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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Grand Coffee, Citizens Band, and Mission Chinese Food All Enter the Realm of the Living

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 8:23 AM

The last 24 hours in rumor, innuendo, and straight-out facts about restaurant openings and closings in San Francisco.

Marcia G. at Tablehopper and Kevin M. at Uptown Almanac both report on the opening of Grand Coffee (2663 Mission) in what used to be the concession stand for the Grand theater, back when the Mission actually had movie theaters. The pitch: There are conflicting reports on whether the cafe serves Four Barrel or Ritual (SFoodie is more likely to believe Tablehopper, who reports the former); but expect barista-meets-bartender drinks like a liquid affogato layering cane syrup, half and half, and espresso. SFoodie tried making a joke about how it's a pousse-café café, decided that was too recherché to be funny, and then went with it anyway. 

Paolo L. at Inside Scoop says that Baker and Banker's bakery (1701 Octavia) is finally wending its way through the last of the permitting rapids and may float into open(ing) water around August 1. 

Jay B. of Grub Street reports that Citizens Band

(next door to Pinkie's Bakery, 1196 Folsom) is slated to open July 14.

The pitch: Thirty-seat restaurant, no details on menu;

Conduit-Boulevard vet Chris Beerman handles the savory, while Pinkie's

chef Cheryl Burr takes on the sweet. 

If you didn't see yesterday, SFoodie's Tamara P. blogged about the opening of Mission Chinese Food (2234 Mission, 863-2800) over the three-day weekend. The pitch, we think: The Mission Street Food guys, operating out of Lung Shan again, are reworking Chinese-American classics, plus serving de-Americanized dishes like ma po tofu and kee-razy mashups like the chinito, which references Beijing duck, Cantonese zhaliang, a banh mi, and a burrito. That was almost as hard to parse as an Ezra Pound canto.

In other meal-changing news, Marcia G. reports that Skool is adding dinner and later this month, brunch; that Schmidt's is dropping lunch but is adding weekend brunch; and that the American Grilled Cheese Kitchen is adding breakfast.

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