Welcome back to the Plywood Report, your regular, all-encompassing chronicle of the next generation of restaurants and bars to grace our fair city. Notice something on your block? Let us know. Fun bonus points if you include photos.
1) Lower Haight: A rather quick transformation has gone down on Haight, where the oddly-ornate Visit Thai restaurant has shuttered to make way for something called Bistro St. Germain. The interior remains mostly the same, aside from a mural of the Paris skyline on the east wall. From the looks of the decor—not to mention the onion soup and moules frites teases on the storefront—we're thinking it's a traditional French bistro (from
the same owners Laurent Legendre of Le P'tit Laurent, learns Ms. Tablehopper). Looks ready to roll out any day now too. [POST-PLYWOOD]
2) The Mission: New logo magic is up at 951 Valencia, where Xanath Ice Cream is moving into the long-vacant space between 20th and 21st. No word on the owners, but the internet tells us that xanath is a Totonac word for vanilla flower, so we're. A look inside reveals that there's still some finishing work to be done, but it's not too far off. [PLYWOOD]
3) Lower Haight: A new cafe/bagel shop is in the works for the Haight. A sign promises that Neighborhood Bakery/Cafe is coming soon, though it's unclear if that's the actual name. [PLYWOOD]
4) Noe Valley: Finally, an update from Noeteca on Dolores, last seen taking over the shuttered Last Laugh Cafe. Estimates for an April opening were a bit premature for the Mediterranean cafe/wine bar, and per NV Blog, mid-May is now the aim. At that point, Noeteca is planning on being open 7am to 10pm (11pm on weekends). [PLYWOOD]