Spot some plywood on your block? You know what to do.
1) SoMa: Opening in mid-February on the corner of Fourth and Townsend kitty-corner to the train station will be The Creamery. It looks to be a coffeehouse of sorts, they're currently hiring baristas, and a tipster sends word that proper signage is now adorning the exterior. And as you can see, they'll be serving coffee from Ritual Roasters. [PLYWOOD]
2) Palo Alto: The latest project from Bacchus Management (Spruce, Village Pub, Pizza Antica), Mayfield Bakery and Cafe, will debut on February 9th, according to signs at the Town & Country Village. A passerby describes the scene: "Nice looking place, upscale but friendly looking. The seemed to be deep in the throes of staff training as we walked by. There is a walk up bakery counter, and outdoor dining as well." Also involved: a wood-fired oven and rotisserie grill. [POST-PLYWOOD]
3) Financial District: We haven't mentioned the tentatively-named Alex—the new "upscale steak lounge" going into the old Frisson space on Jackson—since September, but things are getting close. They are currently hiring, and we're also hearing that tastings are already underway too (and if that Craiglist ad is to be believed, will be serving Japanese Wagyu beef). A peek inside reveals that, looks-wise, it still bears a strong resemblance to its Frisson days. [PLYWOOD]
4) West Portal: A Sunset dweller passes along the above shot of the next location in the ever-expanding Tuttimelon empire. Non-subtle signage is up, and it's nice and bright and full of neon pastel colors. [PLYWOOD]