Rudy's Probably Can't Fail in Uptown, Criolla Kitchen Looks to the South

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

Inside Scoop reports Emeryville's popular Rudy's Can't Fail Cafe, co-owned by Green Day's Mike Dirnt, is expanding to Uptown in Oakland. The diner is set to open adjacent to (where else?) the Fox. With a private booth and VIP entrance to the theater, it should be perfect for rock stars who crave a bite of something before going on.

Also from Scoop, La Boulange has a new chef and menu for its Pier One space, due in the next three months. The blue-dressed French bakery will focus on seasonal items in a bimonthly menu rotation from chef Alain Bourgarde and owner Pascal Rigo.

And another pending opener, via Scoop: Cupola Pizzeria's June opening in the Westfield Centre is looking closer; Christian Hermsdorf has been named chef.

Eater gives the first peek inside Criolla Kitchen (2295 Market at Noe), following last Saturday's soft opening. Focused on soul food and its countries of origin, the menu is peppered with traditional Southern favorites. Criolla Kitchen is the first of two NOLA-influenced openings in May.

Grub Street mulls the closure of Le Club, which is looking more permanent now that chef Randy Lewis is focusing on Criolla Kitchen.

Also from Eater, L.A.'s popular Umami Burger chain is looking not just for spots in Oakland and the Marina, but also the Mission.

Bernalwood catches a puff whiff of the Cannabis and Coffee Club, proposed for 3139 Mission. Modeled after Amsterdam's brown cafes, it would have to adhere to city laws prohibiting minors and close by 10 p.m. No word on what type of coffee it'd serve, or if it's planning on offering, umm, munchies.

Uptown Almanac
noticed that Indian restaurant Maharaja closed Friday, and Mission Loc@l shares that last month's "temporary" closure of Weird Fish is looking more and more permanent.

And a lesson for all: Be careful what you bet on. Mission Mission reports that the owner of Dirty Thieves lost a wager, and as a result we'll all be meeting up for happy hour at the Blind Cat (same location, new moniker).

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