Welcome back to the Plywood Report, your regular, all-encompassing chronicle of the next generation of restaurants and bars. Notice something new on your block? Let us know. Gold stars and fist bumps if you include photos.
1) Financial District: There's action at the shuttered London Wine Bar on Sansome, in the space that once laid claim to the oldest wine bar in America. Moving in is a project with the working name of Georges. One of the people involved is Elias Bikahi, who is also the co-owner of Nook, Valentina and Caffe Sapore, so there's a good chance that the wine bar concept could live on at 415 Sansome. The interior has been totally stripped to its frame though, so don't hold your breath. [PLYWOOD]
2) Polk Gulch: Another reclaimed spot is on Polk, where just a few weeks after the shuttered De Afghanan moved out, a Moroccan restaurant named Aicha is scheduled to open in June. [PLYWOOD]
3) SoMa: Last summer, we shared the news of Passion Cafe, and nine months later, things are coming along. A new facade is peeking through the plywood, but the most intriguing development remains the possibility of a rooftop area where you'll be able to dine on high while crackheads run around below. Better than fiction? [PLYWOOD]
4) Arguello: On the corner of Golden Gate and Arguello, the unfortunately-named Yummy Stuff has signage up. Its website bills it as a "neighborhood frozen dessert café that everyone can enjoy." [PLYWOOD]
5) SoMa: More froyo magic happening in the city: Blush has officially taken over the ice cream shop down the street from the Ballpark, across from Amici's and is looking at a summer debut. [PLYWOOD]