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Thursday, July 1, 2010

Unwind Prepares to Sun-Bake Its Customers, Brasserie Lille's Balthazar Ambitions

Posted By on Thu, Jul 1, 2010 at 9:08 AM

The last 24 hours

in rumor, innuendo, and straight-out facts about restaurant openings and

closings in San Francisco.

Yesterday, SFoodie forgot to mention the opening of Unwind on Union (1875 Union at Laguna, 999-7283,, whose opening day UrbanDaddy trumpeted on Tuesday. The owners, Eater reported a few months back, are Kai Vance and Todd Slosek; UD says the chef used to cook for Dan Aykroyd (wonder if they'll be serving Aykroyd's Crystal Head vodka?). The pitch: Big glassed-over sundeck, all-American menu with pizza by the foot, and beer-can chicken.


L. at Inside Scoop has news of Brasserie Lille (corner of

California and Front), settling into the old Atrium space. Projected to open in the

fall, the restaurant comes from the Whisk Group, the guys

who bought the Aqua name and assets when Michael Mina took over its

space. The pitch: a San Francisco Balthazar (how many times have we

heard that over the past decade?), i.e., classic French dishes and a big

bar, bigger terrace, and biggest dining room.

Other Scoop intel: Schmidt's reduces

its hours, possibly trying to deal with that neighbor who

likes to yell out her window at their customers. And Top Chef alumnus

Eric Hopfinger is out

at Waterfront Restaurant.

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