Welcome back to the Plywood Report, your all-encompassing chronicle of the next generation of restaurants and bars to grace the city. Spot some doings in your neighborhood? The tip line is very open. Bonus points if you include photos.
1) The Mission: Emails a tipster, "Wanted to drop the name 'Picogel' as a new applicant for the former home of El Farito market at the SW corner of 20th and Folsom. El Faro, the supposed server of the first burrito in SF (these days very sterile and un-interesting...actually bit into a cold burrito there once) is still up and running across the street, and has supposedly absorbed the El Farito market (which sold MexiCokes, good tortillas and had a nice deli counter), though there is no evidence of any of this inside the restaurant." Above Picogel photos also via tipster. [Eater Inbox]
2) Union Square: Queries a tipster, "Was wondering what is going on the the space at the corner of Jones and Sutter Streets across from Fleur de Lys? The sign "Candy Darling" has been up for over two months but I can't find any postings on the internet regarding the type of food or an opening date. There appears to be Charcuterie or sushi cases but not sure if this is going to be a restaurant or some kind of take- out; or perhaps a upscale candy store??" Anyone with further info on Candy Darling is encouraged to share. [Eater Inbox]
3) Financial District: The mystery of the new restaurant going into the 333 Bush "junk food row" continues, as it nears its stirring climax. The newest development is that thanks to the liquor license application, the name is out: Vena's. The owner's name is Shotiveyaratana Vena. With this new information available, please let the FiDi office worker speculation continue. [PLYWOOD]
4) The Marina: Fresh plywood alert! The storefront at 2240 Chestnut is now completely under the cover of wood, as opposed to the newspaper wrapping two weeks ago. You'll recall, of course, that the former Santa Barbara Ice Creamery space will soon play host to one of the very first offshoots of Tuttimelon. The yogurt is coming. [PLYWOOD]