Second Act: The Haight's New Food Marketplace

By Tamara Palmer  |  January 31, 2014
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Jack and Betsy Rix have transformed their beloved 30-year-old Upper Haight institution, Red Vic Movie House, into the food-centric Second Act Marketplace & Events. The space is softly open now and will be grandly open on February 3, complete with indie vendors RAW, Anda Piroshki, High Cotton Kitchen, Community Craft and Spice Hound. The default hours for all are 11 AM to 6 PM, though a few of the businesses may open as early as 7 AM. Take a closer look at what's on offer below, along with a little trip down memory lane to the House's beginnings in 1980:

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    The Southern-inspired High Cotton Kitchen is launching with Sightglass Coffee, Beauty's Bagels and red beans and rice. Soup, gumbo and po'boys are coming soon.

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    The opening of RAW brings a much-needed juice bar to the Upper Haight. One with cute drink names like Juicestess Priest (kale, spinach, parsley, apple and ginger) and Gin + Juice (kale, ginger, bell pepper and apple).

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    Community Craft is a shared bakery space with treats from eight different individual bakers. Initial offerings in this sweet space include this brown butter pecan and carrot cake, mini muffuletta sandwiches, butterscotch pot de creme and lemon pie.

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    After much success with a spot at the 331 Cortland food business co-op in Bernal Heights, Anda Piroshki is opening its second kiosk here, serving her savory meat- and vegetable-filled bread pockets.

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    Another tenant from 331 Cortland is Spice Hound, which will sell exotic spices by the ounce at Second Act.

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    Here's a view of the food marketplace from the back of the room.

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    The room that formerly housed the 140-seat movie theater is now a multi-purpose space (opening February 8) that's available for rent for music, comedy and film events.

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    In a nod to the Red Vic, Rix says they plan to have some fun film events in there, hearkening back to the past programming, when you could take in such special programming as Brain-Eating Surf Movie Night.

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    Owners Jack and Betsy Rix with friends on the first day of the Red Vic Movie House in 1980; the spirit lives on in Second Act.