Going the way of almost every hotel restaurant in San Francisco, Union Square's Grand Café is closing its doors July 31 for a renovation and casual-ization. It will reopen later this year under a different name, with a different concept, and I'm putting $20 down that it will be "cocktail-driven" with a focus on "shareable small plates."

I'm making reference to recent hotel-restaurant transformations at the Ritz-Carlton, where the renowned Dining Room at the Ritz disappeared and became the more lounge-y and casual Parallel 37; and most recently, the cocktail-focused Dirty Habit replaced the much fancier Fifth Floor. (Sidebar: Try the smoked fondue!) It's a trend sweeping the nation of course — the eschewing of tablecloths, an obsession with comfort food, burgers, and cocktails — and perhaps it's just the case that no one really wants to dine in their hotel anymore unless it's a quick, casual bite. There is tons of competition across the city from more destination-worthy eating spots.

As Inside Scoop reports today, the plan is for something smaller at the Hotel Monaco, because the current, enormous dining area is going to be turned into a ballroom — which was actually the original use of the space. Details are still TBA, but the replacement will still be operated by the Kimpton Group, and will include a bar and restaurant. Stay tuned later this year for more. And you have exactly two months to go enjoy some classic escargot and cassoulet.

[Inside Scoop]