San Francisco restaurant scene.
Sad news from Inside Scoop's Paolo L.: After only 4 months, Berkeley's Locanda da Eva (2826 Telegraph, locandadaeva.com) is wrapping things up this weekend. Owner Robert Lauriston, a former SFoodie blogger, gives Scoop a post-mortem that boils down to this: The food was wrong for the neighborhood.
Grub Street's Jay B. acquires a scad of details on the Chapel Restaurant and Second Line Cafe (777 Valencia). A Côté owner Jack Knowles wants to turn the former New School building into a restaurant, a cafe, and a music venue.
(2140 Union) is bringing on Michelle Mah and former Midi colleague Jon
Hara as chefs. The post makes it sound like Mah will stick around long
enough to set the menu and ensure the restaurant's rep, then cede the
kitchen to Hara.