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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Bar Bambino's Spinning Off Pronto, Mister Lew's Taking Time to Find Himself

Posted By on Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 6:35 PM


Today in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.

click to enlarge Bacon and a shot at KoKo's: On the endangered list? - LOU BUSTAMANTE
  • Lou Bustamante
  • Bacon and a shot at KoKo's: On the endangered list?

Spin(off) zone: Tablehopper pounces on news of the Bar Bambino spinoff planned for the renovated ODC theater at 17th Street and Shotwell, called Pronto Cafe and Bakery. The pitch: three squares daily, including a lunch similar to the one Bar Bambino will cease offering as of Mar. 22.

• Meanwhile, Don Pisto's owner Pete Mrabe is contemplating a noodle and raw bar in North Beach with a name he's not ready to share. The pitch: pho, ramen, wok-tossed noodles, and half a dozen raw dishes, some with Mexican elements. Interesting.

• Finally from Tablehopper, Coi is axing its slightly more affordable lounge, remaking it as expanded dining space during a five-day closure starting April 2.

Insiders: Grub Street slips inside El Paseo in Mill Valley.

Tenderblog reports from inside Bourbon and Branch Tenderloin sibling Mister Lew's Win-Win Bar and Grand Sazerac Emporium, which it finds "an awesomely-named bar with a divey feel serving modern, classic cocktails and a few bottled beers. Also, it isn't really fully finished, this being more of a soft-opening until they define their concept." Also interesting.

• And Inside Scoop unfurls the home-movie screen and runs the Super 8 reel of Thomas Keller's recent travels.

Meanwhile, Eater begins mourning the expected death later this year of KoKo Cocktails. Where will SFoodie get its bacon swizzle? A sobering note to end Tuesday in the Buzz Machine.

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