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Architect’s Dream: Golden Gate Valley Branch Library Reopens

The Golden Gate Valley Branch Library used to be fluorescently lit, faded, worn, and dingy. But on Saturday, after two years of restoration, the Beaux-Arts building reopened with a more modern look, new computers and chairs, and Chinese dancers welcoming back patrons. SF architects Bobbie Fisch of Tom Eliot Fisch Architects and Paulett Taggart of Paulett Taggart Architects. Together they designed a new addition and oversaw the rehabilitation of the branch. “We wanted it to be a good intervention but to not really show,” says Fisch.

Week in Food: Gabrielle Hamilton Talks Blood, Bones, and Butter (and more)

Today, October 19

Word on the street is that the highly-anticipated Hayes Valley Biergarten is open for business today. Yippee! As expected from the purveyors at Suppenküche, the drink menu boasts German drafts in the $6-8 range, as well as some bottles and a couple of wine choices. Food options include pretzels (seeds will cost $1 extra), German-style salads (beet, potato) and it wouldn't be a beer garden without brats and sauerkraut. Prost! 424 Octavia (at Fell)

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