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SF Mayor Hires Food Network Star to Revitalize Downtown

SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) – As part of ongoing efforts to revitalize the downtown area, San Francisco Mayor London Breed has announced a partnership with renowned chef Tyler Florence. Florence is best known for being a longtime host on The Food Network, where he hosted several shows including Globe Trekker, Food 911, and The Great Food Truck Race.

The chef, whose previous SF restaurants have included Wayfare Tavern in SF’s Financial District and Florence Fresh in SFO, founded a hospitality group, The Greater Organization, in 2018. This group has been commissioned by the city to shut down two “craft cafes,” according to a press release from the mayor’s office.

Miller & Luxe Provisions’ two cafes offer both lunch and all-day brunch options. According to the mayor’s office, one is planned for a space off Stockton Street and the other off Powell Street.

“Union Square is an iconic part of our city and we’re excited to be working with Chef Tyler Florence to make it even better,” said Mayor London Breed. “I’m proud of the progress we’ve made in our economic recovery and look forward to continuing to promote San Francisco as a world-class food destination.”

The operations would open on three-year leases with options for two three-year extensions, the mayor’s office said. The leases will be discussed at Thursday’s Recreation and Parks Commission Operations Committee meeting.

The Powell Street location offers pastries, breakfast options, croissants, baked goods and a coffee bar. The Stockton Street location will be more savory-focused, according to the mayor’s office, with organic spit-roasted chicken, farm-fresh sides, artisan cheeses and charcuterie, and beer and wine.

“So many legendary chefs have paved the way for San Francisco’s food culture excellence, and we’re proud to carry the torch at a landmark as historic as Union Square.” I couldn’t be more excited to see Miller & To help Lux Provisions create two new cafe experiences that I know will bring people downtown,” said Florence. “Between a new show patisserie and perfect food for relaxing over lunch or picnicking in the square, there’s something for everyone here.”

Earlier this year, Mayor Breed announced a roadmap for San Francisco’s future, designed to spearhead the city’s struggling downtown. The once vital shopping and business district has been beset by challenges that include empty storefronts, street crime and the reluctance of workers in surrounding offices to return to personal work.

If the city approves, both proposed cafes would open sometime in the fall.

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