Checking in on Divis

Sam dreaming of what will be

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.




8 Responses to “Checking in on Divis”

  1. Geno says:

    I live just down the street. And I can’t tell you how excited we are that you are opening in our hood! Can’t wait to get some amazing produce, wine, and salted caramel ice cream!

  2. Lynda says:

    I live less than 2 blocks from your new location and, along with several of my neighbors, am looking forward to the too-often-postponed opening. But upon reading the blog and seeing the photos I can see why the delays. Thanks for the updated info. I am very excited about Bi-Rite being in the neighborhhood!!!

    • Shakirah Shakirah says:

      Hey Lynda! Yep, it’s been quite the learning experience for us. Your patience will pay off soon! Stay tuned for more photos and updates as we get closer.

  3. Ryan says:

    I live above what is supposed to be your storage area. The noise is obscenely loud and a constant annoyance to all of us that live here. Rarely is there a day where we can actually relax without noise in our own apartment. I’m hoping this delay until 2013 doesn’t mean the noise will continue until then. I understand any sort of construction isn’t going to be quite, but it would be nice to know that this will come to an end in a timely manner.

    • Kirsten says:

      Thanks a lot for reaching out, Ryan. We’ll follow up with you with an email, look forward to meeting you.

  4. Sannaliina says:

    As well as the others I’m really excited this new place you’re about to open soon. We actually moved a week ago from Finland and our new appartement will be right next to your new place at Divisadero. Do you know already when will you be opening the market?

    • Kirsten says:

      Great that you’re moving into the neighborhood along with us, Sannaliina! We’re targeting opening in March or April…see you soon!