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News flash: We?re a far cry from the summer of love. Er, 47 years to be exact. But somehow, vacant storefronts in the Upper Haight always seem to make way for more tie-dyed T-shirts and other hippie relics.

That is, until a cool new addition called Second Act Marketplace moved into the hood last month.

Located in the old Red Vic Movie House--which screened quirky classics (like Harold and Maude) and indie films (such as the visually stunning doc Baraka) for 21 years--Second Act features five upscale food stalls. The airy, light-filled marketplace with handcrafted iron gates and a vintage-inspired paneled ceiling is a more design-centric version of Bernal Height?s 331 Cortland community kitchen.

Here?s how to make a meal out of your next trip there: Start with the dill-laden potato-and-onion piroshki from AnDa. Then order High Cotton Kitchen?s suckling-pig po? boy with mustardy creole slaw. Wash it down with the SF Fog Cutter (red apple and strawberry juice) from the counter at Raw. And top it all off with a mini chocolate-hazelnut pot de crème from Community Craft.

And because it just wouldn?t be the Haight without a nod to the past, Second Act also has an event space that hosts films, readings and live music. Next up: a benefit on April 10 for the nonprofit Flying Needle Project, with live Brazilian samba and Latin beats by Brass Liberation Orchestra and the Loyd Family Players.

Second Act Marketplace, 1727 Haight St.; 415-668-3994 or

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