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Thursday, September 1, 2011

The Eagle Tavern May Be Back, Liberty Cafe's Glory Days, and Dueling Izakayas

Posted By on Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 5:10 PM

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

The iconic Eagle Tavern may be serving beers again in no time. After shuttering at the end of April due to the landlord's refusal to renew the bar's lease, the Bay Citizen shares that this very same landlord, John Nikitopoulos, is now in the process of transferring a liquor license from the shuttered El Rincon to the Eagle site. Maybe he missed the bar after all? Fingers crossed for the Eagle's return.

New Owners: Liberty Café is off the market, and under the ownership of Vega Freemanbrady (of Vega Pizza). Inside Scoop reports she won't close the Bernal Heights café, but plans to spruce it up and, "bring it back to its glory days."

Dueling Izakayas: Grub Street shares an update on Namu Gaji, the izakaya slated for the corner of Dolores at 18th St; it's aiming to open at the end of the year, and will feature a take-out window. This may be new news to Yuko Hayashi, the first-time restaurateur who is planning to open Izakaya Yuzuki this October at the other end of the block at the "cursed" spot across from Tartine at 18th St. (at Guerrero). Grub Street points out that she may not know Namu Gaji is coming by her statement concerning the fact there's no other Japanese restaurant in the area. Will the space remain cursed? Time will tell.

Two shutters in the Mission: Grub Street shares, via the Uptown Almanac, that Booglaoos won't be serving up any of their biscuits and gravy for awhile. They've been shutdown by the Health Department due to a vermin infestation; no word yet on when they'll reopen.

Eater SF shares the permanent shutter of El Maya Yucatan. The space has already been taken over by Taqueria Vallarta, which has been operating in the space for about a week. The menu has remained relatively the same (2022 Mission at 16th St.).

We received word that the La Boulange at 222 Sutter (at Kearny) will indeed open later this month. And just a reminder that Park Tavern opens today (1652 Stockton at Filbert). Eater SF shares some snazzy pictures of the interior.

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