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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

111 Minna's Daily Lunch Transformation, Two Sisters and a Book, and Richard Blais is Coming!

Posted By on Wed, Jun 8, 2011 at 5:02 PM


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

From a nightclub, to an art gallery, and now, a lunch spot. Tablehopper reports starting in August, 111 Minna will play host to chef Josh Birch's lunch and happy hour restaurant, Da Bettina, named after his mom, who plays a more intricate role than just name inspiration. Her Bee Green Farm will also provide specialty ingredients for the menu that includes duck confit, salads, and baked pastas. Also operating out of a window at the 111 Minna space will be Birch's take-out "CSA lunch" program, Anna Bella, which involves dropping off old lunch containers and picking up new ones.

And because two restaurant ventures aren't enough, Tablehopper shares chef Birch, and business partner Hank Gold, will be taking over Tazza D'Amore and reopening it as Café Sophie. Expect pizza, sandwiches, baked goods, and a soft-opening around June 16.

Also from Tablehopper, Two Sisters Bar and Books, the place to check out a book and get a drink, is aiming for a late Summer opening. The sisters, Mikha Diaz and Mary Elliott, plan to expand into a full bar, book shop, and locally sourced foods restaurant.

Eater SF gives a peek at two restaurants opening today and tomorrow. First, a look at the Financial District location of Super Duper (721 Market at Third St.). The burger restaurant is large, airy, and industrial. Second, a look at Gingerfruit's menu. Opening in the old Pudong space (2029 Market at 14th St.), the menu contains an array of Asian-inspired tapas, and future plans include dim sum service. The dim sum-tapas combo is getting popular.

Inside Scoop reports on a couple new ventures. Scott Brennan (of Cafe Rogue's butcher shop) is starting his own charcuterie, Fifth Quarter. The East Bay is fast becoming the meat shop stop.

Also, another guest chef is coming to the Bay Area, this time former Top Chef runner-up Richard Blais will be at Brentwood's Frog Hollow Farms, for the "Peaches & Tango: A Dinner in the Orchard" event. Tickets are $345 (each!) and benefit Chez Panisse Foundation and the Edible Schoolyard. We're expecting liquid nitrogen masterpieces.

And because the City can't get enough BBQ, there's another joint readying to open. Mission Mission reports Southpaw BBQ is making progress at the space on Mission (at 17th St.), expect a traditional Southern BBQ menu when it opens.

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