Taqueria Vallarta's Pigeon Problem, Teatro ZinZanni Won't Tell, and the Blue Bottle Cart
The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.
Pesky pigeons manage to end up everywhere, and the rafters of a restaurant are no exception. SF Appeal reports Taqueria Vallarta (3033 24th St. at Balmy) closed on Sept. 8 until further notice because there was a DPH complaint stating the rats with wings were nesting in the rafters, and flying to and fro from a hole in the ceiling. There was also a trash and roach problem. The restaurant is on it, and plans to get rid of the bugs and complete the anti-pigeon renovations shortly.
The cabaret-infused circus performance with a five-course dinner that is Teatro ZinZanni has found a new home; they're just not saying where. SFGate reports that while they won't reveal the exact site of their new home, it is along the waterfront. They'll do their final curtain bow at the current spot at Pier 29 (at Embarcadero) on New Year's Eve.
Earlier this year there was some opposition and a puke-in planned (turned out to be fake) to protest commercialized food and drink inside Dolores Park. One of these protested was the Blue Bottle Coffee trailer, and now Inside Scoop shares the cart's finally found a place to park. Coffee lovers can find the cart, starting next week, Mon.-Wed. 8 a.m.-noon on Division (at Brannan). In October they'll extend to Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Despite the sign, no records will be served: The Discolandia sign will stay as the new tenants, Pig and Pie, move in to the space (2962 24th St. at Alabama). Grub Street shares, via Mission Local, Pig and Pie will install an awning below the 49-year-old sign. They're planning to open by November if the planning commission approves their conditional use permit at tomorrow's meeting.
Mission Local also shares that the family behind La Espiga De Oro (2916 24th St. at Florida) is planning another restaurant just down the block: El Tomate (2904 24th St. at Florida). The expansion will be kept in the family tradition, with much of the staff and family working between the two; they're in the process of training two cooks at La Espiga De Oro for the new restaurant. They are planning to open early 2012.
And after sitting empty for 15 months, the former RNM space is set to become Maven. Haighteration shares that the bar with menu pairings from the former co-owners Jay Bordeleau and David Kurtz (formerly manager of Beretta) is set to open this fall (598 Haight at Steiner).
Also -- a couple quick events for good causes. Next Tuesday (Sept. 20) ICHI Sushi (3369 Mission at Godeus) will donate 20 percent of dinner sales to the family of ICHI co-owner Erin Archuleta's former student Stafone Jackson. Also, this Saturday (Sept. 17), 4505 Meats will be donating a portion of their Ferry Building farmers' market stand sales to a young member of their shop family who is fighting an aggressive form of liver cancer.