The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
If opening a Mexican restaurant, head east. Inside Scoop reports, via Bloomberg News, that chef Traci Des Jardins is looking at New York, Boston, and Washington, D.C., as possible expansion cities for her San Francisco taqueria minichain, Mijita. She points out how the popular, affordable Chipotle chain is doing in areas that aren't "saturated" with Mexican food options. Good point.
Chefs keep popping up around S.F. Inside Scoop reports the return of chef-duo Evan and Sarah Rich to Radius on July 25, and pastry chef Bill Corbett's (slightly ironic) vegetable-focused menu at Absinthe's private dining room on August 1. We're very curious about the two vegetable-dessert courses.
No surprise here: Another burger-focused restaurant is slated to open. Grub Street reports that the original eatery planned for the space at 1599 Haight (at Clayton) was Mama's Kitchen, but since the building owner partnered with a member of the Bi-Rite family, the restaurant plans have transformed into Burger Urge. No word yet on an opening date, or the reason it's following the burger trend.
Updates on two Mission spaces: Earlier we mentioned the sandwich shop Giordano Bros. was eyeing the former Ti Couz space for its second location. Now Eater SF shares that all the necessary paperwork is signed for the Valencia Street space, and a soft opening is planned for near the end of August. Expect more seating and a larger selection of beers on tap than at the North Beach shop.
Nearby on Mission Street, Kink.com is moving forward with a bar, the Armory Club, in the former Ace Cafe space, conveniently located across the street from the company's headquarters. Eater SF reports the porn company's founder has applied for a liquor license, and plans to serve food as well. We wonder if the pub grub will use produce from the farmers' market it's planning for part of its warehouse space.
In the Marina, a new restaurant, Cedar Hill, is setting to open (3242 Scott at Chestnut). Inside Scoop shares the former Noodle Theory space is transforming into a Southern-leaning restaurant, but no word yet on a opening date.
In Oakland, Inside Scoop also shares Boot & Shoe Service's adjacent cafe soft-opened today (3308 Grand at Lake Park). Expect a limited breakfast menu until August.
Small bites: In May Daniel Patterson debuted his humble Oakland food cart, Porky's, which serves only one item, a porchetta sandwich. Today, the sandwich, sans cart with paintings of pigs, has made its way to San Francisco. Grub Street reports the $9 sandwich can be found on the Jackson Place Cafe menu (633 Battery at Pacific).
The Feast reports two permanent kiosks have cemented themselves inside the Ferry Building. Peña Pachamama servers Bolivian and raw foods, while the other booth, La Cocina, is offering packaged versions of the local food vendor finds that appear at its farmers' market booth, and will also soon offer a rotating menu of grab-and-go lunches.