OMG It's Pollo Campero! And Some Other Restaurant Gossip

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

Inside Scoop reports that Pollo Campero, the Guatemalan chicken chain, is partway through the process of opening a location at 2740 Mission (at 23rd St.). Don't call all your relatives to get them excited -- the deal's not certain, Scoop cautions. Does that mean the staff of Rico Pan will stop making Pollo Campero runs down to Los Angeles?

One deal that is done: Inside Scoop says the owners of Dogpatch's Yield Wine Bar have taken over the old CAV space and will reopen as Pause Wine Bar (1666 Market, Twitter: @pausewinebar) sometime in the next few weeks. 

Did Gordon Drysdale really open Verbena in downtown Oakland 10 years ago? SFoodie Googled our review of the place when it opened, checked the date, then ran sobbing to the bathroom to mourn our lost youth. In similarly sad news, Verbena's temporary closure is now permanent, reports Scoop.

LiveSoMa spots a "coming soon" sign in the 800 block of Mission for a local branch of Z Pizza, a national pizza chain. 

UrbanDaddy discovers The Royal Cuckoo (3202 Mission, 336-9140,, a new bar in La Lengua/SoCha/Lower Bernal. The pitch: booze, vinyl records, and taxidermy.

Two last Scoop gossip items, though both are several months away from happening: Boot and Shoe Service will be expanding next door, and the projected opening date for Piccino's larger space is now March. The latter has a new chef: Rachel Silcocks, a Nopa alumna.

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Yes. We are trying to bring Pollo Campero to the mission. I am working with Pollo Campero in placing a sit down style restaurant on mission and 24th. We spent the entire day yesterday at a planning commission hearing at city hall and the decision to allow Pollo to open up was suspended for another hearing in two months. This may cause the company to rethink this decision to open in San Francisco and not bring the 60-70 jobs to the mission that are desperately needed. Please anyone who would like a Pollo Campero in San Francisco, email the Planning Commission and let them know how much it is desired.Here is a link to the planning commission website with all of their contact information. you for your support!Sí. Estamos tratando de llevar Pollo Campero a la misión. Estoy trabajando con Pollo Campero en la colocación de un restaurante de estilo sentarse en misión y 24. Pasamos todo el día de ayer en una audiencia de la comisión de planificación en el ayuntamiento y la decisión de permitir la apertura de Pollo fue suspendido por una nueva audiencia dentro de dos meses. Esto puede causar a la empresa a reconsiderar esta decisión de abrir en San Francisco y no llevar el 60 a 70 puestos de trabajo a la misión que se necesitan desesperadamente. Por favor, alguien a quien le gustaría un Pollo Campero en San Francisco, el correo electrónico de la Comisión de Planificación y hacerles saber lo mucho que se desee.Aquí hay un enlace al sitio web de la comisión de planificación con todos sus datos de contacto. ...Gracias por tu apoyo!


Lo que molesta a la Comisión de Planificación es que Pollo Campero quiere poner en un patio que colindan con jardines de sus vecinos - obligándolos a hacer frente a los ruidos y olores de la cocina para 40 personas, 12 horas al día, 7 días a la semana. Si Pollo Campero fueron a caer esa parte de su plan, la mayoría de la oposición desaparecería. Además, Pollo Campero es una empresa enorme con cientos de millones de dólares. Su primera tienda de Los Angeles ganó $ 1.000.000 en 22 días. Y bueno para ellos - yo no estoy en contra de su dinero haciendo. Pero no nos engañemos: si la Comisión de Planificación dice que no a este patio o espacio de esto, ellos vendrán a San Francisco, con lo que sus puestos de trabajo con ellos, no importa qué. Simplemente hay demasiado dinero que se hace aquí.


What bothers the Planning Commission is that Pollo Campero wants to put in a patio that will abut neighbors' yards - forcing them to deal with the noise and odor of serving food to 40 people, 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. If Pollo Campero were to drop that part of their plan, most opposition would disappear. Further, Pollo Campero is a HUGE company with hundreds of millions of dollars. Their first LA store made $1,000,000 in 22 days. And good for them - I'm not against their making money. But make no mistake: if the Planning Commission says no to this patio or this space, they will come to San Francisco, bringing their jobs with them, NO MATTER WHAT. There is simply far too much money to be made here.


Pollo Campero may make great chicken; they do not make great neighbors. The proposed Mission Street location for Pollo Campero includes a patio abutting a number of yards on our block. We are part of a community group consisting of renters and homeowners - some for over a decade - on Bartlett Street in the Mission, directly behind the proposed location. Our yards - which are currently quiet, secluded, and peaceful - would be subject to noise and odor from Pollo Campero 7 days a week. We embrace San Francisco's mix of businesses and strongly support business growth. However, no restaurant patios border yards on Bartlett Street and this would be a huge and disruptive change to our neighborhood.

Jeff CluettBartlett StreetSF

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