The Mission: Whilst scanning the latest edition of the Business Times, the above listing stood out in the New Fictitious Names Registered section: Burger Bar, 581 Valencia Street. Huh. The location in question—right off 17th Street—is the former home of the shuttered Yum Yum House (see pic post-jump). Of course, the obvious question is if this is the long-awaited San Francisco location of Hubert Keller's Burger Bar empire or simply another non-related endeavor with the same name. The county clerk records aren't much help, so let's do some research:
581 Valencia, as is: not exactly Hubertian ... yet?
When Keller announced SF was on his list of Burger Bar destinations way back when, he noted he wanted it to be in "a high-traffic location like downtown, Union Square or South of Market." Certainly Valencia and 17th would qualify as "high-traffic" in some ways, but the Mission—not to mention the, ahem, modest space (at least as it stands)—doesn't exactly scream "Hubert's glamorous, high-profile burger joint with $60 burgers" quite yet. Thus the seeds of doubt. Plus, Keller has reiterated elsewhere that Union Square is his ideal location; then again, he opted for St. Louis for his Vegas follow-up, ahead of the likes of LA, NYC or SF. So, we suppose we'll just have to wait and see (see update below).
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UPDATE 2:30PM: According to Hubert Keller's people, they have nothing to do with this Valencia Burger Bar, and are going to investigate it further. As for Keller's real Burger Bar, a few possible locations are still being considered for the SF branch, but nothing is signed/officialized yet.