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Monday, January 9, 2012

Sweet Woodruff Opens, Gold Dust Lounge's Fight to Stay, and the Next Umami Burger

Posted By on Mon, Jan 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM


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

The new carry-out restaurant Sweet Woodruff, from the team behind Sons & Daughters, will officially open tomorrow. Eater SF shares they started limited service over the weekend, and their rustic menu of savory and sweet dishes include picks from their own garden and bread made fresh daily. There's a few counter seats for those who are too starved to make it back to the office without eating (798 Sutter at Jones).

It looks as though Union Square's Gold Dust Lounge may be forced to shutter this Spring. Inside Scoop reports the landlord wants to evict the bar as early as as March, which is three years before the lease is up. Why? Apparently there are larger sums of money to be made off a Chicago-based clothing company. Gold Dust Lounge owner Tasios Bovis is currently in the works to appeal to City Hall.

Umami Burger's Northern California expansion continues with the next outpost across the Bay Bridge. Inside Scoop discovers the LA chain will open a location in Oakland at 2100 Franklin (just a couple blocks from Lake Merritt, near the Paramount Theater.) No opening date as of yet.

A reader first alerted us to the closure of Chevy's on Van Ness, and now Inside Scoop confirms there's only two "Fresh Mex" restaurants left in S.F.

iThai (720 Post at Jones) and and Cathead's BBQ (1665 Folsom at 12th St.) are now open, according to Inside Scoop. As you may recall, iThai is in the former Caffe Bella Venezia space, and Cathead's BBQ has replaced Big Nate's BBQ.

Pending: Back in June we shared, via Tablehopper, that one of the three retail spaces at 740 Valenica was slated to become a store outpost of Dandelion Chocolate. Now, Good Taste says that the chocolate shop should be open by late Spring or early Summer.

The Wingstop franchise is readying to open two more Bay Area locations, one in Oakland, and the other in the Bayview neighborhood. Eater SF reports that the all-things-wings restaurant is preparing to open the latest chain outpost at 5698 Third St. (at Carroll). No word yet on opening date for either location.

Both Central Kitchen and Salumeria are still in the construction phase, but Grub Street has a sneak peek inside the hardhat zone. The Flour + Water team behind the restaurants say that Central Kitchen should be open by late February, while the next-door sandwich shop, Salumeria, should open closer to late March.

Rosa Mexicano's S.F. outpost isn't open yet, but the restaurant is already seeing changes. The national chain has hired chef Jonathan Waxman (Top Chef and Chez Panisse) as "chef in residence," according to Grub Street. He'll oversee the dishes going onto the menu of each location; the City can expect to see it's revised menu (and opening) sometime this year, right now their sights are set on June.

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