my workout in Golden Gate Park. Saturday, we bought a partial loaf to have with eggs and bacon at home for breakfast. We toasted it and spooned my friend Laura’s homemade blackberry jam. Monday, I introduced a friend visiting from out of town – where else can you order toast with cinnamon sugar and butter with expertly made coffee?  And today I went back to pick up some more Four Barrel beans to grind and brew at home. Living around the corner, in Lower Haight, it’s a nice addition to the neighborhood.”

For the full scoop on the Mill and all the deliciousness contained within it, check out this Bold Italic article. We’re just thankful to have such a killer place for toast and coffee to fuel us once we open on March 13th!


DIY: Contest for Bi-Rite Divisadero Special Sandwich & Sundae!

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We’re opening our doors at 550 Divisadero in mid-March, and we’d love your help with the menu. So put on your chef’s hat and ponder this:

If Bi-Rite Divis were a sandwich, what would it look like? What would it taste like?

What about if it were an ice cream sundae? Would it be gooey? Salty? Spicy?

We’re asking you, our talented and vocal creative community, to help us create a special sandwich and sundae that will only be available at Bi-Rite Divis. We’re looking for a new frontier in deli and Creamery tastiness. No idea is too crazy, far flung or niche… think big, think small, think about what makes the Western Addition neighborhood tick!

Just make sure it’s finger lickin’ good.

Email us to submit your idea (each sundae or sandwich idea must include a menu name as well as the ingredients/components) for either a sandwich or sundae (or both!) by Friday, February 22, and we promise to salivate over every last entry until we select the winners. In addition to bragging rights, the two winners will receive a free festival pass ($95 value) to our first ever San Francisco Food & Farm Film Festival at the Roxie Theater, including the opening night bash at Four Barrel coffee. And of course, the free sandwich or sundae of their creation on opening day :-)

So what do YOU want to be eating in March??


Patrick

We’re Hiring for Bi-Rite Divisadero!

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Join us!

It’s a big day here, as we’re officially hiring for Bi-Rite Market Divisadero, Bi-Rite Market 18th Street and Bi-Rite Creamery! Please take a moment to read a bit about what we’re looking for–information about how to apply is at the bottom of this posting.

Why do I want to work for Bi-Rite?

We’re opening a second Market in San Francisco at the corner of Divisadero and Hayes, and we need passionate, hardworking, detail-oriented individuals who love food and feeding others. Both of our Markets (and our Creamery) are looking to fill a variety of positions including butchers, cooks, deli servers, grocery stockers and more.

Bi-Rite is a learning community, with endless opportunity for on-the-job training and education about food and service. Our unique staff culture and generous benefits package sets us apart from other food businesses. We offer a 20% discount on purchases throughout the store, a medical and dental plan after 90 days, a meal with your shift, a 401K retirement plan after one year of employment, access to 18 Reasons classes and the opportunity for career advancement.

Just like Bi-Rite Market on 18th Street, which has been in the Mogannam family for 50 years, Bi-Rite Divisadero will serve its neighborhood and evolve over time to develop its own identity. We’re looking to hire a staff that wants to invest in building relationships in our new neighborhood. This is a great opportunity for anyone who loves a once in a lifetime challenge.

What’s Bi-Rite Market Divisadero going to be like? When is it opening?

Like Bi-Rite Market 18th Street, Bi-Rite Market Divisadero will be a one-stop-shop neighborhood market with a full selection of farm-direct produce, groceries, fresh meat & fish, prepared foods, a full-service butcher and deli counter, wine and spirits, a health and beauty section and more. It’s slightly bigger than 18th Street, allowing for the addition of an ice cream shop inside the Market as well as a full-service cheese counter.  The new market is scheduled to open in early March 2013.

What positions are available?

We are looking for cashiers, ice cream scoopers, deli servers, service butchers, cooks, produce and grocery stockers, supervisors and a visual merchandising assistant. Please visit www.biritemarket.com/contact-us/ for an up-to-date list. We will have many open positions at both market locations, as well as the Creamery, to accommodate this exciting expansion.

When will I start?

It depends on the position. Most staff will start working at Divisadero two weeks before the store opens. Divisadero is scheduled to open around the first week of March.

Will I be able to advance from one position to another?

Absolutely.

I’m interested, how do I apply?

To apply, please visit proven.com, and search for Bi-Rite Market to find the available positions, and upload a cover letter and resume.

