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SFPUC and Partners Celebrate Launch of Bayview Bistro Marketplace
Initiative to Empower and Support Local Food Vendors Kicks Off Today at Third Street Location in the Bayview
Posted Date: 7/10/2019 10:30 AM
San Francisco, CA— The Bayview Bistro, an open-air marketplace hosting local food vendors, will open today as part of an initiative to empower restaurateurs and businesses in the Southeast Community.

Soul Bowl’z, a food truck offering traditional Southern cuisine with a Latin twist, and Big H BBQ, a pop-up with a menu featuring ribs, chicken sandwiches and baked beans, will take part in the first round of food vendors at the Bayview Bistro site, located on a formerly vacant lot at 4101 Third Street. 

The Bayview Bistro, supported by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), its social impact partners, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) was created in collaboration with the community to encourage local workers, residents and visitors to patronize neighborhood-owned businesses. 

“For the Bayview to thrive, the City government must have a presence that goes beyond having a few offices and facilities in the neighborhood,” said Mayor London N. Breed. “Our employees and contract partners should be part of the community, and that means supporting neighborhood businesses and eating at local establishments. The Bayview Bistro will be an opportunity for our residents and our employees to come together to be one community and experience great food.”

The marketplace will be open from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. It will also be open on the last Friday of the month as part of a special Community Night from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. The site will feature a regular rotation of food entrepreneurs who live or work in Bayview-Hunters Point. The site has been enhanced with bleacher style seating, local art, and a former shipping container that features a colorful mural.

“When we became the first utility in the nation to establish a Community Benefits program, this is the kind of initiative we had in mind,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “Our mission goes beyond just delivering water, power and wastewater services. It is about improving and connecting the lives of our residents.” 

On August 15, the SFPUC will host a grand celebration of the Bayview Bistro, alongside Mayor Breed, District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton, SFPUC Commissioner and former District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell and community leaders.

Event details are below:

What: Bayview Bistro Grand Opening 
When: 11:30 a.m., Thursday, August 15
Where: 4101 Third Street, San Francisco

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 technical help regarding menu creation and pricing, assistance registering as a city-approved vendor, and workshop opportunities from the Department of Public Health on compliance issues.

“We are continuing to work to ensure that the 3rd Street corridor is active and rich with quality goods and services for everyone to enjoy,” said District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton. “It is always great to bring in businesses that will provide the community with much needed options and stabilize an area where we need more life. The Bayview Bistro will be a place where people can gather, get nourished and enjoy the vibrancy of the neighborhood. I look forward to the connections and collectiveness that the Bistro will bring to many of us who know a vibrant 3rd Street, is a vibrant Bayview. I want to thank the SFPUC’s Social Impact Partnership Program for continuing to support the needs in our community. This is only the beginning.”

The businesses will receive promotion and marketing support on the Bayview Bistro website, along with exposure on the initiative’s various social media platforms. In addition to touting the Bayview Bistro entrepreneurs, the website will also highlight local businesses situated along the Third Street corridor and provide shopping incentives for HOPE SF residents and local workers.

“Venues such as the Bayview Bistro provide a great opportunity to build community,” said SFPUC Commissioner and former District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell. “We will have neighbors meeting neighbors, talking, laughing and having a good time while supporting local businesses. This is truly a win-win for the Bayview and the City.”

“The Bayview Bistro is an exciting public private-partnership that will open new avenues for Bayview entrepreneurs and small businesses to celebrate and preserve the local food culture with Bayview residents,” said Joaquín Torres, Director of the Office of Economic and Workforce Development. “The Bayview Bistro is a great example of our larger strategy to activate underutilized space citywide, empower our small businesses and ensure that every San Franciscan has easy access to a vibrant merchant corridor.”

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 in close proximity 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.  

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. 
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