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EaterWire: Michael Mina's Cocktail Lounge Confirmed, Tribute Restaurant Fizzles and MORE!

UNION SQUARE—Never one to be idle for too long, Michael Mina has announced that he will indeed be opening a cocktail lounge that was originally revealed way back in November: "San Francisco chef Michael Mina and his posse are planning their first-ever cocktail lounge - Clock Bar, in the lobby of the Westin St. Francis hotel, directly across from Mina's four-star restaurant (335 Powell St.). Design and menu plans are moving along and should be complete for a July opening ... Mina says the 2,000-square-foot space will be a mixture of classic San Francisco and modern design. Besides cocktails and wine, Mina plans to serve 'small bites,' including panini, po' boys, salads, mussels and grilled meats." [Scoop, previously]

THE FILLMORE—Along with other tidbits (including some juicy yet nameless teasers about a mystery player in the Myth saga), Lady Hopstress has some new knowledge about Tribute Restaurant, which was en route to go in the old Powell's Place space at 1521 Eddy: " I was asking some folks about ... Tribute Restaurant, and it seems the business partners have split and the plans have disintegrated. No word about what may be going in next." [Tablehopper]

GHIRARDELLI SQUARE—It has flown under the radar here, but the McCormick & Schmick's chain—in San Francisco, it's McCormick & Kuleto's—has been under some fire for its hiring practices: "On April 3, McCormick & Schmick's settled the class-action case in San Francisco brought in 2006 by an employee and a former applicant who said the company discriminated against them in assignments and in hiring because they were African American. In the settlement, the company agreed to pay about 3,000 current or former employees $1.1 million ... A final hearing on the settlement is scheduled for Aug. 7 in San Francisco. Jahan Sagafi, a lawyer representing the class of workers, said McCormick & Schmick's will not acknowledge any wrongdoing." [OregonLive]

SAN FRANCISCO—Zagat, clearly missing the Earth Day memo, has listed its Mother's Day picks for '08. In addition to such fancy brunch staples as the Ritz and Grand Cafe, take mom to Foreign Cinema: "Show mom where the hipsters like to go by taking her to this chic Mission Mediterranean, which is offering a three-course prix fixe brunch." [Zagat]

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