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Monday, July 30, 2012

Mission Rock & Oyster Bar, Pretty Please Bakeshop, and Shanghai -- Ready to Open

Posted By on Mon, Jul 30, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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The latest gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.

The team behind Mission Rock Resort & Oyster Bar let us know they're opening the doors to the Mission Bay restaurant August 10. Expect sustainable seafood, waterfront views, a long oyster list, and an extensive bar program.

Also opening early next month: Tablehopper shares the news that Pretty Please Bakeshop will start churning out sweet treats in the foggy reaches of the Richmond District the first week of August, while Eater SF notes Shanghai, the new Castro restaurant from Francis Tsai, plans to open its doors on August 15.

The ever-popular Brenda's is expanding to Fillmore, but Eater SF says that the po'boy shop won't debut for approximately another six months. So no getting out of the never-ending brunch line yet.

Hey dessert lovers, you'll have to wait for Top Chef: Just Desserts winner Yigit Purit's Sweet Tout. Eater SF says the Union Square cafe and patisserie is now expected to open September 8. Blame it on construction problems.

Changes in the kitchen: Inside Scoop divulges another Google employee perk (besides free laundry services and cool bikes) the cafeteria - if you can even call it that - will welcome chef Armando Justo, whose last day at Chotto is Saturday. They also note Rachel Sillcocks, who recently left Piccino, is slated to become the new chef at Range. And Eater SF discover there's a new pastry chef at Saison - Shawn Gawle, who is coming from New York's Corton.

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Sam Wo Closes and Nopalito's Inner Sunset Opening

Posted By on Thu, Apr 19, 2012 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.

After 100 years in Chinatown, the beloved late night hot spot Sam Wo is set to close this weekend. SFoodie named the spot "Chinatown's most charming dive." Owner David Ho told Inside Scoop "the building is too old. It's very sad." Last chance to snag a rice-noodle roll will be Friday. Read more on SFoodie's heartbreak on this tragic news.

The new location of Nopalito brings its familiar crispy crust to Irving Street on Monday. Any upgrades? A menu item special to this Inner Sunset location is the new seared trout dish-- Eater SF has the deets.

Last night Marbella on Polk Street opened for dinner, according to Tablehopper. The Spanish-inspired restaurant is the perfecto spot for tapas and handmade drinks with fresh juices-- a refreshing option among Polk Street's madness.

7x7 has found a food editor to fill the shoes of Sara Deseran after she jumped ship earlier this year to write for San Francisco Magazine. Tablehopper's Marcia Gagliardi will be filling the slot of contributing food editor at 7x7. Scoop reports the new editor's first issue will hit stands in June.

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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Akiba and Mariposa Baking's Sweet Treats, and Drinks at Stanza, Tradition to Follow

Posted By on Thu, Apr 12, 2012 at 4:15 PM

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

Something sweet: The Richmond Blog discovers a new Japanese dessert shop, Akiba (3141 Clement at 32 Ave.). And yes, there are crepes.

Mariposa Baking Company is also serving sweet treats from its new Ferry Building location, according to Inside Scoop. They moved their gluten-free baking operations into the former Prather Ranch space. Yum.

Inside Scoop has a list of pending restaurants readying to open this spring. Next up? The second Nopalito is set to open on April 23.

Want to buy a cafe? Hayeswire discovers Momi Toby's Revolution Cafe is on the market. It's a just a cool $149,000.

The group behind Local Edition (opening today!) hasn't forgotten about their other space at 441 Jones (at Ellis). The former home of Mister Lew's Win Win Bar & Grand Sazerac Emporium will reopen as Tradition. Inside Scoop says to expect an opening in a few weeks.

Coco-luxe, which added wine and the moniker Coco-vine, is now Stanza. Uppercasing discovers the wine bar and coffee shop opened yesterday (1673 Haight at Cole).

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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Open: Namu Gaji, Chez Berlue, and Kippu; Perilla and Local Edition Follow Tomorrow

Posted By on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 at 2:00 PM

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

The foodie world has been abuzz for the last week, talking about Namu Gaji's opening day - and it has finally come (499 Dolores at 18th St.). Grub Street shares a peek at the menu, in case you want to peruse your options before getting a table.

There's a new place to grab a glass of wine and some French food in Cow Hollow. Tablehopper says Chez Berlue, the French market and wine bar, is now open daily (1749 Union at Octavia).

