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Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Brixton Ratchets Up the Opening Buzz, Sea Salt Loses Its Founding Chef

Posted By on Thu, Jan 13, 2011 at 7:30 AM

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

Urban Daddy is first to call an opening day ― Friday ― for The Brixton (2140 Union, at Webster, 409-1114, brixtonsf.com). The pitch: Britrock-themed bar with pubby-sounding food from Michelle Mah and Jon Hara (Midi, Ponzu).

According to Inside Scoop, Anthony Paone has left his position as chef of Sea Salt (before, he'd also done stints as chef of two other restaurants owned by the Krikorian-Lalimes, T-Rex and Fonda).

That permit-spotting Grub Street reports that Jay Foster, who owns Farmerbrown and Little Skillet, is taking over 1795 Geary (at Fillmore) and calling it The Library. Grub hopes it'll be a bar with events and Southern food, we've heard a cafe. We'll see what Foster says when he finally goes public about his plans.

Another restaurant on the way, this one reported on by Eater SF and a little closer to opening date: the Russian Hill/Polk Gulch branch of Toast (1601 Polk, toasteatery.com). The pitch: California-ized diner.

Two notes from the finer realms: Tasting Table SF noted that Fifth Floor has relaunched its new menu, this one now fully under the control of new chef David Bazirgan. And Inside Scoop says that Terra, Hiro Sone and Lissa Doumani's St. Helena restaurant, is adding a bar with a bar menu.

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