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Thursday, June 2, 2011

Louis' Comeback, A Proxy Project Addition, and More Guest Chefs

Posted By on Thu, Jun 2, 2011 at 4:59 PM


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

Did another one bite the dust? Eater SF reports 78-year-old John Walker & Co., the city's oldest liquor and wine store, is shuttered. A sign in the window states it will be closed until "they're back in shape." The problem is, the store had been closed several weeks before the sign even appeared. Here's to hoping for a comeback.

While The Feast reports 73-year-old Louis' restaurant, sitting above the Sutro Bath ruins, is set to reopen just in time for peak tourist season on July 15. After facing permanent closure when its lease with the Golden Gate National Recreational Area expired last year, this family-owned restaurant bucks the folding trend among long-term San Francisco restaurants.

The Hayes Valley Proxy Project is getting ready to welcome its third tenant: Biergarten, the spinoff from Suppenkuche. Inside Scoop reports the 100-seat space, considerably larger than Ritual Roasters and Smitten, will feature six rotating beer taps and Bavarian food favorites (think bratwurst and pretzels).

Who is moving into the kitchen? Inside Scoop reports after spending five years as a private chef, the latest addition to pending steakhouse Bluestem Brasserie is pastry chef James Ormsby (of Jack Falstaff and PlumpJack Cafe). Grub Street shares Coi and Plum are welcoming England chefs Claude Bosi and Sat Bains for two collaboration dinners this month, Coi on June 17 and Plum the following night. It'll be a busy week for guest chefs.

Grub Street reports Bissap Baobab has shut for its move around the corner to the former Bollywood Cafe space (3372 19th St. at Mission). No reopening date announced yet. Also from Grub Street, reports of (possibly) a new bar, Revo, moving onto Upper Polk. No word yet on whether the Planning Commission gave it the okay today.

A month after the SOMA fire that gutted 1044 Folsom, LiveSOMA checks in with former tenant, Moya Ethiopian Restaurant & Cafe. There's no progress on moving to a new or interim space, but the owners hope to reopen in the building or at least stay in SOMA.

And it appears those waiting for the Divisadero location of Bi-Rite will have to wait a little longer. Haighteration reports the opening is pushed back from September to January, due to the space's buildout. On the bright side, when the market and creamery finally open, they'll be housed under the same roof.

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