OMG It's Pollo Campero! And Some Other Restaurant Gossip
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.
UrbanDaddy discovers The Royal Cuckoo (3202 Mission, 336-9140, www.royalcuckoo.com), 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.