in rumor, innuendo, and straight-out facts about restaurant openings and
closings in San Francisco.
Yesterday, SFoodie forgot to mention the opening of Unwind on Union (1875 Union at Laguna, 999-7283, unwindonunion.com), whose opening day UrbanDaddy trumpeted on Tuesday. The owners, Eater reported a few months back, are Kai Vance and Todd Slosek; UD says the chef used to cook for Dan Aykroyd (wonder if they'll be serving Aykroyd's Crystal Head vodka?). The pitch: Big glassed-over sundeck, all-American menu with pizza by the foot, and beer-can chicken.
L. at Inside Scoop has news of Brasserie Lille (corner of
California and Front), settling into the old Atrium space. Projected to open in the
fall, the restaurant comes from the Whisk Group, the guys
who bought the Aqua name and assets when Michael Mina took over its
space. The pitch: a San Francisco Balthazar (how many times have we
heard that over the past decade?), i.e., classic French dishes and a big
bar, bigger terrace, and biggest dining room.
Other Scoop intel: Schmidt's reduces
its hours, possibly trying to deal with that neighbor who
likes to yell out her window at their customers. And Top Chef alumnus
Eric Hopfinger is out
at Waterfront Restaurant.