Safeway May Pour Wine, A Haunted Bar, and the Second Nopalito

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

Wine tasting at Safeway? Maybe. Haighteration reports there is an "Instructional Tasting" liquor license application pending for the Castro Safeway (2020 Market at Dolores). While no one at this location would confirm it, there are wine-tasting stations popping up at Safeways around the U.S. There's even one in Livermore.

We've heard of haunted houses, even hotels, but this may be the first haunted bar we've come across. Eater SF shares, via the Mercury News, that the Financial District's Rickhouse is supposedly haunted, with the basement being the most ghostly. As long as the ghosts keep their hands (do ghosts have hands?) off our drinks, we don't mind them.

Tablehopper has the scoop on the pending openers: Nopalito chose the Inner Sunset as the site of its second location. It will open this fall in the former Bistro 9 space (1224 Ninth Ave. at Lincoln), which is considerably larger than the Lower Haight location; there's also talk of a smoker and outdoor patio.

After a long delay because of the permit process, House 530, from the son of the Thai House Express family, is slated to open in the Inner Mission this September (530 Valencia at 16th St.).

Also from Tablehopper, Martin Yan's new restaurant slated for the Westfield Centre in 2012, M.Y. China (formerly titled Noodle Revolution), will feature an open kitchen, where diners can watch the chefs pull noodles and make dumplings.

And Canela, the Spanish-influenced small-plates restaurant coming to the Castro, will also serve as a relaxed coffeeshop and should be open in about six weeks (2272 Market at 16th St.).

And because S.F. can't get enough burgers, Tablehopper shares Pearl's Deluxe Burgers' second location is slated to open in SOMA during late August (on Sixth St. at Market). Burger-loving Trekkies, rejoice! Co-owner Sylvia Yi shares the look is "comfortable diner meets Star Trek."

Burger lovers can now also grab a burger at Decks (817 Terry Francois at Mariposa), the Kelly's Mission Rock replacement, which Eater SF shares has already been open for a month.

And over in Noe Valley, there's another window note: First we mentioned Drewes Bros. Meats had a sign encouraging customer patronage. Now Noe Valley SF shares there's a posting at St. Clair's Liquors about drumming up support to halt the liquor license the nearby Whole Foods has applied for. Again, commenters give their two cents on how St. Clair's can cope. Hint: prices, selection, and service.

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