Umami Burger's Arrival, Kramer Has NIMBY Company, and West of Peco Gets the Okay

Categories: Buzz Machine

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

It appears everyone's talking about (here, here, and here) the S.F. arrival of L.A.-based Umami Burger. It's opening its first location north of the I-405 on Oct. 7 (2184 Union at Fillmore), and the new NorCal menu will incorporate local vendors. Too bad it's going to be too late to make our list of San Francisco's Top 25 Burgers. But there's always next year.

In a move reminiscent of a Seinfeld episode, San Francisco Citizen makes a humorous comparison between a 1965 Page St. neighbor's boycott sign of nearby Whole Foods and Kramer's boycott of the fried chicken place across the street from his apartment. We wonder if the neighbor still finds himself/herself at Whole Foods, just like Kramer kept eating the chicken.

West of Peco, the Western-themed restaurant slated for Valencia, has received approval from the Planning Commission. Inside Scoop shares that the casual, comfort food restaurant plans to open in spring 2012.

Closures: The tofu-driven Beautifull! mini-chain has shuttered its Irving location. Eater SF shares that the health-food restaurant is breaking its lease, and lovers of all-things-kale will have to head over to one of the two remaining locations (the Castro and Laurel Village). Eater SF also shares that Excelsior's Our Place Bar is shut as well. No word on if another drinking establishment will replace it.

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