There's probably already a line forming at the new Hapa Ramen, even though it doesn't open to the public until Sunday, but there's actually plenty else that's been happening in the local food arena this week, on top of the news that Hawker Fare is headed to the Mission too.
First off, we get news via the Chronicle that the successful team behind Perbacco and Barbacco downtown are opening a "modern European brasserie" in the space next to Bloomingdale's that's currently home to Tom Colicchio's 'wichcraft (868 Mission Street). It doesn't have a name yet, but partners Umberto Gibin and chef Staffan Terje promise that it won't be Italian. They're aiming for a mid-2015 opening.
Next, over in Polk Gulch, we have the opening of Jackalope, a new bar from a couple of Soda Popinski's alums which takes over the recently shuttered Mark's Bar space at Polk and Post also formerly home to the original Lush Lounge. Eater has some photos, and they tell us that the little upstairs mezzanine is now a video game room, with vintage Sega and Nintendo systems.
We have an update on Aveline, of which chef Casey Thompson abruptly took her leave last week: A rep tells SFist that a concept change, and likely a name change, are probably in the cards, but it remains open as Aveline for now. Former executive sous chef Blake Askew has been named the executive chef and "he will continue to evolve the New Californian concept and approachable bar-exclusive menus in the coming months."
Michael Mina is changing things up and doing away with its a la carte menu. Chef Ron Siegel is now offering a four-course menu for $95 with choices made by the diner, and a $195 grand tasting menu as well. Also, tables have been removed, white tablecloths have returned, and they appear to be aiming for an even more upscale dining experience, as the Chron reports.
And, as Eater tells us, one San Francisco restaurant is going to get a guest-starring role on The Mindy Project in January. We saw earlier this week that Mindy Kaling and co. were here shooting, and apparently they used Epic Roasthouse for a dinner scene. Obviously: The Bay Lights will be lovely in the background.