The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
Chef news: The pending Jake's on Market just found itself a chef. Inside Scoop reports Erik Hopfinger (Circa, Waterfront, Long Bar) will focus on Americana dishes from scratch: from grinding the meat to an in-house pastry chef's fresh baked goods. The restaurant is still on track to open early next year, but no word yet on when the restaurant currently inhabiting the space, the 16-year-old 2223, will shutter.
Also, Eater SF spots Jeremy Fox in L.A., working as a consultant on a new project from Jeff Weinstein (of The Counter burger chain). We're guessing his pending Bay Area restaurant is still a ways off.
Same coffee, different name: Tablehopper dishes that Four Barrel's Jeremy Tooker is opening a new place on Disvisadero, and while the coffee will be the same, the space (and name) will be quite different from his other coffee shops. Expect a bakery (and toast bar) from Josey Baker, outdoor seating, and an opening date in early 2012.
Food truck news: Earlier we mentioned North Berkeley's Off the Grid offering brick-and-mortars the option to make the jump (for a night) onto four wheels. Tonight the Local Butcher Shop will be serving an assortment of meaty options from the window, including mortadella sandwiches.
Addition to the Thai restaurant openings mentioned yesterday, Tablehopper finds one more. House 530, from the son of those behind Thai House Express, is slated to open on 11/11/11 as well.
Over at Unwind on Union, there's some temporary papered windows. Eater SF reveals owners Todd Slosek and Kai Vance closed the restaurant after Sunday's service, and they're currently reformatting the space into a new concept. Expect a new name, chef, and a reopening Nov. 17.
It looks as though the East Coast inspired Dobbs Ferry (named after a city in New York) may debut as early as Monday. Grub Street reveals the restaurant's cuisine links West Coast foods with a New York twist.
Drinks all around: There's a new bar slated for the Crocker-Amazon neighborhood. Grub Street says the Dark Horse Inn looks to be strictly beer, and will feature a menu of sandwiches, burgers, and wings.
Also, just a reminder, via Eater SF, Unique Bistro officially opens today (1849 Union at Laguna).