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EaterWire: Dovre Club Survives Blaze, Rrazz Room Debuts

THE MISSION—Yesterday evening's four-alarm fire on Valencia Street leveled two buildings and essentially shut down two full city blocks—both Curbed and SFist have plenty of photos from the scene. The blaze was centered just a few doors down from the Dovre Club, packed with St. Patrick's Day revelers (ironically, on the same day that a full-length feature on Dovre ran in the Chronicle). As noted by most reports, the Dovre Club was evacuated at the time; however, the folks there say that somewhat miraculously, they sustained no damage and are open per normal tonight. A direct quote—nay, proclamation—from the bar: "We're fireproof." [EaterWire]

UNION SQUARE—After an invitation-only affair last night, it's officially opening week for the Rrazz Room, the 200-seat, million-dollar cabaret club on the lobby level of Hotel Nikko. The nightclub is the product of Robert Kotonly and Rory Paull, who were behind the Plush Room until they got booted in favor of Tyler Florence. Now, the Rrazz Room will try to rival Yoshi's in the upscale live entertainment arena. Anzu, also in the hotel, will provide the food; everything else you ever wanted to know about the club can probably be had in this giant article. [EaterWire, Chron]

THE MISSION—According to 7x7, Sonoma coffee king Ecco Caffe is throwing its hat into the Mission's gourmet coffee wars: "[Founder Andrew] Bennett has plans to open a café in the city in the next year. Do we need more fancy coffee? Apparently so. Despite his claim to be undecided on the neighborhood of choice for Ecco's café venture, this might be a hint: 'I think Valencia Street could sustain three great roasting companies,' he said." [Bits + Bites]

REALITY TV LAND—Another Tuesday, another announcement of a restaurant reality show with a famous chef presiding over it: "Legendary British chef Marco Pierre White has been tapped for a new reality show on NBC. The Chopping Block is skedded for 2009 and will feature eight American couples running two neighboring restaurants in Manhattan, with one couple being eliminated per week. Of course, this being reality television... there will be the obligatory challenges and mystery tasks." [MediaBistro]

[Photo: Flickr/arlen via SFist]

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