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Friday, January 7, 2011

OMG It's Pollo Campero! And Some Other Restaurant Gossip

Posted By on Fri, Jan 7, 2011 at 7:25 AM


​The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.

Inside Scoop reports that Pollo Campero, the Guatemalan chicken chain, is partway through the process of opening a location at 2740 Mission (at 23rd St.). Don't call all your relatives to get them excited -- the deal's not certain, Scoop cautions. Does that mean the staff of Rico Pan will stop making Pollo Campero runs down to Los Angeles?

One deal that is done: Inside Scoop says the owners of Dogpatch's Yield Wine Bar have taken over the old CAV space and will reopen as Pause Wine Bar (1666 Market, Twitter: @pausewinebar) sometime in the next few weeks. 

Did Gordon Drysdale really open Verbena in downtown Oakland 10 years ago? SFoodie Googled our review of the place when it opened, checked the date, then ran sobbing to the bathroom to mourn our lost youth. In similarly sad news, Verbena's temporary closure is now permanent, reports Scoop.

LiveSoMa spots a "coming soon" sign in the 800 block of Mission for a local branch of Z Pizza, a national pizza chain. 

UrbanDaddy discovers The Royal Cuckoo (3202 Mission, 336-9140,, a new bar in La Lengua/SoCha/Lower Bernal. The pitch: booze, vinyl records, and taxidermy.

Two last Scoop gossip items, though both are several months away from happening: Boot and Shoe Service will be expanding next door, and the projected opening date for Piccino's larger space is now March. The latter has a new chef: Rachel Silcocks, a Nopa alumna.

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