Cowboy Food, Batter Bakery Expands, and Goodbye Dining Room

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

The old west may show up in the Mission. Eater SF shares the former Bombay and Bazar and Ice Cream space may become a throwback to the cowboy days of yesteryear. The same team (Woodhouse Fish Co.'s McNiven brothers) that was behind the first restaurant idea for the space, Mohave, are looking to open West of Peco there instead (550 Valencia at 16th St.). The affordable-price point restaurant would be old West-themed and serve casual, comfort food. Its hearing with the Planning Commission is today.

Sweet suite mates: Inside Scoop shares that the cookie kiosk, Batter Bakery, is getting its own brick-and-mortar that it will share with food-delivery service Square Meals. Cookie connoisseurs can rest assured the kiosk (555 California at Kearny) isn't going anywhere, and plan on visiting the storefront by December (2127 Polk at Broadway).

First there was Taqueria Vallarta's pigeon problem, now Eater SF reports La Oaxaqueña looks more-than-temporarily closed, and El Tonayense has been evicted. La Oaxaqueña's brick-and-mortar has been shut since late August, while the owners focus on their catering business. After the kibosh on their grasshopper tacos, and the fact that their number is disconnected, we have to wonder if this closure may be something more permanent. El Tonayense's eviction wasn't out of the blue: it was in a month-to-month lease. The owners are now looking for a larger space, with a longer lease.

And so long, the Dining Room at the Ritz Carlton. The 20-year-old restaurant will shutter after tonight's service. Inside Scoop shares there are still a few seats available for the last night's dinner if you want to see it out in style. The more modern, casual restaurant taking its place, from current chef Ron Siegel, is aiming to open before the holiday season.

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