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Sunday, April 1, 2012

All Good Pizza coming to Bayview

I just received this happy news from the folks at All Good Pizza, at the corner of Jerrold and Newhall:
We are excited to tell you that we should be open in the next week or so... we have our final health inspection on Wednesday morning and should be able to start serving by Friday, April 6th!  Check out our website allgoodpizza.com and Facebook for (hopefully) better details.

We want to thank everyone for their support and encouragement- it has been an incredible project to work on and we have felt so inspired by all of you.  Our desire to make our business neighborhood centric already feels fulfilled- so many people have stopped by, helped and offered great suggestions that we love to hear.

So far, we have removed over 10,000 pounds of garbage from our lot, lifted the three standing violations, acquired over 200 plants from Craigslist, and heard (literally) dozens of warnings about the fifty pound raccoon that apparently lives on our lot.  We've yet to see him, btw, even when we are out there planting dead flowers at midnight.  
We're really excited and feel so fortunate to be doing this and we would love your opinions and criticism on what you want to eat and see on our lot.  We are committed to providing the best possible quality and value for our neighborhood and hope that you will love to eat the food we love to cook.

Our ultimate goal is to have a community garden and shared spaces that involve sustainable agriculture, art, kids, and good times.  We have an amazing neighborhood and while we are all accustomed to the very real and difficult problems that exist here, I feel like we often forget to talk about the amazing opportunities that we have just by living in such a diverse and wonderful city (and more importantly neighborhood.)

I was talking with a woman who came by All Good today about my job in Guatemala (which I have been doing for the past 6 years) and expressing the incredible gratitude I have for being able to do a project like this at home- albeit out of a trailer, on a blighted lot surrounded by chain link and chicken/barb wire, and in a neighborhood where sirens are our background music.  However, we have (clean) water! We have electricity!  We have the ability to democratize!  We have a lot.  (We literally have a LOT). And I think more times than not it's about what we do with it.

We get lemons, so let's make some damn lemonade.

Hope to eat with you all soon...I think you're gonna like it.  And if you don't, tell me and I'll listen.

And come snip some succulents if you like- I suddenly have thousands.

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has- Margaret Mead

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