Manny Crisostomo/ mcrisostomo@sacbee.com

Charlie and Mary Maerzke and their dog, Vivien, visiting from Laguna Hills, have lunch late last month at Absinthe Brasserie & Bar at the corner of Hayes and Gough streets in San Francisco’s Hayes Valley neighborhood. Before the 1989 Loma Prieta Earthquake, this was a sketchy area.

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