San Francisco restaurant scene.
Tablehopper reports that Pasión (737 Irving, 724-5727, pasionsf.com) should open in the old PJ's Oyster Bed space on December 30. The pitch: "modern Latin" food from the owners of the Fresca restaurants; includes a ceviche bar, a wood-burning grill, and a big wine list.
Inside Scoop reports that Coda, the 18-month-old Mission supperclub, will be closing after New Year's Eve. Reason cited: the recession.
Mission Mission obtains photographic evidence that the Papa Potrero's (2700 24th Street) pizza parlor has perished, though it must not have been due to direct competition ― Flour + Water, Beretta, and Pi Bar aren't particularly close.
Tablehopper says that the beleagured plan to install a Whole Foods Market on the corner of Dolores and Market is moving forward again. (Right across from Safeway and Golden Produce? This seems like Starbucks thinking.) SFoodie lives near the new Whole Foods on Stanyan and Haight, and we'd say that the construction appears to be in its final phase, with the exterior renovations almost completed.