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The Summit Blossoms; Hot Spud Opens; Tablehopper Bartends; MORE

PLYWOOD - What you see here is a visual status update on The Summit from ex-Poleng Lounge owner Desi Danganan. Here current occurences include the custom-designing of a drip bar for Blue Bottle coffee and the enlistage of an intern. As a quick refresh, the forthcoming cafe/art gallery/music venue will offer brioche, market-inspired fare and a fancy modular design with benches that light up when you sit on them. Looks like it's on track for early August opening. [EaterWire]

CASTRO - Home has newly appointed Ryan Pollnow as executive chef. This man used to work as sous under Randy Lewis at Mecca and in a ground-breaking move, he'll be adding more sustainable, artisanal products to the menu. As long as he doesn't mess with the make your own bloody mary bar and the gooey desserts, everything should remain copacetic. [EaterWire]

THE SUNSET - Social Kitchen and Brewery is doing a beer and artisan cheese pairing on Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Cost is $20 and SKB owner Rich Higgins and an impassioned cheesemonger will be on hand to discuss the rocket science behind cheese and beer pairing. [EaterWire]

HAYES VALLEY - The J Lounge at Jardiniere is kicking off a guest bartending series and none other than Lady T-Hop, The Tablehopper, herself will be whipping out the drinks this Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. She'll be focusing on her hooch-of-choice: bourbon and will be offering her recently published book for sale. [Tablehopper]

FISHERMANS WHARF - And in unlikely wharf news, this baked potato restaurant that Signore Lucchesi wrote about last week has officially opened today. They are billing it as a healthy venture, with offerings like a Veggie Spud and a chef that came from Cafe Gratitude; and it's called Hot Spud. So shouldn't it be in the Castro? [ISSF, EaterWire]

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