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Plywood Report: Minibar, Mystique, Four Barrel, More!

Welcome back to the Plywood Report, your regular, all-encompassing chronicle of the next generation of restaurants and bars to grace our fair city. Spot something new on your block? The tip line awaits. Bonus points and a fabulous sticker if you include photos.

1) Nopa: Seems that a few people got excited about the new signage up at Minibar, and the person who sent in the above snap of the interior revealed gets major points. Leather sofas and stools are in, and once a few more details get polished off, it might be just about time to promote Minibar to post-plywood status. Divisadero at McAllister [PLYWOOD]

2) The Castro: We mentioned the resurrection of Welcome Home—the 30-year-old neighborhood joint that shuttered last year—a few weeks ago, and now there's visual proof. True to its name, information has been hard to come by when it comes to Cafe Mystique, so if anyone has any info, please do share. 464 Castro Street, between 17th and 18th [PLYWOOD]

3) Noe Valley: Brett Emerson has been a bit quiet on his blog lately (more likely busy), so we thought we'd take a gander at the state of affairs over at his baby Contigo. As you can see, the facade is up, albeit behind plywood, but for all the juicy Contigo behind the scenes work, you'll have to stop by IPOS. 1320 Castro Street, between 24th and Jersey [PLYWOOD]

4) The Mission: Proving there's nothing quite like froyo to get a neighborhood in a frenzy (for better and worse), a resourceful reader captures some shots of the interior of Yotopia: "I looked inside and it's a completely empty space. There aren't even walls yet. It's small too, only about 400 square feet." Translation: it might be a while. 3280 22nd Street, between Valencia and Mission [PRE-PLYWOOD]

5) Bonus Mission: Because we know that one of the most anticipated openings in this coffee-crazy town remains Four Barrel Coffee, here's a special update from the Ritual Roaster "spinoff" up the street. The alley kiosk is obviously still in full effect, but as seen above, the space is still coming together. It's already a month or two behind, so we can't be too far from an opening, but we've got plenty of stuffed animal heads on the walls. 375 Valencia Street, near 15th [PLYWOOD]


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