Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield to Re-Open Lusty Lady as Bar

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Big news to kick off the new year. The team behind the revitalization of North Beach's beloved Tosca Cafe has turned to another local icon. Inside Scoop has the news today that Ken Friedman and April Bloomfield, the New York restauranteur and chef who remodeled Tosca in 2013, has signed a lease on former strip club The Lusty Lady.

See also: Tosca Cafe: The New Iteration Is Fabulous -- And Fabulously Expensive
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Zagat Names State Bird Provisions and Mission Chinese "Hottest Restaurants in the World"

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Well, well, well, it seems that the hype for hometown favorites State Bird Provisions and Mission Chinese Food isn't going to stop with the new year. Zagat just published a list of the "The 10 Hottest Restaurants in the World," and both SBP and MCF (the New York iteration, but still) are on it, at no.'s 8 and 6 respectively.

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- Welcome to the Era of the "I Ate Sichuan Peppercorns With Danny Bowien" Piece
- All Tomorrow's Portions: Top 7 Food Trends for 2013

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Say Bye to Bar Bambino and Hello to RickyBobby

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In addition to last minute holiday shopping, rambunctious office parties, and the potentially catastrophic termination of the Mayan calendar, this week a signless restaurant truly named RickyBobby is now open for business on Haight Street at Webster, according to Eater. If you are hungry for beef and bacon burgers ($10) or sweet potatertots ($5) look for the red paint and large white windows (alcohol and presumably signage coming soon).

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- Liholiho Yacht Club Popping Up at Naked Kitchen This Weekend


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Tosca Update, The Corner Store and Bread of Life Open, Ron Siegel Heads to Michael Mina

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There's more to the Tosca story, according to Inside Scoop. While Tosca has officially received its eviction notice, landlord Roger Forbes, makes a point to say he wants to keep it Tosca Cafe -- under the same owners or new ones, and that he has no plans to put a strip club in its place. Well, that's good news.

The Corner Store is officially open -- heated patio, soda fountain, and all (5 Masonic at Geary). Eater SF shares the neighborhood-geared restaurant makes all their syrups in-house, and their website details an extensive cocktail program and says their menu is "reinterpret[ed] American comfort food."

Further out in the Richmond District, there's a new to-go bread counter, called Bread of Life on Clement at Fifth Avenue. Over on Chowhound, chowhounders discovered another location back in June, and shared it's a charity connected with making the adjustment to living in the U.S. easier for immigrants. The line extended out to the curb this weekend.

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Tosca Cafe's Rent, Victoria Pastry Co. Reopens, and Small Foods, Shabuway, and Y&Y

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What would the city be without Tosca Cafe? Inside Scoop reports the famous S.F. institution's rent has been increased by its strip-club-owning landlord, and that they can't afford the new rate. It looks as though this may only be the first chapter of this story.

Sweet news: Earlier we mentioned that Sift & Cupcake and Dessert Bar opens today. Also, Tablehopper says Victoria Pastry Co., the 89-year-old bakery in North Beach, has also reopened in its new location (700 Filbert at Powell).

There's a new South Park lunch spot. Grub Street discovers Small Foods, a grab-and-go market and cafe, is serving the usual lunch staples of sandwiches, salads, and soups.

Chowhounders have discovered Y&Y Vietnamese Restaurant (sister restaurant to Yummy Yummy) has opened in the inner Richmond. Expect an expanded dessert and drink menu. They also discover another recent opener down the street, Sweethut, is serving all the tapioca tea favorites..

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Blue Bottle Kiosk, Contraband Coffee, and Front Cafe Provide Caffeine Buzz

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Tablehopper has some caffeine news. Contraband Coffee is soft opening its second location this weekend (1648 Pacific at Polk), Front Cafe is now serving coffee and has plans for beer/wine later (150 Mississsippi at Mariposa), and Inside Scoop says the Blue Bottle kiosk at the new Heath Ceramic warehouse is up and brewing.

