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Spire Sprouts in SOMA; Cowgirl Plans Sidekick; Way MORE!!

SOMA - A well-connected tipster recently brought some plywood to light at Third and Townsend: the impending location for Spire Restaurant and Bar, a newcomer where "big deal in Orlando," Laird Boles, will serve as chef. Boles moved West when his former chef position at Orlando's popular Beacon dissolved with the restaurant's June 2009 closure. The tipster goes on to reveal:

The tipster goes on to reveal: "will have raw bar, open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner, will have game day menu, will also have an upstairs lounge with a separate entrance. Approx opening date - six weeks." We also came upon a Twitter feed which reveals the restaurant is currently hiring, and Spire's MySpace page tells us its a 32-year-old male bistro, a Scorpio, and possibly stuck in 2008 when people used MySpace. If you have further knowledge of Spire's ownership or the machinations of one Laird M Boles III, do drop us a line. [EaterWire]

EMBARCADERO - Sidekick, the impending quick-service eatery from the Sue Conley and Peggy Smith of Cowgirl Creamery is currently in the design review stage and hoping to open in the adjacent former LuLu Petite space (# 19 here) in August. As of now, the Ferry Building Web site describes: "a cheese and dairy-centric menu features breakfast, lunch and snack items such as crepes, raclette and seasonal salads." [EaterWire]

LOWER HAIGHT - Haighteration recently filed a hypothetical report that Upper Haight's Panini sandwich shop may be taking over at On the Corner on Divisadero and Oak. As it turns out, the rumors are true. [Haighteration]

TENDERLOIN - Grub Street has this to say about Roxanne Sotano's recent takeover of the only Australia Fair in the City at 700 Sutter Street for her inspiring Sutter Pub. No word yet as to whether or not food will be involved as it is at her other restaurants. [Grub Street]

DOGPATCH - The end of Plywood nears for Mr. & Mrs. Miscellaneous as Annabelle Topacio and Ian Flores plan for a Friday opening from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. As we mentioned earlier, the husband-and-wife team running this operation will pour their talents into retro and seasonal ice cream flavors, handmade candies, donuts, sundaes, cookies, banana splits, homemade waffle cones, and yes we could keep going. [EaterWire]

DOGPATCH EXTRA - In yesterday's newsletter, Lady T-Hop sung of the very cool happenings at the large historic building at 845 22nd Street. Euro-style pizzeria-in-the-wall, Piccino will be moving into the space along with new wine shop (with its own cellar), DIG, and the second outpost for MAC, a modern clothing store. Piccino 2.0 will seat 70, a huge expansion from its former 24. And Sagan-Piechota will no doubt build this looker out with charm to spare. [Tablehopper]

Piccino Cafe

1001 Minnesota St., San Francisco, CA 94107 415-824-4224

Spire Bistro

685 Third St., San Francisco, CA

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