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SOMA—After shuttering in late September for repairs and renovations, Howard Street's Buca di Beppo will reportedly reopen in the "later half of November 2007." The good news is that it's been a while since we've seen a restaurant on Yelp that actually has less than three stars, so that was enjoyable. The bad news is that we remain thoroughly confused as to how a chain like Buca di Beppo can survive in San Francisco outside of the Wharf. [EaterWire Inbox]
THE CASTRO—From La Tablehopper comes a bit of news concerning The Lookout, the semi-revamped at 16th and Market: "...the former Metro Cafe found a name: ~THE LOOKOUT~. Its new owner is Chris Hastings, formerly of Catch, just up the street." Reports are that most things remain the same, from the crowd to the decor. [TH]
HAYES VALLEY—After four years of abstinence, Traci Des Jardins has put foie gras back on the menu at Jardiniere. Foie gras beignets are available now and a foie gras terrine will be offered on the New Year's Eve. [Covers]
AWARDS CIRCUIT—We're not quite sure what kind of awards show honors Alice Waters and Toni Morrison simultaneously with Jennifer Garner and Abigail Breslin, but the Glamour Women of the Year Awards did just that. Ms. Waters, aka "queen of green," was honored as a "chef, philanthropist and guru." No word on whether George Costanza was, um, involved in the Glamour event. [Glamour]