“I am looking forward to sitting in a good orchestra seat or even in the green room” at the Nourse Theatre, “and enjoying the programs along with other patrons,” said Goldstein last week. “With a full-time staff of four, everyone has always had their hand in every aspect of the work, from booking to setting the stage and handling travel and accommodations,” Goldstein said. Many programs are parts of series, such as the 826 Valencia College Scholarship events that City Arts has produced for 13 years. Goldstein was organizing literary events for the College of Marin in 1980 when she booked her first speaker, Fran Lebowitz, who was to lead off a series of six fundraisers for the San Francisco Public Library, in the Herbst Theatre. Soon after that, Steven Barclay, who had taken Goldstein’s job at the College of Marin, came to work with her at the new company, “and added a lot,” said Goldstein, crediting Barclay with snagging Tony Kushner, for example, and adding “energy and taste that built up a certain part of our audience.” With design and communications manager Alexandra Washkin, they manage an email list of almost 25,000 patrons, as well as a separate snail-mail list the same size. With the help of patrons and supporters like Moti Kazemi of BBC Construction, Helen and John Meyer of Meyer Sound and the school district’s facilities chief David Goldin, the restoration cost less than $2 million. “Sydney did the work of finding a new venue, and against so many odds, raising money and finding really talented people to make it work for us and to make it work for so many other presenters,” said Goldstein-Breyer. “I think the main lesson is to trust your instincts,” said Goldstein. Because you can poll a lot of people and you end up with something that maybe by the numbers seems like the right thing, and it’s not.
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Based on the statement Siegel released, his shop was another victim of an unpredictable landscape for small-business owners in the city’s food scene.
“The business environment in San Francisco, and especially the Financial District, has changed dramatically. It has become unsustainable for us to operate a small independent restaurant in San Francisco,” he said.
With the end in sight for Shorty Goldstein’s, it’s only natural to think about its beginning. The deli started as a family affair for Michael and co., and it pretty much remained that way over the next four years.
When it opened, Michael’s mother was the one who reached out to Inside Scoop to announce the news. (And yes, she was very proud.)
The food on the menu can be traced back to Siegel family recipes, most notably Shorty’s potato knish, which comes via his great-grandmother Pauline. Michael even named the place after her.
“It has been a pleasure and honor over the last four years to serve San Francisco and those seeking handmade Jewish deli and Jewish cuisine,” he said.
With Shorty Goldstein’s turning out the lights, the city’s number of Jewish delis continues to get smaller. Wise Sons is the only outfit rapidly expanding.
“We wish to thank everyone who has supported us throughout the years. Please support your local Jewish deli,” Michael said.
Shorty Goldstein’s will close March 9: 126 Sutter St.; (415) 986-2676