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YERBA BUENA—Word on the little Yerba Buena Lane pedestrian walkways (and also Thrillist) is that Press Club—the plywood vet rendered above—is aiming for a debut next Monday, April 28th following a series of soft openings. The 9,000 square-foot "urban tasting room" will house independent tasting areas from multiple wineries, plus a lounge or two and a wine retail shop. FiDi, rejoice. UPDATE: Press Club's liquor licenses are not final yet; opening pushed back from the 28th to, ahem, "late April." [EaterWire]
STARBUCKSWIRE—Poor Starbucks. Now they're blaming their tumbling stocks on the mortgage crisis: "'The wheels have really come off of this train,' RBC Capital Markets analyst Larry Miller told Reuters, noting his surprise at the warning. 'It's amazing how fast business has derailed. If sales are down mid-single digits, that is a rapid erosion' .... In his statement, Schultz said Starbucks' research shows that cash-crunched consumers are cutting back on coffee purchases rather than buying elsewhere." [Reuters]