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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday Nine: The Myriad Opens, Crisis in Yosemite

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Plus Little Baobab and the Yard at Mission Rock reopen while Sweet Woodruff closes, and Ike's expands in the East Bay.

The Myriad — The Other Myriad — Is Open
Tablehopper reports that The Myriad — which is the marketplace at 2175 Market Street, and not Myriad Gastro Pub on Mission that's been around for about six months now — has finally opened. Inside the 4,000-square-foot space is a shipping container bar called Mrs. Jones, food stands Antonik's BBQ, juice bar Raw, Homestead Cookies, and Cro Cafe. There's a few other non-food busineses, such as a cell phone repair shop, and room for at least six more vendors

Yosemite Concessions Naming Situation Gets Weird
The New York Times reports that since an outgoing concessions company called Delaware North trademarked "Yosemite National Park," "The Wawona Hotel," and other well-known names associated with the most famous national park in California — the state with the most national parks — employees of the new concessionaire, Aramark, have to stick black tape over a bunch of signs until it all blows over. This is pretty Shkreli-esque, holding the national heritage hostage like that. But Delaware North thinks of itself as the "whipping boy" for a more arcane dispute: "Delaware North says the issue of the trademarked names is a red herring designed to distract from its claims on a wide range of intangible assets that the company has accumulated during its time managing the park, including web domain names and databases of customers." What-ever.

Ike's Opens in Emeryville
The Bay Area sandwich chain Ike's has opened at 1333 Powell St. with two $9.99 sandwiches, according to Inside Scoop, that are unique to the Emeryville location: a Toy Story 4 (veggie bacon, sweet ranch, and jack cheese) and a Crazy Stupid Love (chicken fried steak, Ike’s sweet ranch, and Swiss cheese). Better still, Ike's will be opening in Berkeley soon enough.

Sweet Woodruff Closes March 31
Inside Scoop reports that the four-year-old Sons & Daughters spin-off Sweet Woodruff (798 Sutter) will close at the end of March. Proprietors Teague Moriarty and Matt McNamara were unable to realize their ambitions by securing outdoor seating, so they'll close the cafe to focus on Sons & Daughters, The Square, and Dark Hill Farm in the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Little Baobab Reopens Friday
Capp Street Crap caught that Little Baobab (3376 19th St.), which closed in May 2013 following a kitchen fire, will reopen this Friday at 5 p.m., with expanded hours. Anybody who pulls through after those circumstances deserves congratulations, but after the news that Liverpool Lil's wouldn't be reopening post-conflagration, we're doubly happy.

The Yard at Mission Rock Returns March 25
Having been temporarily closed since Feb. 15, The Yard at Mission Rock will be back in operation at the end of the month with a bunch of changes: Belcampo Meat Co. will replace The Whole Beast, Creperie Saint-German will replace the food trucks, and. According to Hoodline, the Anchor beer garden isn't going anywhere, though — at least not until 2018, when the site is destined for redevelopment.

Italy Might Crack Down Harder on Olive Oil Counterfeiting
Olive oil is replete with widespread fraud, much of it coming from producers who adulterate their products and slap a 100 percent Italian sticker on it. Italy may start to push back, according to the New York Times.

Aziz Ansari (Re)Discovers India
Here's a delightful first-person account from Aziz Ansari of encountering India through food after having been there only a couple of times: "In Italy, you know you’ve found a truly authentic restaurant when they don’t have an English menu. In India, it’s when there are no utensils and you must eat with your hands." While he connects with his roots, he also goes to KFC and gets a "chizza."

Italian Chef in Hot Water for Cooking Pigeon on Air

I knew swans were royally protected in the U.K., but via Munchies, apparently the EU doesn't like you cooking wild pigeons, either. (It is perfectly legal to cook a farmed squab, however.)


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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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