It seems that one of the side effects of a parklet being so tied to a specific business and its brand is that it may lose its 'publicness'
I saw it in person last week and it's awesome! It adds some much-needed character and flavor to the neighborhood. I suppose Rebar and Rapha should have waited for their permit rather than moving forward after they got the verbal ok. But to folks who say it's too "out there" – you live in San Francisco, one of the most out there cities in the world. Get over it.
Yes, it seems that neighbors and business owners in the area may not have the same opinion as Mark Farrell (it's also on the Atlantic indicating 98% of the feedback is positive and I agree with that, having experienced it firsthand).
It is well received in the neighborhood, there has been a positive response to the look and creative concept. It is inviting, it has brought many cyclists from outside the Cow Hollow/Marina district and the East Bay, into that pocket not only because of the shop, but they organize group rides and they carry local coffee (four barrel).
I'll check in with Rapha this weekend.
As all parklets in SF, anyone not only paying patrons, can use it and hang out, be part of the neighborhood. It serves as a hub for the community of not only cyclists, but pedestrians alike – and that it is overall a very positive impact.
"It was just sitting there, gathering dust."