Japantown welcomes a new restaurant: Kippu. Grub Street notes the restaurant is in it's soft phase, but one diner attests to some pretty good short ribs (1707 Buchanan at Sutter).

Eater SF discovers Perilla is readying to open its third location in the Richmond District. Diners can grab a seat at the latest outpost of the Vietnamese restaurant starting tomorrow (5423 Geary at 18th Ave.).

New place to grab a drink: Tablehopper shares Local Edition, located in the basement of the Hearst Building, will also open tomorrow. The large space can fit over 100 drinkers! That's a lot of boozers in an underground space. It accepts reservations and walk-ins (691 Market at Third St.). Cheers!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Burritt Tavern, Fork, and Mediterranean Cafe Open, Marbella Readies

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

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

Openings: Charlie Palmer's latest project, the Burritt Tavern, officially opens today (417 Stockton at Sutter). Grub Street shares a peek at the American menu that will usher in the first dinner service.

Another, more casual, American eatery is also opening today. Eater SF discovers Fork, the long awaited replacement to the Castro's shuttered Fuzio is dishing fare for all three meals of the day (469 Castro at 18th St.).

And yet, another restaurant is open -- this one in the foggy reaches of the Sunset District. Eater SF notes Mediterranean Cafe (originally called Falafel Jumanh) is serving up the deep-fried chickpea patties, with the works, at their small spot (3848 Judah at 43rd Ave.).

Readying: Marbella, the Spanish restaurant slated for Polk Street is on track to open April 18, according to Eater SF and Grub Street. Expect tapas, small-medium plates (for sharing!), and paella.

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Thursday, April 5, 2012

Local's Corner Readies, Teavana and Ghiradelli in the Mall, and Cerverceria de MateVeza this Weekend

Posted By on Thu, Apr 5, 2012 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.

Those looking forward to Local's Corner opening can plan on stopping by for dinner service starting April 17. But before then, their origin restaurant, Local: Mission Eatery, will have an extra night of dinner service as of next week.

The Westfield Centre has a couple new places to refuel between rounds of Mall Madness. The mall-squad let us know the Teavana tea shop has opened as well as the Ghiradelli Ice Cream & Chocolate Shop. And for the restaurants outside of the food-court arena, the pending "under the Dome" restaurant from Martin Yan, M.Y. China, is still slated to open in late Summer, and La Boulange de Dome is on track to open before the end of Spring.

Openings: Tablehopper discovers Cerverceria de MateVeza's opening day is slated for Saturday (3801 18th St. at Church). Did you hear that Dolores Park revelers? Caffeinated brews and empanadas!

It's hard to turn down a deli sandwich -- no matter how full we are. And Tablehopper notes SOMA residents will soon have to deal with the temptations of 1058Hoagie (from the Deli Board team). Sandwiches will be available via take-out and bike deliveries (Tablehopper speculates the delivery service will coincide with Giants' game nights).

Closing/opening: Frjtz, the place to get crepes and fries, is closing its Hayes Valley location at the end of the month. Inside Scoop shares the owners are going to focus their efforts on the Mission District Frjtz, and have sold the Hayes Street space. Expect a film noir and jazz themed spot, with a full food menu, beer and wine, and the moniker Noir. No opening date as of yet.

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Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Panchita's #3 Under Fire, Francis Ford Coppola Sues, Hakkasan Heads to S.F., and More

Posted By on Wed, Apr 4, 2012 at 4:00 PM

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

A growing number of S.F. restaurants are having a hard time figuring out the easy fact that they need to pay employees properly. Mission Local has news on the latest restaurant under fire: Panchita #3, which was the site of a protest yesterday evening. Could this be another lawsuit?

Speaking of, here's a way to avoid suing people -- don't trademark common phrases. Inside Scoop reports, via Bloomberg, that Francis Ford Coppola is suing the Novato restaurant Tavola Italian Kitchen over the phrase "a tavola," which means "to the table" and is a reference to family-style dining. Coppola claims ownership of the phrase and probably also wants a dollar every time anyone is appointed a newly baptized child's "godfather."

Soon you'll be able to buy expensive Chinese food in S.F. Inside Scoop confirms the fancy-pants international restaurant-chain Hakkasan will indeed open a location at One Kearny -- they've even started construction. No opening date as of yet.

Throwing flour: While Eater SF notes La Boulange looks to continue its baked-goods expansion into the Sunset District, Inside Scoop reports Arizmendi Bakery is looking to keep it out of the neighborhood. Not enough carb eaters out there?