Details for downloading Proven’s mobile app for the iphone or android are here.

 


Support Bi-Rite Divis: Thursday July 26th at City Hall

GOOD NEWS: We’ve been assigned a date from the SF Planning Department for our conditional use hearing before the SF Planning Commission for the new Bi-Rite on Divisadero. The date is Thursday, July 26th, room 400 at City Hall: 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, at 12 noon.  We’d love your support at City Hall that day if at all possible; if you follow us on facebook and twitter, we’ll be sending updates once the agenda is posted about what time exactly our project will be discussed.

Having a group of neighbors and friends present and willing to share their support will help our efforts to get approval for our project so we can open as quickly as possible. If you can’t be there in person on July 26th, please consider sending a letter of support to the commissioners so we can include your voice. Please copy us on any correspondence if you can.

If you have any questions or concerns about the project, we would love to hear from you in advance of the hearing. We will be sharing our building plans for the new store at two upcoming neighborhood association meetings. You can catch us at the North of the Panhandle Neighborhood Association meeting at Café Oasis on July 19th at 7pm, and at the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association meeting at Chateau Tivoli on July 23rd at 7:00pm. Calvin and I (co-partners of Bi-Rite Divisadero) will be on hand to answer any questions you have.

Want us to present at another community meeting that we might not know about? Can’t make it to the meetings but have some thoughts to share? Let us know.

We’ve received a lot of questions and feedback from our fellow neighbors, business owners, non-profits, and community leaders about our opening – please, keep it coming. Your insights and suggestions are always welcome.

We’re especially looking forward to growing our community of staff, guests, and producers. We are excited to serve a new neighborhood and to growing our staff as we hire 50 new people (hopefully many that live close to the new store!). And with two stores, our producers—the farmers, ranchers, bakers and food artisans we support and whose products feed all of us—will have another market to sell their goods, which will help them to grow and sustain their businesses.

We hope to see you at the hearing on July 26th! And if not, see you in the neighborhood.

Scott on our produce team drew this--our new store is the "gift"!


Shakirah

Checking in on Divis

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Holy cr*p!  It’s already been a year since we signed our lease on Divisadero at Hayes.  We haven’t thought that seemingly endless discussions about refrigerated cases were very newsworthy, but with construction  ramping up, we want to share some news and picture with you.  We’re almost finished with the seismic upgrade and re-framing of the building!

The Divisadero market has been a challenging endeavor, not just because of the construction complexity and breadth, but because it involves a new community. Some of the questions we’re asking ourselves include: What does it mean to become a part of an existing community?  Who lives and works in this community? What do community members want (and not want) to see in their neighborhood? We do not have the answers to all of these questions nor do we presume that we will in the days leading up to our opening.  However, we want to find out. We’re listening. We’re reading. We envision Bi-Rite on Divisadero as a true neighborhood market: a reflection of the surrounding area and of the tastes, flavor and flair that take shape along the Divisadero corridor.

The view from the storage mezzanine

We don’t seek to supplant, but to support and sustain. We’ve begun the process of learning from our new neighbors, opening our ears to a neighborhood that has clear, diverse and defined voices. As part of the learning and listening process, we’ve met with a lot of amazing people  — business groups, neighborhood associations, city leaders, churches, schools—all of whom are committed to making the Western Addition a great place to live, work and play.

We’re not done, nor will we ever be done. Clearly, the Western Addition has seen tremendous physical and cultural change over the past 15 years. We believe that there is a way to impact a neighborhood landscape that is thoughtful, respectful and yields more positive change than negative. Plainly put: it’s a process.  We’re looking forward to the dialogue that should (and will) accompany our opening in the Western Addition, and  how Bi-Rite Divis will evolve as we build more relationships and continue having conversations with our new neighbors.

And speaking of our opening, yep, we know. It’s been slow. The question still remains:

“When will Bi-Rite on Divisadero open?”  Right now, it’s looking like the early part of 2013.  We still need a conditional use permit for a rooftop mechanical room and to connect the adjacent storage space. Our conditional use hearing before the SF Planning Commission should happen in mid to late July. Once a date is scheduled, we’ll let you know so you can hopefully attend the public hearing and show your support.  We know we’ve pushed the date back a few times–just want to make sure we’ll be ready to serve the neighborhood when we open!

Thank you for your support and patience! We look forward hearing from you—shoot us an email here. And if you’re interested in updates on Divisadero in the coming months, sign up for our email list here.