North Beach's iconic Columbus Tower, owned by Francis Ford Coppola, will soon house a 15-room boutique hotel on its top four floors. (Courtesy of @quentinclair)

North Beach's most iconic building will soon be a hotel + more topics to discuss over brunch


Yep, Francis Ford Coppola's Columbus Tower will soon be home to a stylish boutique hotel.

Plus, Governor Gavin Newsom gives the green light for drivers to eat their roadkill, an offensive mural depicting Mayor London Breed is removed, Macy's holiday window will soon be home to adoptable rabbits and rodents, and Ali Wong shares her secrets to finding the best Asian restaurants.

For the first time, Spain's prized Iberian pigs being raised in California, SF Chronicle

Eighty acorn-eating, prized Iberian pigs made the 2,500-mile trek to Northern California's Encina Farms and are officially the first of the breed in the state. Read more.

Iconic Columbus Tower To Become Boutique Hotel, SFist

The landmark owned by Francis Ford Coppola will soon house a 15-room boutique hotel complete with a penthouse suite, Kearny Street lobby, and basement screening room. Read more.

New California Law Will Let Drivers Eat Roadkill, Modern Farmer

Fancy some roadkill barbecue? Thanks to the newly signed Wildlife Traffic Safety Act, by 2020 drivers statewide can obtain a "wildlife salvage permit"—via mobile app, of course—that allows them to munch on any creature they may have just accidentally run down with their car. Read more.

A Guide to Asian Restaurants, by Ali Wong, Vulture

Need some help scouting out an authentic Asian restaurant? San Francisco's very own Ali Wong is here to help. Read more.

Puppies and kittens—now joined by bunnies—to return to SF Macy's windows in November, SF Gate

It's almost that time of year! Expect puppies and kittens galore—plus for the first time ever, adoptable rabbits, chinchillas, and guinea pigs—to return to Macy's holiday windows beginning November 22nd. Read more.

'Blatantly racist' billboard attacking SF Mayor London Breed slammed by local leaders, SF Chronicle

Following a protest on Monday and backlash from city officials, a Dore and Howard Street billboard featuring a sexist and racist cartoon depiction of Mayor London Breed, put up by conservative mayoral candidate Ellen Lee Zhou, was finally taken down. Read more.

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