A growing number of S.F. restaurants are having a hard time figuring out the easy fact that they need to pay employees properly. Mission Local has news on the latest restaurant under fire: Panchita #3, which was the site of a protest yesterday evening. Could this be another lawsuit?
Speaking of, here's a way to avoid suing people -- don't trademark common phrases. Inside Scoop reports, via Bloomberg, that Francis Ford Coppola is suing the Novato restaurant Tavola Italian Kitchen over the phrase "a tavola," which means "to the table" and is a reference to family-style dining. Coppola claims ownership of the phrase and probably also wants a dollar every time anyone is appointed a newly baptized child's "godfather."
Soon you'll be able to buy expensive Chinese food in S.F. Inside Scoop confirms the fancy-pants international restaurant-chain Hakkasan will indeed open a location at One Kearny -- they've even started construction. No opening date as of yet.
Throwing flour: While Eater SF notes La Boulange looks to continue its baked-goods expansion into the Sunset District, Inside Scoop reports Arizmendi Bakery is looking to keep it out of the neighborhood. Not enough carb eaters out there?
Starting on Monday, Maestro, the French-American restaurant will soft open for lunch. Eater SF give a sneak peek at their soft launch menu -- expect everything from escargot to burgers (555 Golden Gate at Van Ness).
Also, there's a new vegetarian restaurant slated for the Richmond District. Tablehopper discover Enjoy Vegetarian Restaurant is readying to open in the former Morph space. Expect an opening before the end of the month.
Changes in the kitchen: Tablehopper discovers that pastry chef Lisa Lu has left Jardiniere, and joined the team behind the pending Central Kitchen. Her former spot remains open, so pastry chefs looking for work should take note of the Craigslist ad.
Also, Inside Scoop reveals there's a new executive chef in the kitchen of the Presidio Social Club: Wes Shaw. He'll share space with owner and founding chef Ray Tang. Expect a few changes to the American menu -- Shaw has Texas roots.