Willie Brown Knows Food, More Changes for Chains, and Japanese Snacktion

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

It appears that everyone is jumping on the reality show bandwagon, and former Mayor Willie Brown is no exception. Grub Street reports, via Inside Scoop, that he was in L.A. pitching a series that (on some level) involves food, specifically celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck. Curious, no?

Also from Grub Street, Dalva and its Hideout are temporarily closed for renovations; they'll be back to serving cocktails this Friday.

Restaurant chains are going through some major changes. San Francisco Business Times reports the latest chain news: Roark Capital Group recently closed a deal for an unspecified sum to buy Il Fornaio (American) Corp., which owned 119 of its namesake restaurants, including the one near Embarcadero (1265 Battery at Grennwich). This marks Roark's 10th restaurant group purchase. Others include food court favorites Cinnabon, Auntie Anne's Pretzels, and Arby's.

Get that drink before it moves: Inside Scoop reports Kevin Diedrich is leaving the Burritt Room on June 24 to become the bar manager at Jasper's Corner Tap & Kitchen, which is slated to open in July.

The Feast reports Calbee, the popular Japanese snack store, has set its Westfield Centre opening date: July 10. The first U.S. outpost of the chain will be offering much more than just the popular Snapea Crisps.

Eater SF shares an update on the vacant former Tortas El Primo space. If the Planning Commission allows, it's to become Joey n Bats Coffee and Bakery, a small (15-seat) cafe.

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