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Friday, August 5, 2011

Shutdowns, History's Bar, Heart of Dixie, and Kim Alter's New Kitchen

Posted By on Fri, Aug 5, 2011 at 4:43 PM


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

The Health Department is on a roll this week -- a steamroller, that is. On Wednesday we shared the news that the Mission soup stand that serves free bowls to the homeless, Soup to Nuts, was shut down. Now Eater SF reports that officials put the kibosh on PizzaHacker last night. Next up? The kids' lemonade stand.

History is providing inspiration for the former Gravity space set to open as Reed and Greenough on Aug. 22. Eater SF shares that the owner Paul Owens had originally planned on calling the place Gypsy Tea Room and then Hudson, but uncovered the current name during renovations: The wood used to replace part of the 3251 Scott (at Chestnut) space after the 1906 earthquake and fire was looted from the vodka and gin distillery Reed & Greenough. The cocktail menu will reflect the former distillery's liquor creations, while the bar will sport "the fastest beer taps in town." We're thinking they're the ones designed by a UW Madison alumnus who was inspired to create the faster tap while standing in line for a beer at the student union.

It looks as though another Southern restaurant is slated for S.F. Grub Street shares chef Joseph Humphrey (formerly of Murray Circle) was handing out cards at a party last night for his upcoming restaurant, Dixie. While there's no confirmation that Dixie is indeed a Southern restaurant, the regional moniker and that Grub Street notes he was twittering from New Orleans last month points all signs to yes.

Since Kim Alter's sudden departure from Plate Shop in May, we weren't sure where she'd end up next. Now Eater SF shares, via Diablo Magazine, she'll be in the kitchen of Daniel Patterson's new Jack London Square restaurant. Look for a Northern California-focused menu and a November opening.

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