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RUSSIAN HILL—The unexpected news of the day comes from the cursed location of 2080 Van Ness (most recently Hue L'Amour) , where the new regime behind Heights is expecting to open the new joint this Saturday the 24th. The folks there say it's indeed going to be a club. What kind of club, we still have no idea, and there's still no word on whether or not there will be a restaurant/food component. Anyone? [EaterWire, previously]
SAN FRANCISCO—Always one to look out for the restaurant industry (you know, that whole health care thing aside), Mayor Newsom has made it easier for restaurateurs to get outdoor seating permits: "... the Department of Public Works (DPW) has developed a web-based permitting system that allows small businesses to renew their café tables and chair permits online. The new system creates convenient access to city services for small businesses in San Francisco by cutting permit approval times in half and eliminates the need for merchants to visit DPW offices." That should ease some of the health care sting, eh? [EaterWire]
THE MISSION—Bar Bambino will be holding a comparative tasting event next Sunday where "head cheesemonger Colin Shaff will host a tasting to illustrate the virtues of raw versus pasteurized cheese." The event runs 3-5pm on June 1st, will showcase four tasting sets of raw/pasteurized cheeses, includes wine pairing and costs $45 per person. [EaterWire]