Last week, Mayor London N. Breed, Supervisor Shamann Walton, the SFPUC, and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) celebrated the grand opening of the Bayview Bistro, an open-air marketplace hosting local food vendors that is part of an initiative to empower restaurateurs and businesses in the Southeast Community.
Supported by the SFPUC, its social impact partners and OEWD, the Bayview Bistro was created in collaboration with the community to encourage local workers, residents and visitors to patronize neighborhood-owned businesses. 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.
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.
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.
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.