For all of those who are looking for lunch in the Financial District, Chowhound discovers the International Food Court has reopened after a year hiatus (due to an electrical fire).

Another pop-up has set-up shop. Tablehopper notes Soul Groove, which offers soul food with an international twist, has softly opened a spot in the Tenderloin (422 Larkin at Golden Gate). And yes, the pop-ups will still happen -- just not as often.

Also, Tablehopper shares, via a reader, that Full Moon Thai Bistro (1220 Ninth Ave. at Irving) has opened in the Inner Sunset.


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Et Al., Farina Pizza, Sift Cupcake: On the Way

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The Boulettes Larder team is pretty busy. Beyond the plans to expand their Ferry Building shop to include the Bouli Bar in the space next door, Inside Scoop also shares they're working on a restaurant space on Polk: Et Al. The tiny, wine-focused restaurant is planning to serve all three meals of the day, and the doors should be open in a couple weeks.

Eater SF shares Sift Cupcake and Dessert Bar (that we first mentioned in June) is readying to start serving sugary treats next week. The Fillmore sweet shop will open their doors Aug. 22.


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Upcider and Mortimer Have Drinks Covered; Crème Brûlée Shop Readies

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Fans of cider, there's a new place to grab a pint of fruity goodness. Tablehopper shares the news that Upcider, a bar centered on providing ciders from around the world, is open on Polk street. The food menu has small plates, sliders, a section devoted to potatoes (!), and other pub grub staples.

The Hotel Adagio's lounge revamp is complete, and Mortimer is now operating in soft mode, according to Eater SF. Beyond the small and large plates, there's a pretty extensive cocktail menu that includes punch bowl options that are meant to be shared among two to four people. Smashing.

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Alibi, De La SouL, Machine Coffee & Deli Open; Caesars Readies to Shut

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Ever wanted to sell goodies at 331 Cortland? Now's the time. Bernalwood reports there's a space open. Better move quick!

SOMA was the epicenter of openers over the weekend: LiveSOMA discovers Alibi Restaurant and Lounge, from the owners of the former Beale Street Bar and Grill, had their grand opening party. Expect American cuisine like mac n' cheese, grits, and pot roast. Also, they note De La SouL 7th Street Bistro (yep, big L), is now serving chicken and waffles, and other soul food dishes.

The team behind SOMA's Machine Coffee & Deli let us know their grand opening is this Thursday. They roast and smoke their meats in house and have hand-cast coffee.

And Tablehopper reminds us SOMA is home to the latest Super Duper, which marks it's fourth location in the City.

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Tartine's Sandwich Shop, K-Pop Restaurant, and S.F.'s Official Restaurant Domination

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Hey Tartine fans, get in line now -- Bar Tartine's sandwich shop officially opens today. Eater SF notes you can dine-in or take-out, but you're not able to buy the loaves you love just yet -- perhaps by fall.

Love K-Pop? Never heard of K-Pop? Either way, there's apparently a K-Pop Restaurant in the works. Grubstreet reports the sister restaurant to Osaka Sushi and Barracuda is slated for the corner of Castro at 18th Street. No opening date as of yet, but if you weren't a fan of the boy bands of the late 90's, or don't have "Call Me Maybe" on repeat -- then this may not be the place for you.

Here's an interesting fact: San Francisco has the highest density of restaurants in the U.S., according to a report by Trulia. We win, by a lot -- nearly 50% over second place. They also found we rank eighth when it comes to the density of bars. Really, how could any city compete with New Orleans (first), and Milwaukee (second)?

In disgusting food news, Inside Scoop reported yesterday that beloved Vietnamese dive Tu Lan has been temporarily shut down by the Department of Public Health for major health violations. The report, published on the department's website, is pretty gross: "high-risk" violations include vermin, unsanitary food contact surfaces, and improper refrigeration. It's the restaurant's fourth temporary closure in the past sixteen months.


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