Food Trucks Told to Disperse, Tipsy Pig's Latest Venture, and New Restaurants on the Scene

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

The cops shut down the month-old East Bay food truck gathering Bites on Broadway last Friday. Why? The combination of at least one complaint to the police and an ordinance on Oakland's books prohibiting food trucks from congregating. What the Fork reports the event's organizer Karen Hester says she had an informal okay from the city and OPD, but it appears when push came to shove, this wasn't enough and the police told the trucks to disperse. Hester remains optimistic that Bites on Broadway will be able to reappear, but when and where remains fuzzy.

The Tipsy Pig team has set its sights on another restaurant project, drawing attention to its unfinished plans for another spot. Grub Street reports the group (Sam Josi, Stryker Scales, and Nate Valentine) is taking over Yabbies Coastal Kitchen and opening the second location of Blue Barn Gourmet in its place. They remain mum on the burger shop, Flips & Floats, first mentioned in November.

Earlier we noted a restaurant named Manna was taking over Little Bangkok's Sunset spot. Now, Eater SF shares Manna (845 Irving at 10th Ave.) opened last week and serves Korean BBQ.

In SOMA, Tablehopper reports Sightglass (270 Seventh St. at Folsom), a cafe and roastery, is set to open July 11. The large, airy, industrial space will feature seating upstairs (to open in about a month) and baked goods from Tell Tale Preserve Co. and Hooker's Sweet Treats. Also from Tablehopper, Bernal Heights' Melody (3401 Mission at Eugenia) has soft opened. The menu consists of Lebanese, French, and Middle Eastern dishes.

While in the East Bay, Tablehopper shares three pending openers. Cosecha Café, a Cal-Mexican restaurant, will open in Oakland before the end of the week. And two new Japanese restaurants, Kiraku, a Japanese tapas restaurant, is slated for Berkeley while, via Chowhound, Geta will open an izakaya on Oakland's Piedmont Avenue.

A couple closures: Inside Scoop reports Swell, which opened two years ago in the former Bar Crudo space, closed a few weeks ago. The owner plans to reopen later this summer, and has already stripped the interior; no word yet whether the restaurant will be greatly different from the seafood-focused Swell. And in North Beach, Grub Street reports the bar Mojito is slated to shutter and morph into Tupelo.

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Maria Graham
Maria Graham

New restaurant: Crazy Pepper from David Deng (former owner, Wild Pepper)2257 San Jose Ave at Geneva, Balboa Park Station, easy on & off 280.David is a passionate chef, just returned from a long stay in China for culinary research.Please check his new place out!  Only 36 seats, lots of take-out, parking not too bad, transit friendly.  7 days, 11 to 10.  I am crazy about his new dish, Szechuan Grilled Butter Beef!!!OMG--heart attack on a plate with watercress, but who cares?  This is a really great little place!  website: crazypeppersf.com

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