Openings, closings, and other life changes on the small-business scene

BUDGET-CONSCIOUS residents in search of lower phone-jack installation costs may be happy to hear of IndyJack (415-846-5851,, a new small business run by one Joe Bohon and offering an extremely competitive rate. An initial jack installation performed by SBC/Pacific Bell will set you back $126. IndyJack just about cuts that rate in half for a fee of $65. Additional-installation rates are more comparable, with SBC charging $45 for each additional jack and IndyJack charging $40.

And as if that wasn't enough in the way of good news, two new S.F. enterprises have opened their doors to those seeking alcohol and other refreshment. Taking over the space on South Van Ness Avenue recently vacated by Sacrifice, ex-Toronado bartender Johnny Davis, Zeitgeist bartender Liam Martin, and ex-Zeitgeist bartender Cameron Bryce celebrated the grand opening of Bender's Bar and Grill (800 S. Van Ness, S.F. 415-824-1800) Sept. 12. And on a corner of Washington Square once held by Italian restaurant Little City, the new Rogue Ales Public House (673 Union, S.F. 415-362-7880) gives San Francisco an opportunity to see the public(an) face of Newport, Ore.'s Rogue Ales.

Lastly, the Exit Theatre (156 Eddy, S.F. 415-673-3847, is celebrating its 20th anniversary and asks Bay Area experimental theater lovers to join in by checking out the fall performance schedule. While you're there, also consider making a donation to help ensure the theater continues to flourish. The Fringe Festival may be over, but the fallout from slashed arts funding on the state and national level continues to rain down on small (and sizable) arts ventures all over town. Support your local performance spaces. Check out Bay Guardian listings for a show near you.

Postmortem Sadly, we report the brave passing of yet another restaurant-bar at 12th Street and Folsom. Long a Hamburger Mary's, briefly a Harvey's, and even more briefly the 12th and Folsom Restaurant and Bar, the space at 1582 Folsom will soon be vacant again. Says an employee of the Paul Langley Co., which owned 12th and Folsom, "We were taking a loss each month."

Research by Melissa Broder.

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September 24, 2003