Ti Couz May Become Giordano Bros., Koko Cocktails Not Done Yet

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

As Ti Couz's closing date hangs in the air, Inside Scoop reports the space (3108 16th Ave. at Valencia) may have a buyer. Giordano Bros. has filed a liquor licenses for the address, but sandwich lovers should remain cautious -- the North Beach sandwich shop has taken tentative steps and retreated before.

Also from Inside Scoop, East Bay chefs Daniel Clayton and Trace Leighton are looking to open Origen (2826 Telegraph at Stuart) by late summer in the former Locanda da Eva space. The menu will include small plates, in line with their Pleasant Hill restaurant Nibblers, a full bar with a classic cocktail program, and a daily-changing prix-fixe menu.

Another opener reported by Inside Scoop is Napa's Royal Oak at Silverado (1600 Atlas Peak at Hardman), which will be serving its first dinner tomorrow since its winter closure in November. New chef Jeffrey Jake makes his debut with menu additions such as Stewart Ranch hamburgers and a foie gras torchon appetizer.

And from the Tender comes word that the 'Loin is not ready to give up the beloved Koko Cocktails so fast. The demise of the space will happen later this year when the California Pacific Medical Center moves in. But the owners are looking to move Koko to a location on Polk, rename it Hi Lo, and have a coffee window during the day. Will it happen? More news should be available after the public hearing at City Hall on May 5.

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