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Cynthia | Jul 23, 200301:03 PM     1

In spite of cries of economic downturn, there's change on the horizon and rumors abound: Andre Larzul of Alamo Square Seafood Grill will open in what is now the Family Restaurant at 919 Divisadero. Family has lost the lease and closes the door on Monday July 28. The neighborhood regulars will miss May's quick smile and big heart—and those $5.25-5.75 belly-filling specials. Step aside for progress.
Sam Salfiti has restaurant plans for the space at 846 Divisadero between Fulton and McAllister.
The Justice League on Divisadero hopes to reopen this summer.
More to come: Storyville on Fulton near Masonic will morph into something like The Cellar on NobHill.
That's the nooz from the 'hood. Change happens.
Growth is good for the local economy. Long ago there was jazz on Divis, and now, it's health food stores. A revival of neighborhood eateries, like The Metro, changes the tone. We mix the old and the new and say farewell to the friends at Family who greet you by name when you walk in the door and "save" plates of the special of the day for you: short ribs, spareribs, oxtails, Chinese plates. Corn muffins. Red beans and rice. Mashed potatoes and gravy and canned corn downhome. French toast for breakfast. Grits. Kids come for burgers—the price is right. Take out fried rice and egg fu yung. Don't go for the food, go for the vibe. Sit at the counter and soak in the neighborhood. Watch everyone come in for the smile of the day. You can't pay for that. And, unless you sit and watch, you'd miss that play. It's not about the food.

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