Starting on Monday, Maestro, the French-American restaurant will soft open for lunch. Eater SF give a sneak peek at their soft launch menu -- expect everything from escargot to burgers (555 Golden Gate at Van Ness).

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Jean-Pierre Moullé to Retire from Chez Panisse; Shutters: Pastores, Dibb's, West Portal Bakery

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 4:09 PM

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

Since the doors opened in 1975, chef Jean-Pierre Moullé has been a pillar of Alice Waters' Chez Panisse. Now, he's readying to retire his apron and step out of the kitchen, according to Inside Scoop. Replacing his seasonal (six-month rotation) in the kitchen will be cafe chef Cal Peternell. Of course, after 37 years, he'll not leave the restaurant entirely. In her statement Waters notes that he'll still pop into the kitchen for special events, and remain a part of the Chez Panisse teaching kitchen.

Bernal Heights' Pastores has served its last chile relleno. Grub Street discovers the space will reemerge under new ownership as the Cave Grill.

Over at West Portal Bakery, it looks as though the ovens have gone cold. Eater SF notes the papered windows and disconnected phone line, which don't point to a short-term closure.

And Eater SF also learns, via a reader, it looks like the Western Addition BBQ joint Dibb's is gone. A neighboring business owner says the new owners are opening an Indian and Pizza-focused joint in the space.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Fune Ya Japanese's IRS Problems, Why Criolla Kitchen Closed, and La Barca Shutters

Posted By on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 at 4:15 PM

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

Fune Ya Japanese Restaurant is in hot water in with the IRS -- marking the third Richmond District restaurant in recent months to head to court. SFGate reports cash receipts in boxes marked "seasoned octopus" were never reported to the IRS. This bust is on the heels of Pho Clement's court order to pay overtime pay to former employees, and John Campbell's Irish Bakery's pending lawsuit also involving employee pay. Oh, and if those three weren't bad enough, there was also that Chris Hansen bust of Lincoln Park Market, where the employee pocketed a winning lotto ticket. All other restaurants should take this as a warning to stay on the straight-and-narrow.

Speaking of the law, Grub Street learns the reason behind Criolla Kitchen's sudden shutter was due to one -- or more -- lawsuits filed by their produce supplier. Rumor has it the lawsuit(s) was due to a contract dispute between the parties.

After nearly half-a-century, La Barca closed its doors over the weekend. Inside Scoop discovers the new owners' plans are underway, and they aren't Mexican focused. Adiós La Barca.

We never thought much about sexy features of brick-and mortar restaurants, but apparently Wo Hing General Store is hot. Details lists the restaurant among the "10 Sexiest New Restaurants in America."

And the Pizzeria Delfina team let us know the parklet parked outside their restaurant will open this Friday -- marking the first of its kind to plunk down in Pacific Heights.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Yigit Pura May Head to Macy's and the International Food Court's Future

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2012 at 4:10 PM

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

Those waiting to find out where Yigit Pura's Tout Sweet patisserie will pop-up this Summer may be able to buy a blender or a cardigan sweater alongside the sweet treats. SFGate thinks they've figured out exactly where his Union Square sweet shop will be -- in Macy's.

It looks as though the Financial District's International Food Court may rise from the ashes of its 2008 fire. Gary Soup discovers a "coming soon" sign in one window, and after a little detective work is told to "come back next month."

Even those in the foggier parts of the City love their ice cream, and the Richmond District's beloved Joe's Ice Cream is readying to pass off the scooper to different hands. The Richmond Blog discovers long time owners (33 years!) Mutsuhiko and Aki Murashig are selling the shop to new owners; their last day is Friday.

Giola Pizzeria is readying to make its leap across the bay. Eater SF discovers the S.F. outpost of the Berkeley restaurant is on track to open in April, and will have about 50 seats, which is quite different from their flagship, which focuses mainly on take-out.

Food Truck News: Hayeswire notes tonight is the debut of its Thursday night Off the Grid (Octavia at Linden).

Grub Street notes a Mission Vietnamese restaurant, Cafe Grill Bar Vietnamese Cuisine, has a new moniker: Pho Tam Thu.

Moving: Inside Scoop reports Victoria Pastry Company is readying to move. But don't expect the North Beach bakery to travel far -- they're working on staying in the same neighborhood and hope to create a kitchen space where customers can sneak a peak at the bakers.

Pending: Eater SF locates a forthcoming restaurant across from the Transamerica building. Machka will offer wine and meze, but when is still unknown.

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