The once-grungy Divisadero corridor continues to evolve. Inside Scoop had the, uh, scoop today that 4505 Meats is moving to Divisadero at the space formerly occupied by Da' Pit BBQ (you know, in that parking lot next to the janky marijuana trailer). It's the second brick-and-mortar for the meat company, which opened a butcher shop in the Mission earlier this year. 4505 is no stranger to the neighborhood -- it's been a constant presence at the Sunday farmers' market at Grove and Divis. The new shop will serve sausages, burgers, and such for dine-in and take-out, and plans to open later in the fall.
There's been a lot of movement on Divisadero as of late, following the Bi-Rite expansion in March. It's becoming quite a hot spot for pop-ups, with Vinyl featuring Sneaky's BBQ (Tuesdays & Wednesdays) and the Pizzahacker (Thursdays & Fridays) and Mojo Bicycle Cafe featuring burgermaster Wes Rowe (Wednesdays) and Rice Paper Scissors (Thursdays).
The big thing will be next week when La Urbana, the 3,600-square-foot "mezcaleria," opens at the corner of Grove and Divis. The press release promises "elevated cantina-style dishes" with a menu that "will showcase the finest seasonal and foraged Bay Area ingredients, influenced by Mexican flavors and preparations." Hmmm. We're excited about the promise of sampling our way through hard-to-find mezcal at the 10-seat bar, though we've been puzzling over this particular cocktail description, which just sounds like a bunch of random words arranged in a sentence-like manner:
"For more adventurous drinkers, the Mexico City ($12) encapsulates the scents of el Distrito Federal with Casa Noble tequila, carrot juice, citrus leaves, and lavender and lemon verbena smoke built upon a chile water capsule."
If "chile water capsules" and "lavender and lemon verbena smoke" aren't harbingers of gentrification, we don't know what is.