Two Pig Places, Cafe des Amis' Latest Change, and More

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The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
Oddly enough S.F. is welcoming two pig-named restaurants to the scene. Grub Street reports Castro's Nirvana is set to close, and will be replaced by The Dancing Pigs (544 Castro at 18th St.), no word yet on a projected opening date or concept behind the name. Mission Mission gets a few more details on Pig and Pie, the restaurant slated for the old Discolandia space (2962 24th St. at Alabama). It's pretty much what we thought: handmade sausages and homemade pie.

Another pending opener: Eater SF shares that the Beachside, a restaurant from the team behind the Outer Sunset's Java Beach, looks to be approaching its opening day. San Francisco Citizen shares a snapshot of the new sign (4300 Taraval at 48th Ave.).

Cafe des Amis sees another chef enter the kitchen in less than a year, and the changes are already rolling in. Inside Scoop reports Mark Sullivan (of Woodside's Village Pub and Spruce) has tweaked the menu and put the front of the house under a new general manager, Joseph Hechmi. Expect a "complete overhaul" of the menu by October.

Here's some food for thought: Inside Scoop reports Hayes Valley Bakeworks (Gough at Fulton), a café from the local nonprofit Toolworks, is slated to open before 2012. The small, quick-serve cafe will focus on Toolworks' mission of providing jobs for the disabled, homeless, and those at risk, and feature baked goods from scratch by Alice Cravens (the chef of now-shuttered Modern Tea).

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