Welcome back to the Plywood Report, your regular, all-encompassing chronicle of the next generation of restaurants and bars to grace our fair city. Notice something on your block? Let us know. Bonus points and sustainable gold stars if you include photos.
1) The Mission: Don't recognize the under-construction space seen above? Odds are you've surely passed by it plenty of times without thinking twice; it's the long-vacant space directly to the right of Luna Park (facade here). Turns out our rumormongering was true, and as the Chron confirmed a few weeks back, it's going to be an upscale, trendy Indian restaurant. Early word was that late '08 was the aim, but as you can see, it's a big, raw space, so that's probably not entirely realistic. [PLYWOOD]
2) Outer Mission: Way down south of Cesar Chavez, Baby Blues BBQ is moving into the corner of Mission and Precita. It's the first NorCal offshoot of the Venice Beach restaurant, so you can peruse their website. Given B's BBQ and George's BBQ, do we sense a nascent BBQ trend in a city that's always been deficient? Oh, we just might. [PLYWOOD]
3) Financial District: A tipster sends along a shot of a third location of Sellers Market. Like the two existing locations, SM3 is, ppropriately enough, on Market Street. To be specific, it's at 721 Market between Third and Fourth Streets and is hoped to be open in November. [PLYWOOD]
4) SoMa: On the corner of Ninth and Folsom, Medici Lounge has long been a staple in the Plywood Report, and work continues. The latest from that front: stripes. The building has stripes. [PLYWOOD]
5) MUNI: We weren't quite sure whether to put this in the Plywood Report or Adventures in Advertising, but Infusion Lounge—remember the ultra-lounge with holograms?—is advertising itself on public transportation. We've seen existing restaurants with deep pockets (MoMo's, Sbux, etc) put up billboards, but this may be the first time we've seen a a venue take the movie approach and advertise before release. [MUNIWOOD]