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Monday, March 5, 2012

Gold Dust Lounge News, Cafe Coco Opens, Goodbye Trademark, Rex Cafe, and Thermidor?

Posted By on Mon, Mar 5, 2012 at 4:00 PM


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

What will become of the Gold Dust Lounge? Well, it may soon become a place to buy chinos. The SF Business Times reports Express is readying to move into the space after the signed 90-day termination notice lapses. While the Bovis family signed the agreement to vacate the bar they've owned for 40 years, they're not going down without a (legal) fight. As you'll remember from last month, Grub Street and other outlets reported the owners were filing an elder abuse suit against building owner John Handerly -- on the grounds he altered the lease over the years, reducing the termination notice from 18 months to 90 days. The lawyers of both parties are meeting this week.

The new, family-run Cafe Coco has softly opened, according to Richmond Blog SF. The restaurant has been open for about a week and is offering the usual fare of salads, sandwiches, and pastries. First-time restaurant owner Kamal Sulieman has also given the space a personal touch -- crafting the tables from reclaimed wood and naming the spot after his daughter (4201 Geary at Sixth Ave.).

The food-dense Valencia corridor is readying to welcome another restaurant. Grub Street discovers the new Indian restaurant, Gajalee, may open as early as next week.

With the new month comes a few closures: Inside Scoop discovers Thermidor was dark all weekend, and also notes 20-year-old Rex Cafe and Sausalito's Horizons have shuttered. Also, Trademark which has been under new ownership since early February, has closed until March 15 -- when it will reopen as the second location of Sauce.

The vodka well has gone dry at the Russian House. Grub Street discovers the phone is disconnected, and it looks as though the restaurant, which was slated to close, has now done so. Do svidaniya.

Grab your grocery getter, there is a new place to purchase a carton of milk: Haighteration notes Santa Clara Natural Organic Market is now open (798 Haight at Scott).

Changes behind the bar: Rich Higgins has left his Brewmaster post at Social Kitchen & Brewery to pursue his beer consulting business. Cheers!

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