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Plywood Report: Plant Cafe, Cha-Ya, Driscoll's, MORE!

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Spot some fresh plywood on your block? The tip jar awaits.

1) The Embarcadero: La Mar opened last fall on Pier 1.5, and now the next project to open in the Bloomberg-backed pier revival is quickly nearing too. The Plant Cafe (née Lettus), could makes its debut on Pier Three as soon as next week. It will share many similarities with the original Marina location, but the Cass Calder-designed sequel will be divided in two: one side quick cafe, one side restaurant. [POST-PLYWOOD]

2) Inner Sunset: Cafe Gratitude is shuttering, but in a stroke of good timing, Cha-Ya is moving in near the corner of Ninth and Judah. Quoth a tipster: "A sign went up for Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese on 9th Avenue next to Holy Gelato - not sure what it was, it's been shuttered for so long, I think it was a Chinese restaurant." By our count, this would be Cha-Ya's third location, with its spots in the Mission and Berkeley. [PLYWOOD]

3) The Mission: Eater SF Flickr Pool contributor eviloars snapped a shot of the interior at the mortuary-turned-bar called Driscoll's Tavern on the corner of South Van Ness and 22nd. It looks to be coming along nicely. [PLYWOOD]

4) SoMa: A reader sends along the above shot of Fondue Cowboy, which is taking over the old Extreme Pizza space on Folsom. They're aiming for a June debut; for more on the fondue-centric concept, we'll refer you over to Lady Hopstress. [PLYWOOD]

5) Bonus SoMa: From another tipster: "The folks who brought you the "Cento" coffee window at 330 Ritch are behind a new cafe called "Vega" opening soon at New Langton Arts, 1246 Folsom. I'm told it will be at street level." [PLYWOOD]

6) The Castro: There's been action at the old Frisee space (2367 Market) too. Neighbors have been getting notices about liquor license and permission to extend hours for live music. But it's not a comeback by the Frisee guys; rather, it's a new project from the Choquet folks. [PLYWOOD]

Cha-Ya Vegetarian Japanese

762 Valencia Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 (415) 252-7825