You've hopefully heard the good news about The Orbit Room's return, and about WesBurger finding a permanent home in The Mission. Then there's the ridiculous Sinbad's saga that won't end, and St. Vincent closing to revamp as more of a wine shop/wine bar. Here's what else you may have missed...
An interesting development for the Castro neighborhood stretch of Market where there are currently three shuttered restaurant spaces (Bombay Indian, Pesce, and Janchi/former Barracuda). Hoodline notes that a liquor license application has gone in for the Barracuda space at 2251 Market under the name Finn Town, with the owner listed as Richard Hamer. Finn Town was a nickname for the neighborhood back in the 19th century, when a lot of Finnish people lived there (and the Swedes who opened the Swedish American Hall). So, interesting... and highly doubtful that this will be a Finnish restaurant.
The downtown Pizza Orgasmica location at Embarcadero Center Two is rebranding as Gochees Pizza, in recognition of the owner's name, Gina Gochez, now that this location is under her sole control, as Hoodline tells us.
Meanwhile over in the Mission, as Capp Street Crap reports, some of the beloved, quirky sushi items from now shuttered Minako and chef Yoko Kondo can be bought at Duc Loi Market, so that's good news.
The Causwells team is expanding out of the Marina with their popular Americana burger, taking it to mid-Market with a small restaurant called Popsons. As Hoodline reports, they've inked a deal to move into a space at 998 Market in the Warfield building, right next to the venue, to feed some burgers to hungry concert-goers.
Nojo is back open in Hayes Valley, according to the Scoop, with a similar menu as before and under the management of opening chef Greg Dunsmore, however it is now owned by someone else. Come January, the place will get a makeover as a ramen shop.
Bluxome Street Winery, which by its very name has been identified with its SoMa alley, has now opened a fancier, less "urban" new tasting room where the tourists are, in Ghirardelli Square, as the Scoop tells us.
And the apparent disaster that was Dante's Table in the Castro, which closed back in May at 544 Castro Street, lingers on as an eviction notice goes up in its front windows. As Hoodline reports, as the business fell apart, the leaseholders were looking to sell the business and transfer the lease, which cost the landlord a bunch of money. Now he's evicting them and trying to recoup some of his losses.
This Week In Reviews
Michael Bauer's update for the week was at the recently in-flux 1760, where chef Carl Foronda recently took the reigns and has started introducing some more Filipino-style fare in the global/eclectic menu. When Bauer was there, the fried duck sandwich was still on the menu, and he still loves it. But he says the small plates are more focused and successful now, and the desserts are very refined. All told: two and a half stars.
And Mr. Bauer finds he's a huge fan of Dominique Crenn's new, more casual Petit Crenn in Hayes Valley, giving her three and a half stars and saying the restaurant "reaches deep into the soul of France." He says that at $72 for five courses including service charge, it's "a very good deal." He's a fan of the whole roasted fish, and the a la carte selections as well, and raves, "As Crenn greets diners and talks about her inspirations, there’s a nostalgic lilt in her voice that drives home the idea that this is food that touches her soul. It also touches mine."
In keeping with his recent trend, Pete Kane at the Weekly wastes no time in reviewing the brand new The Dorian in the Marina (his review of Petit Crenn dropped weeks ago), where he enjoys some butterbean hummus and steak tartare, but he's "a little perplexed by the mussels" and a little weirded out by some roast chicken that arrives with puffed rice on top that kind of looked like maggots. There are a lot of style flourishes here though too. "The French fries come in a glazed ceramic vessel in the shape of a fast-food fries container. Witty, sure, but the Royal Dorian mixes its message a bit: Is it fabulous or juvenile?"