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CASTRO - Georges/Nook/Caffe Sapore owner, Elias Bikahi, has passed the former Café at Café du Nord space on to his nephew and sister-in-law, Eli Abdo and Fiona Dunbar. They'll be managing his new cafe, Cortado, starting on June 1. The interior won't change much, save for added art work and new Chemex coffee brewers, but the cafe will now have nothing to do with the adjacent music venue. The menu will be somewhere between Sapore and Nook, serving Equator coffee, one of the longer selections of bagel sandwiches in town, quiches, salads, sandwiches and what Abdo believes to be the first menoushe Lebanese breakfast pizza in the city. They've applied for a liquor license and will serve beer and wine when it's approved in a month or so. [EaterWire]

MILL VALLEY- If all goes as planned, Peter Schumacher, who owns Bungalow 44 and Buckeye Roadhouse, will open his latest venture, Dish, in Mill Valley on Monday. A more casual, family-oriented affair than his other ventures, it's going into Tam Commons, a new multi-unit "Build it Green" development by Dish co-owner Mike House. Expect a quick-service format by day including all-day breakfast dishes; they'll switch to table service at night. Tim Dixon collaborated on the design, which sounds rustic and chic with siding from a Pennsylvania barn and a stone fireplace. Daytime WiFi, wine on-tap, and a 16-seat outdoor dining patio round out the selling points. Check out menus and other details on the Web site. [EaterWire]

SOMA- Thermidor chef/owner, Bruce Binn, tells us final inspections are underway at his forthcoming ode to classic, upscale American dining at 8 Mint Plaza. The menu will feature things like a burger (goes without saying these days), steak stroganoff and a beer-battered soft shell crab with spicy slaw and coconut papaya rice that Binn just started playing around with. When they open soon -- and it's clear Binn doesn't want to put a date out there -- you'll be able to have lunch and dinner at the cool wrap-around bar inside, or maybe you'll just want to sip on one of the "6-minute cocktails" Brooke Arthur helped the team create. Stay tuned on this one folks. [EaterWire]

DOGPATCH - Joel Bleskacek of Ruby Wines says his neighborhood is "in desperate need of more sit down breakfast and lunch spots," and he recently got an a-okay from the Planning Department to help fix that. His plan for Plow aims to bring a little country into the city. He and his wife Maxine Siu will be doing a complete build out of the 800-square-foot space to create a streamlined, bucolic atmosphere: salvaged wood floors, stone or marble countertops and an open kitchen. The spot gets tons of natural light, so it should be a pleasant spot to tuck into buttermilk biscuits and gravy, a fried fish sandwich, or one of the other "no frills" items on the menu. Late August is the tentative opening date as of now. [EaterWire]

WINE COUNTRY - Dario De Conti, Valentina Guolo-Migotto and Stefano Migotto are opening Ca’ Momi Enoteca at Oxbow Market. And you'll never guess it's an Italian spot...a “classic Italian pizzeria, pasticceria and enoteca wine bar” to be exact. The Ca' Momi winemakers are additionally jazzed the new business will serve as a tasting room for their wines when it opens in late summer/early fall. [ISSF]

Hummus plate, coming soon to Cortado. [Photo: Flickr/Kaylan S.]


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