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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Marina Crowd's Mission Refuge, Bankruptcy, and the Switcheroo

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 4:55 PM


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

A small slice of the Marina in the Mission, Medjool, will go before the planning commission over its rooftop bar. Eater SF shares, via Mission Mission, that if the owner, Gus Murad, receives approval at the Sept. 8 meeting, guys in button-up, banker-blue shirts will be back to drinking on the roof in no time. Eater SF also shares that it looks like the whole place may be for sale.

Andronico's, the overpriced specialty grocery store chain, has filed for bankruptcy. Inside Scoop reports Renovo Capital LLC is in talks to take over the chain's seven stores, which includes the Inner Sunset location on Irving (at Funston.)

An open and shut case: LiveSOMA reports the less-than-five-month-old Original Line Up Bar and Restaurant has shuttered. Maybe it was because of their $11 tacos or $7 beers. Meanwhile, Inside Scoop reports Pizzeria (659 Valencia at 18th St.) is up for sale. Earlier we mentioned the next door NY Buffalo Wings' space was up for sale (665 Valencia at 18th St.). Juned Shaikh plans to keep both open until a buyer comes forward.

Chef news: Inside Scoop reports Grand Café's new kitchen addition is chef Alicia Jenish (Revival, Lark Creek Group). Her menu, expected to launch in November, will focus on "modern French brasserie."

With the addition of chef Nick Balla and his Hungarian dishes, it seemed Bar Tartine may have been heading towards a name change, but today Grub Street confirms that it will keep its current moniker.

A Freaky Friday, of sorts: The Feast reports a food truck will become a brick-and-mortar and visa versa. Oakland's No Worries Vegan Cuisine will close up shop and reemerge as a food truck, while via What the Fork, the food truck Primo's Parilla has put the brakes on its mobile unit to focus on opening a restaurant.

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