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EaterWire: New Tropisueno Chef, Simpson on Top Chef?

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2008_10_trop.jpgYERBA BUENA—The next venue to open on the quickly-growing Yerba Buena Lane is Tropisueno, now looking at a mid-November debut. The original concept was a simple taqueria but as the scope of the restaurant grew, they decided an experienced chef was needed, and they've found him in Antelmo Faria, who put in some time at Sonoma's La Salette, and after that, Montrio in Monterey. [EaterWire, previously]

END OF DAYS— Three words: do not want: "[Jessica Simpson] recently admitted that she'd love to go on TV cooking competition Top Chef — and now host Padma Lakshmi tells OK! that Jess is welcome any time. 'She has an open invitation,' said Padma." [OK]

THE RICHMOND—Already, the months-old Cabana Cafe is kaput: "Cabana Cafe on Geary & 18th didn't last long. It seems they're turning into a Posh Bagel. With House of Bagels just a couple of blocks up? Ballsy." [RDB]

SOMAJohn's Grill isn't the only birthday boy today; Slim's is celebrating a high-profile 20 years, and the Chron shares the long list of stars that have graced the stage at the South of Market venue, from Pearl Jam and Metallica to Albert King and Lawrence Ferlinghetti. [Chron]