Ali Baba's Cave in Lower Haight Now Al-Fanoose

I was sorry to learn on Haighteration that my favorite neighborhood shawarma spot (and one of my favorite falafel wraps), ~ALI BABA’S CAVE~ in the Lower Haight has a new owner, and has morphed into ~AL-FANOOSE~. The new name reportedly means “magic lantern” in Arabic, so I hope they keep some of that lavash magic alive. 531 Haight St. at Fillmore.

More ~HAIGHTERATION~ news: the blog is turning one on Tuesday March 15th, and has organized a neighborhood-wide event to celebrate. Haighteration asked every shop, restaurant, or bar in the Lower Haight to come up with some sort of discount or special offer, available for that one day only, when people mention Haighteration. Over 40 businesses have signed up so far, including Cafe Divis (buy one panino, get one free), Little Chihuahua (take 10% off your bill), and Ragazza (enjoy a free glass of prosecco with your meal). And you’ll also be able to get a sneak peek of Greenburger’s, when they open their doors from 4pm-6pm for a special open house for Haighteration readers. Even Three Twins is making a limited edition flavor of ice cream, using precious Pliny the Elder from Toronado! Check out the post for all the deal deets. Happy birfday!