Cafe Gratitude Is Not Going Anywhere and A Sushi Robot at U-Sushi

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

Cafe Gratitude won't be closing all of their Northern California locations after all. The "series of aggressive lawsuits" they attributed to the cause of their impending closures, announced via Facebook in November, have been settled, according to Bay Citizen. The amount of money involved remains concealed from the public, and Cafe Gratitude continues accept donations toward their legal fees. No word yet on if either of the two S.F. locations will close or if the owners' other S.F. restaurant, Gracias Madre, will remain open.

A sushi-making robot is coming to the Financial District. Eater SF assures readers the rolls at U-Sushi will be created by in-house sushi chefs, and the "robot automation" is only a machine that mixes, sheets, and cuts. The metal sous chef, however, will help the restaurant churn out rolls in less than a minute. Something about this seems dangerous, but we haven't heard about any robots going rogue at their L.A. location -- yet.

O3 Bistro and Lounge is readying to fill the restaurant void just left by the closure of Chevy's on Van Ness. Inside Scoop reveals the Asian restaurant and bar is readying to open this Friday (524 Van Ness at McCallister).

Also opening this week, in Lower Pacfic Heights, is the Social Study (1795 Geary at Fillmore). Urban Daddy shares the lounge and cafe plans to open its doors tomorrow; visitors can grab a coffee on the way to work and swing back through on the way home for house-made sangria.

A new place to swirl-and-sip is coming to Polk. Vinologue discovers the pending European-focused wine bar is from Biondivino's Ceri Smith. No word yet on a name or an opening date.

Last week we mentioned, via Tablehopper, one of the former shuttered Beautifull! spaces morphed into a location of the bakery Sheng Kee. Now Grub Street reveals the other shuttered Beautifull! in the Castro will become SF Grill.

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