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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Wednesday Four: Openings, Openings, Openings

Posted By on Wed, Dec 9, 2015 at 3:00 PM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Everything is opening. Plus, how restaurants fight plagues of nasty Yelp reviews and some weird coffee news out of (where else?) Florida.

There has been a rather astounding number of opening announcements in the past 24 hours.

904 Valencia Street was Chocolatier Blue for awhile, but now that that ice cream shop and confectioner is gone, it's going to become the latest location of Smitten Ice Cream, as Inside Scoop's Paolo Lucchesi caught.

Lucchesi also noted that Souvla, the wonderful Greek restaurant in Hayes Valley that I recommend left and right, is opening its second location where Herbivore used to be on Divisadero, sometime in mid-2016.

Eater discovered that the former Incanto space at 1550 Church will become Telmo Faria's 75-seat Portuguese restaurant Uma Casa sometime around summer 2016.

According to Hoodline, the second location of Bite Me Sandwiches will open in the former Bar Vero space at 4230 18th Street in the Castro.

Although it was supposed to debut in August, the first S.F. location of Singapore chain VeganBurg is finally opening this Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1466 Haight Street, according to 7x7.

KTVU reports that the long-hibernating Hibernia Bank on Market Street and might become a club. (Nerdy fact: "Hibernia" is the Latin name for Ireland, because the Ancient Romans whose empire extended to southern Britain, considered Ireland to be the land of endless winter. This is ample fodder for a prospective venue to play off of.)

Kyle Itani of upscale Oakland diner Hopscotch will open Itani Ramen, a 49-seat ramen bar across the street from the Fox Theater at 1736 Telegraph Avenue, according to the Business Times.

Hoodline found that the underserved Western Addition is getting a grocery store at 555 Fulton Street now that Oregon's New Seasons Market is going in on the ground floor after a long delay.

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Coffee Washes Up on the Florida Coast
Man, Florida has the best news. A barge full of vacuum-sealed Cafe Bustelo coffee and coffee cans lost some of its cargo last week, and it's all washing up near Cape Canaveral. (It's cute, but according to the Tampa Tribune, one of the lost shipping containers also contained batteries. Yikes.)

Years After Years of Chicken, Right at Your Fingertips!

Sometimes Upstate New York gives Florida a run for its money. A father-son crime duo bilked $41,000 worth of chicken wings from a restaurant wholesalers in a very gradual, low-yield enterprise. Why not, like, one diamond? 

Fighting Shitty Yelp Reviews
When a Southern California restaurateur faced an onslaught of one-star reviews over portion sizes and pricing, he fought back. The New York Times took a look at how small restaurants can combat the scourge of Yelp hate. (Interestingly, while Yelp's software picks out enraged political rants, a la Cecil the Lion and the dentist, it also filters out revenge from disgruntled employees.)
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Peter Lawrence Kane

Peter Lawrence Kane is SF Weekly's Arts Editor. He has lived in San Francisco since 2008 and is two-thirds the way toward his goal of visiting all 59 national parks.


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