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Love the looks of that oven. Very Chez Panisse/Zuni.
1) SoMa: As seen above, the onetime Computer Rental space at 330 1st Street now belongs to Local Kitchen and Wine Merchant. Coming from the people behind Oola, Local will be "a wine bar and then some," doubly relying on sommelier skills of Mark Bright (formerly of Michael Mina) and an Italian tilt to local ingredients. The interior space looks extremely promising, though from the looks of things, not close to completion. Also: astute readers will catch a glimpse of what appears to be a wood-burning oven. Can anyone confirm this? [PLYWOOD]
[Photo courtesy: Gourmet/Frankie Frankeny]
2) More SoMa: From Gourmet Magazine comes a picturesque shot of the interior of Elizabeth Falkner's next project: Orson at 4th and Bryant. Like her earlier endeavors at Citizen Cake and Citizen Cupcake, Orson is yet another hat-tip to film icon Orson Welles by Falkner, a onetime filmmaker herself. Getting back to the SoMa project, it's going to have a warehouse-loungey feel, but despite breaking ground back in January, it's still quite forthcoming. [Gourmet]
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