THE MISSION - Commonwealth; the approachable, charity-oriented fine dining restaurant from Anthony Myint and chef Jason Fox, is about two weeks out. In preparation, general contractor Eric Heid, who worked on the interiors at Thermidor, Range and several other local restaurants, has been helping the partners strip down the 20-some-year-old El Herradero decor to reveal the shell of the original 1920s donut shop it once was. They've even unearthed the original massive Hunt's Quality Donuts exterior mural, which the team will preserve upon opening.
Fox is going to create two nightly dining options: a tasting menu, priced at $60 for 6 courses and an a la carte menu with all courses falling under $20. Ten dollars from the former will be donated to a rotating charity. He's calling the plates "progressive American" and hinted at Japanese influences, as in a sea urchin dish he's planning with steamed corn custard, chorizo and mushroom. Things like molecular gastronomy, sous vide and possibly even a Japanese robata grill will be implemented. Fox's chef de cuisine will be Ian Muntzert, who worked at Coi and Bar Tartine before. Look out for brunch and lunch a bit further down the road. And of course, more Eater on this before the joint opens soonish. [EaterWire]
SOMA - Alexander's Steakhouse, which took over the dramatically shuttered Bacar space in April, will be opening in September with Jeffrey Stout as chef, meaning that Douglas Bernstein did not decide to stay on under the new ownership. Stout has an impressive-sounding resume: he's worked with Philippe Jeanty at Domaine Chandon in Yountville, with Roland Passot at La Folie and others before opening the first Alexander's in Cupertino with partner JC Chen in 2005. Expected entrees like wood-roasted halibut with potato confit and Mendocino uni butter and a chocolate dessert dubbed The Big O hint this steakhouse might make you feel different from other steakhouses. Further information and a view of the new signage can be had thanks to Signore Lucchesi over at ISSF. [EaterWire, ISSF]
SOMA EXTRA - The opening of Bruce Hill's Zero Zero is fast approaching: Wednesday July 28th. Here's a reminder of what's in store. We'll have more for you before the joint opens; so sit tight. [EaterWire]
MISSION Mission Mission and Grub Street have reports on something called Radish, coming soon to the corner of 19th and Lexington. The owner, Emily Summers, has told a few people she'll be dishing out "seasonal soul food." [Mission Mission, GrubStreet]
LEARY WIRE - Canteen owner Dennis Leary, who has big plans for House of Shields and Golden West tells us things aren't moving forward quite as quickly as expected at the latter. We're checking back in a few weeks. [EaterWire]
BERNAL HEIGHTS - Someone finally went ahead and named a restaurant Locavore. Lady T-Hop tells us the 49-seater will be opening at 3215 Mission Street in Fall. Click through for more info. [Tablehopper]
EAST BAY - SFoodie has news that It'Sugar -- whose owner helped Dylan Lauren (yes that's Ralph Lauren's daughter) open Dylan's Candy Bar in New York -- will be opening an East Bay branch of It'Sugar. They'll be bringing the self-proclaimed world's largest gummy bear: $45, 12,000 calories; with them. Now doesn't that sounds delicious? [SFoodie]