Tell Tale's Maiden Lane Space a No Go, Mission Bowling Club to Resuscitate the Mission Burger
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.
Tablehopper broke the news that Tell Tale Preserve Company's search for a home base continues. William Werner's pastry shop has been destined for a Maiden Lane space for more than a year, but project costs eventually drove Werner and his partners away. While Tell Tale looks for a new building, you can still find all its goodies, including the magical Rebel Within, at the Tuesday and Saturday Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and at the Tell Tale Trunk Show at Big Daddy's Antiques (1550 17th St. at Wisconsin).
Tablehopper also dishes about two pending openers: Sommer Peterson and Molly Bradshaw's Mission Bowling Club Restaurant, complete with a six-lane alley, is slated to open in spring 2012. Anthony Myint (Mission Chinese Food, Commonwealth) is creating the menu, which will include the famed Mission Burger from his days operating a stand out of the Duc Loi Market.
The second opening is Bluestem Brasserie (1 Yerba Buena Lane, at Market), which is homing in on an early summer opening. Newly named executive chef Sean Canavan, formerly of the Left Bank in Larkspur, is planning a brasserie menu with a focus on using whole animals.
Inside Scoop gives word that the Financial District's Pasta Bene has shut its doors after 20 years. Tucked down Hardie Place, near Kearney, Pasta Bene cites the causes for the closure as rising food prices, the aging building space, and lack of foot traffic. Its newer Berkeley location (2565 Telegraph at Blake) will remain open.
If you're looking for Japanese snacks you've been unable to find in Nijiya Market, Inside Scoop also reports that the Japanese company Calbee will be opening its only U.S. location in the Westfield Centre (865 Market at 5th St.) this summer. Dried seaweed snacks as far as the eyes can see.
According to Grub Street, Tacolicious will go in front of the Planning Board tomorrow to discuss its pending Mission location in the now-defunct New College building at 714 Valencia. Inside Scoop originally reported that the restaurant was hoping for a late spring or early summer opening; no word yet if this has changed.
Our last Buzz Machine item today comes from Eater SF. The newly named Churchill bar (198 Church, at 14th St.), from the owners of Bloodhound and Double Dutch, will open at in approximately two weeks. Mike Goebel, Anthony Healy-London, and Darren Brunson are working with the designers who created the interior of Bloodhound; Churchill will feature leather and earthy elements of steel, wood, and canvas.