They brought their appetite to San Francisco

The esteemed Joseph Saulter, Chairman of Atlanta-based Entertainment Arts Research Inc. (EARI) and his wife Charlene, also a technology executive, gave me a call as soon as they arrived in the Bay Area. He’s opening a new facility in the Peninsula, and wanted to know how to spend their free time while in the Bay Area.
It’s a quandary facing lots of black travelers around the country and a big reason why we created BlackRestaurant.Net. When Joe and Charlene came out for Innovation & Equity: the 10th annual 50 Most Important African-Americans in Technology last Jan. 15, they learned things about the black experience in San Francisco they had never imagined. Saulter is chair of the diversity committee of the International Game Developers Association and frequently has attended tech meetings here, but didn’t know the Martin Luther King Jr. Waterfall is adjacent to the Moscone Convention Center.
My suggestions included Pican Restaurant in Oakland; Savannah Jazz Club at 2937 Mission, Sam Jordan’s Bar, 4004 Third St, the best place to watch a game, particular during the playoffs and Farmer Brown’s, 25 Mason St.
When we got together for brunch on Saturday at Farmer Brown’s, I brought them copies of Cakewalk, my new novel on the unsung creators of jazz music, and we settled down to the sumptuous buffet that had the place filled and keeps executive chef Jay Foster in the magazines. I also told them the story of how Jay painstakingly handcrafted the floors, walls and accessories to a tribute to black farmers.
Afterwards, we combined a shopping excursion through Chinatown with a tour of the buildings where Cakewalk took place, including the sites of Purcells and Needmore and Octavia night clubs, all rebuilt immediately after the 1906 earthquake.
And as they dropped me off at home in Russian Hill, we also saw the oldest black church building in the state, the 1908 sanctuary of Third Baptist Church at 1255 Hyde (at Sacramento.) It’s also part of the plot in Cakewalk.
With the World Series coming to San Francisco, this week, visit the San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose pages at BlackRestaurant.Net and our tour site at San Francisco Black Heritage Tours at
A block from AT&T Park, Jay opened his second restaurant, Farmer Brown Little Skillet, a breakfast and lunch outlet right at the corner of 3rd and Townsend St. And there are lots of other ways to funnel some of the World Series largess into African-American businesses.
The trip would not be complete without a visit to the Hall of Fame of black literature, Marcus Books, at 1712 Fillmore St. and just down the street is the legendary New Chicago No. 3 Barber Shop at 1521 Fillmore.
Let’s make Orange October Orange and Black October.