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Starbucks Buys La Boulange: Some Other Suggested San Francisco Acquisitions

Starbucks Buys La Boulange: Some Other Suggested San Francisco Acquisitions

San Franciscans were agog the other day when news that local patisserie chain La Boulange had been purchased by Starbucks broke, to the tune of a remarkable $100 million. Sure, we love our artisanal brioche and chocolate-hazelnut croissants as much as the next person, but that's a serious chunk of change.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Anthony Swofford (Hotels, Hospitals, and Jails: A Memoir)

Wednesday, June 6, 7 pm, at Book Passage Corte Madera (51 Tamal Vista Blvd.)

Thursday, June 7, 7 pm, at Books Inc. Berkeley (1760 4th St.)

The Ultimate Guide to SF's Bottomless Brunches

The Ultimate Guide to SF's Bottomless Brunches

Whether you're recovering from a rough night out or looking to kickstart a day of revelry, a brunch-time dose of bottomless mimosas or bloody marys can sometimes be just the thing to get your weekend rolling in the right direction. Here are 15 of our favorite spots to indulge in a wide variety of cuisines, alongside a few morning drinks. 

1300 on Fillmore (Fillmore)

The cuisine: Hearty Southern dishes like fried chicken with whipped potatoes, shrimp and grits, a catfish po'boy, and a ribeye burger. Live gospel music is part of the fun. 

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Playland Opens: Polk Gulch's latest boozing spot is named for the much-lamented amusement park that once graced Ocean Beach, but the items on offer here are of a more adult variety. The cocktail list includes a cotton-candy cosmopolitan and a Moscow Mule-like drink known as the Russian Bear, as well as a solid lineup of draft beers. Happy hour runs from 4-7 pm, with $3 brews and $4 well cocktails, and a special rotating $3 drink is available every Monday after 9 pm. (Monday-Friday, 4 pm-2 am, Saturday-Sunday 2 pm-2 am; 1351 Polk St., Polk Gulch.)

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

This Side of Paradise: A Great Gatsby Garden Party

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Rumors Opens: Courthouse types and fans of the Folsom corridor will be glad to know that another bar has arrived in the area (in addition to recently opened Raven). Rumors, on the corner of 7th and Harrison, is ostensibly a sports bar, but the atmosphere is pretty rarefied, with red walls, Edison-bulb lamps, and a mirrored back bar. All the regular sports-bar pleasures are still available, though, including flat-screens, pub grub, pool, darts, and cocktails like the Desert Heat (tequila, cucumber, jalapeno, lime) and the 1820 (rye, maraschino, lemon juice, orange bitters). Their happy hour, from 4-8 pm, features $3 beers and $4 well drinks. (Daily, 10 a.m.-2 a.m., 398 7th St., SOMA).

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Paul Goldberger (Building Up and Tearing Down)

Tuesday, May 22, 8 pm, at the JCCSF (3200 California St.)

Goldberger (left), the Pulitzer-winning architecture critic for The New Yorker, will discuss a topic that's dear to San Franciscans' hearts: the Golden Gate Bridge, celebrating its 75th anniversary this month.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

Augusten Burroughs (This Is How: Proven Aid in Overcoming Shyness, Molestation, Fatness, Spinsterhood, Grief, Disease, Lushery, Decrepitude, and More)

Friday, May 18, 7:30 pm, at Books Inc. Castro (2275 Market St.)

Drink Here Now: 5 Places to Sip This Week

1. Heaven's Dog Launches New Cocktail Menu: Though it's the least touted member of Charles Phan's empire, Heaven's Dog (pictured at left) has a lot in common with its ultra-popular Valencia sister, Wo Hing General Store, including a nouvelle-Chinese menu and top-notch cocktails. To match Wo Hing pina-colada master Brooke Arthur, Heaven's Dog has brought on Rickhouse alum Trevor Easter, who's significantly altered Erik Adkins' original menu while maintaining a focus on drinks inspired by Charles Baker's 1939 Gentlemen's Companion.

Reading Roundup: This Week's Top Literary Events

Each week, we offer a roundup of the best literary events in the city. All events are free and open to the public, unless otherwise noted. Want to submit an upcoming event for consideration? Go here.

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