Blue Bottle Pulls Plug on Park Plan

Blue Bottle founder James Freeman has announced he will not move forward with plans to bring his award-winning coffee to Dolores Park.

Blue Bottle at the Ferry Building

Talks were underway for months and the coffee truck had been retrofitted and is ready to be delivered, but organized community opposition from a small segment of park patrons has soured Freeman on the idea of a cart in Dolores Park. “I wanted the cart to be charming and innocuous, and it was proving to be neither,” Freeman told SF Weekly. “It’s a shame, really. It’s a little trailer ― it’s not like we were planning a battery factory.”

The story broke this afternoon when Freeman told Bay Citizen reporter, Reyhan Harmanci of his intentions not to pursue this opportunity, “I don’t need this controversy,”  Freeman said.

Uptown Alamanc‘s Kevin Montgomery blogs that this a pyrrhic victory, “[Chicken John] sure did imply that he and his army of Laughing Squid pendejos would be out there assaulting them.” And added, “This wasn’t the way to win.”

Blue Bottle's sketch of their new trailer.

Blue Bottle's sketch of their new trailer.

Local resident Alex Chaffee recently launched a Facebook page in support of Blue Bottle and other vendors in the park.

Perhaps the Coffee Wars ain’t over yet?

About Robert Brust

Dolores Park Works Co-founder

Can I ask when SF Foodie blogs become the precedent for getting public knowledge... I am sorry if I don't read it, or the Chronicle religiously. This reads like everyone in the Dolores Park area should have known about this, why didn't they send out a mailer, post a sign or mention this at the renovation meetings... seem like an appropriate thing to ask? And who is this Alex Chaffee guy??


Wasn't asking for a singing telegram... though I think that scene in "Clue" is hilarious when she gets shot..."I am your singing telegram..." BANG.

But I've lived near the park for almost 15 years and it would have been nice to get a mailer telling me that this was happening and I could go to the hearing if I wanted. I get them when local businesses are applying to sell alcohol or change their name. I even got one hen they were going to start doing work on Valencia street. It was nice. I like the USPS.

And I appreciate you giving me that list of articles, though one thing I see in common with them is that the most current one is spring 2010. And most those that I read talked about this was a proposed idea, it might happen. I'm just saying it would've been nice to know more then 5 days prior that they had intended to slide 2 generator powered trailers into the park.

the new york times is a paper, right?

Sorry, gramps
Sorry, gramps

SF Gate, May 2009. We've already established you don't read that religiously, though.

SF Examiner, July 2009. Not a foodie blog. Circulation 200,000.

SFist, January 2010. Not a foodie blog. Largest blog in the city.

New York Times, February 2010. Have you heard of that one, friend?

Dolores Park View, October 2009 and April 2010. Okay, maybe you don't read that, but what the hell are you doing commenting on a Dolores Park blog then?

SF Weekly, January 2010, February 2010, May 2010.

NBC Bay Area, March 2010

Mission Local, several times in Spring 2010.

I'm really sorry they didn't knock on your door. Wait, who are you again? And why do you need to be personally delivered a singing telegram whenever the Parks board has a call for proposals?


All good questions. No good answers. :/