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The Dish: Midpoint, New BBQ Joints, Espetus, MORE!

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The Dish serves up all the latest and greatest restaurant and bar openings. Know of a newcomer that we've missed? Pass along your sightings.

1) Polk Gulch: Currently in soft open mode—which in this case means not the full food menu yet—is Midpoint, the successor to the O'Reilly's Holy Grail. As reported earlier, it was taken over by Zeki Yalcin and co. (clarification: Yalcin is no longer affiliated with Zeki's Bar on California). It's been a fairly quick turnaround, with much of the aesthetic tweaks focused on minimizing the Irish Catholic decor overload. 1233 Polk Street, between Bush and Sutter; (415) 440-9099 [EaterWire]

2) Western Addition: Plywood vet B's BBQ opens for the first time tonight at 5:30. It's supposed to be Texas-style 'cue, and according to one excited, totally non-partisan Yelper, is is the only NorCal restaurant to sell Pete's Links from Louisiana. So there's that. 855 Divisadero, at McAllister; (415) 525-3419 [EaterWire]

3) The Mission: Another BBQ newcomer this week: George's BBQ also rang in its service. Thrillist shared a menu, and well, we're not incredibly optimistic about spaghetti on a BBQ menu, but you never know. 3231 24th St, between Capp and South Van Ness; (415) 550-1010 [EaterWire]

4) San Mateo: Not quite BBQ, but meat nonetheless: an 8000 square foot Espetus Churrascaria opened up down the Peninsula. The SMC Times has the most substantial take: "The San Mateo restaurant has high ceilings and dark hardwood floors, with intricate light fixtures and unique cowhide upholstered chairs in the lounge ... In a traditional Brazilian style that Klein said originated in southern Brazil 80 years ago, the beef, chicken, lamb, and pork are brought to each table on a long skewer — the espetus — and individually carved for each guest." 710 South B Street, at Seventh, San Mateo; (650) 342-8700; website [SMCT]

5) Potrero Hill: Art gallery/lounge Project One is up and running. Zagat describes it as "a sprawling art gallery and lounge" with "lots of banquettes to relax on while viewing contemporary artwork by emerging artists" while 'sampling drinks from the small but far-flung menu of affordable beer, wine, sake and soju cocktails." 251 Rhode Island Street, near 16th; website [Zagat]

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