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EaterWire Midday: Amigo Cantina Takes Mercury Space

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Lombard Motel Row: Last week, we learned that the shuttered Mercury Appetizer Bar found a more spacious home in SoMa, and today we have word that someone has already snatched up the old Merc space on Lombard. Amigo Cantina will be the new occupant, according to the pending licenses. We still think the no man's land location off the corner of Van Ness is a tough one—hell, it's not even in a neighborhood—but the space itself carries some intrigue. To be sure, it's tiny, but the exposed brick adds a nice touch and small restaurants always turn heads (uh, not counting Mercury). Of course, another, more realistic possibility is that it will simply be a bar along the lines of Black Magic next door.
· Plywood Special: Mercury Takes Sneaky Tiki Space [~ESF~]
· The Shutter: Mercury Appetizer Bar Finally Folds [~ESF~]