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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

CatHead BBQ Replaces Big Nate's BBQ, Changes for Mission Rock and Lori's Diner

Posted By on Tue, Dec 27, 2011 at 4:30 PM

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

The cat's out of the bag. The team behind CatHead's BBQ let us know that starting Jan. 4 they'll be slinging BBQ out of (what is now the former) Big Nate's BBQ space. They're in the midst of a quick remodel, and will be back to serving inspired BBQ creations (Sweet tea BBQ chicken, anyone?) with Midwestern and Southern roots.

If you are dining near the ballpark, there's a good chance you're at one of Peter Osborne's restaurants (MoMo's, Pete's Tavern, and Pedro's Cantina). Now, there will be one more. Inside Scoop reports that Osborne is taking over Mission Rock on Jan. 1, with plans to shutter for a remodel and reopen this summer as Mission Rock Brewery and Oyster Bar.

After leaving Manresa in October, Belinda Leong's sweet creations were found at December morning pop-ups at Flour + Water. Now the new spot to grab her sweet creations will be the Ferry Building. Eater SF reveals, starting next month, she'll have a booth every Saturday in the hall space near Village Market. Look for the b. patisserie sign.

Goodbye Lori's Diner, hello Golden Gate Grill: The 1950s-esque diner currently sitting above Powell Street will close its doors in January, according to the SFGate blog. While the other locations will remain open, the owner, Man J. Kim, is closing the Union Square location as Walgreen's (currently below the diner) prepares to expand into the space. And while Kim gets ready to pack up this Lori's location, he has already set his sights on another restaurant in the old Press Club space: the Golden Gate Grill. The new restaurant will feature the eclectic memorabilia and art found in many of the Lori's Diner locations, and is slated to open in May.

Earlier we mentioned the Japanese to-go restaurant, Osome, was readying to bow out, and the space was slated to become an expansion of Fillmore's Pizza Orgasmica. Now, Eater SF reports that the new spot is slated to open in late Janaury or early February.

Two years is quite a wait, but that's what Estela's Fresh Sandwiches was looking at after the September fire in the lower Haight displaced the shop. And while they'll continue to wait on the space, they're getting back behind the deli board a whole lot sooner -- at a new location in Lower Nob Hill. Eater SF discovers they'll be back to creating lunchtime masterpieces in the old Cafe Prima Fila space early in the new year.

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