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Friday, February 25, 2011

Campanula Arises in North Beach, the Shipping Crates Descend into Hayes Valley

Posted By on Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 7:19 AM

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

Everybody everybody everybody is reporting that Campanula (701 Union, 829-7766, campanulasf.com) opened last night. So now SFoodie is, too. The pitch: lots of little plates.

According to Eater SF, the first phase of the Proxy project (corner of Octavia and Linden) ― you know, the shipping-crate complex ― is finally being installed on Tuesday. The first tenant to open up shop will be Smitten Ice Cream, who should be ready by mid-March. After that comes Ritual Roasters and 4505 Meats, then the Suppenküche Biergarten and finally the new Pizzeria Delfina branch.

Inside Scoop makes public the fact that Le Club is going into Chapter 7 bankruptcy, allowing owner Gina Milano to bring Randy Lewis in as chef-partner. A new name may be in order. The pitch: Southern-inflected food.

More Mission Bay remodeling: Inside Scoop says Paragon will close in March for a week. And Butler and the Chef is moving into a bigger space next door (147 South Park Ave.) and has hired Cass Calder Smith to design it. (SFoodie anticipates lots of mirrors and exposed brick.) There's lots of new building involved, so the move won't happen for quite some time.

SFist thinks that Chick-Fil-A, whose support of conservative Christian and anti-gay causes has been getting a lot of attention lately, is coming to the Bay Area. Screw the owners' bigoted stance ― SFoodie grew up near a Chick-Fil-A and never thought the food was worth getting exited about.

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