French Food in North Beach, Kink.com's Bar, and a Replacement for Skip's Tavern
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
After the cardboard box announcement, then learning of the world-traveling French couple behind it, the restaurant has arrived. Inside Scoop reports that Le Bordeaux (524 Union at Grant) opened yesterday; the 50-plus seat restaurant is serving prix-fixe lunch menus, buffet à volonté for brunch (Friday-Sunday), and other traditional French dishes for dinner.
First we read that porn company Kink.com is trying to convert part of the old Armory into a community venue by the end of the year. Now Grub Street discovers that Kink.com has been looking for a bar space and that the newly shuttered Ace's at 1799 Mission may be the spot. No word yet on an opening date, whether it will be open to the public, or if the name will be, well, you know, kinky.
In the Financial District, Inside Scoop brings word that Bamboo Asia is slated to open by mid-July. A casual restaurant, it will feature fare from India, Vietnam, and Japan. The best part may be that everything will be eight dollars.
Here's to the neighbors: Last night Bernal Heights residents got a sneak peek at the Lucky Horseshoe bar (opening in the former Skip's Tavern) during the Summer Solstice Stroll. Bernalwood reports the bar is finishing up construction, plans to open this Saturday, and is still in the process of securing the ever-elusive entertainment licenses for live music.
And out in the Richmond, community organizer Danielle Wood, is trying to drum up support for a farmers' market in a parking lot on Ninth Avenue at Clement. The Richmond District blog notes that neighbors' response has been ho-hum, and working with the Clement Street Merchants Association has been difficult. It appears to be at the make-or-break point.