Trick Dog Shakes Hands with Flour + Water, RNM is RIP
At Inside Scoop, Paolo L. gets wind that Scott Baird (15 Romolo) and Josh Harris, collectively known as the Bon Vivants (that's a business name, not something strangers call them off the cuff), as well as Jason Henton are starting up a bar in the massive food complex being constructed at 3000 20th Street. Other tenants will be new projects from Flour + Water and Humphry Slocombe. The forthcoming bar's name: Trick Dog. We could take that many, many, places, none of which would leave SFoodie's much-abused professional reputation intact.
Jay B. at Grub Street pegged it, then Inside Scoop confirmed it yesterday (we believed you in the first place, Jay, we swear): RNM is permanently closed.
Stacey F., also of Inside Scoop, learns that Original Joe's will not return to the fire-gutted Tenderloin space it long occupied but will instead take over the old Moose's/Joey and Eddy's space (1652 Stockton). The pitch: Same as it ever was, only not.
Just for the record, looks like Mission Beach Cafe's Bill Clarke is going public, naming Trevor Ogden, who's been running the line for the past six months, the official chef. Virginia M. at the Guardian sings Ogden's praises.
Thrillist confirms that Nombe (2491 Mission, www.nombesf.com) has opened its U-shaped snack bar for late-night chicken wings and okonomiyaki. (SFoodie reported that the snack bar was in the works last month.)