With the beginning of the week comes a helping of debuts served up by The Dish, your source for the latest and great openings. As always, your sightings are appreciated.
1) Yerba Buena: Saturday night was the official debut for the first restaurant proper on the new development stretch of Yerba Buena and Amber India beat Press Club to the punch. It's the fourth location overall for the South Bay chain (and noted Bauer fave), but the first in San Francisco. Anish Potdar, who has been at the Santana Row branch, is the chef, and will be putting out "modernized classics."The menus are already up online, it's open for both lunch and dinner, and already plenty of media outlets have shared the "Amber Alert" pun. 25 Yerba Buena Lane, between Market and Mission; (415) 777-0500; website [EaterWire]
2) Union Square: After shuttering for renovations back in March, Caffe Kuleto's has reemerged as Bar Norcini. Part of the Villa Florence hotel job, Bar Norcini opened for the first time earlier today. It's been more or less transformed from coffee/pastry shop to a wine bar, though since it's open all day, you'll see the typical morning coffee too. Cheese, wine, pizzas and salumi rule the evenings though. 225 Powell Street, at Geary, in the Villa Florence Hotel; (415) 397-7720 [EaterWire]
3) Union Square: More hotel bar news: up the road in another remodeling is coming to a conclusion. Bar 1915 is now functional in the Larkspur Hotel (formerly the Cartwright). As seen above, the small space is pretty much just a nook in the lobby very small and pretty much blends into the lobby. Verdict: bar for hotel guests. 524 Sutter Street, near Powell; (415) 421-2865 [EaterWire]
4) Upper Valencia: In the developing no man's land between the Upper Mission and Market Street, Pizza Zone 'N' Grill has opened under the freeway. We haven't been, but let's just say the "SlicePizzaBurgerPhillysWings" sign isn't putting it on our must-go list. And we're not too happy about the "Zone 'N' Grill" part either. 178 Valencia Street, near Duboce; (415) 701-7300 [EaterWire]