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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Bigger Brenda's Expected Soon, Cafe Divis Becomes a Wine Bar

Posted By on Wed, Dec 29, 2010 at 7:37 AM

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​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the

San Francisco restaurant scene.

Tablehopper reports that Brenda's French Soul Food will move into its next-door expansion (much bigger kitchen, a few more seats) later this week. The original site will be closed for about a month while they renovate it. Once the two sides are joined, the seating will almost be tripled. Does this means the horrific lines will disappear? 

Tablehopper also writes that the newish owners of Cafe Divis (359 Divisadero), which hasn't even put up a sign, are either converting it into a wine bar named Vinyl or simply running one in the evenings. In charge will be Kris Esqueda (Markris Wines), Mark Bright (Saison, Decantr), and Nabil Musleh (who will be providing the music). The pitch: Simple food and "domestic, urban" wines. SFoodie hopes more explanation will be forthcoming.

A few additional notices:

- The Restaurant at Meadowood has hired Boris Portnoy (Campton Place, Winterland) as its new pastry chef. (via Inside Scoop)

- Luna Park has hired Ronnie New away from The Republic to be its new chef (via Tablehopper).

- Khoon Chang Thai (1901 Divisadero) has closed and will soon become My Ivy Thai (via Eater).

Shima Sushi, in Opera Plaza, is becoming 2G Japanese Brasserie (601 Van Ness). The pitch: sushi, and perhaps some tartare. (via Tablehopper).

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