Bartlett Hall: Union Square gets yet another brewpub, this one from the folks behind Maverick. They bring with them their famous butter burger, along with a menu of updated pub grub and classic cocktails with a twist. 242 O'Farrell, 433-4332, bartletthallsf.com.
The Commissary: Traci Des Jardins' much-anticipated restaurant in the Presidio is now open, offering Cali-Spanish bites like pea and ham croquettes and grilled squid with chickpeas along with large entrees like artichoke and fennel paella. There's also a small market to equip all of your picnic needs. 101 Montgomery, 561-3600, thecommissarysf.com.
Loving Cup: This shop devoted to rice pudding and frozen yogurt seems like it will fit right into Hayes Valley. Expect eight rotating flavors of rice pudding, hand-churned frozen yogurt, and more sweet treats. 535 Octavia, 701-0091, lovingcupsf.com.
Palm House: The former Netti's Crab Shack space has been transformed into a Caribbean restaurant with a breezy, tropical theme. The consulting chef is Gayle Pirie of Foreign Cinema, and there's a machine that makes frozen daiquiris in flavors like prickly pear. 2032 Union, 400-4355, palmhousesf.com.
Ume: Plum in Oakland has been transformed into Ume, a Japanese-inspired restaurant with Brett Cooper (most recently of Outerlands) at the helm. Daniel Patterson, who owns the joint, says Cooper will stay for a few months before he opens a new spot with the restaurant group in the city. 2214 Broadway, Oakland, (510) 444-7586, umeoakland.com.