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Specchio Cocktails; New Fines for Ike; Mijita Margs; MORE

THE MISSION - Specchio, that Mission Italian spot that hasn't gotten much ink since it opened in November of 2008, has landed a liquor license. The cocktail program, however, is still under construction and will be fully unleashed this fall; at which time you'll presumably be able to wash down the restaurant's self-proclaimed "post industrial modern Italian" fare with a slurp of Martini. Oh how times have changed. [EaterWire]

IKE'S vs. NIMBYs - Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse for Ike of Castro sandwicheria Ike's Place, The Bay Citizen tells us the Planning Department is issuing a $250 a day fine for his eponymous sandwich shop just for staying open. In the closest thing to the middle finger Sir Ike can muster, as of today he will remain open for business and pay the fine, amounting to an extra $7500 a month. [Bay Citizen]

BALLPARK - The Mijita happy hour starts today with $5 margaritas from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Drink purchase includes free chips and salsa, which we sort of expected anyway, but is still a nice gesture. [EaterWire]

UNDERGROUND DINNER - Next Saturday Aug. 14th, the Dirty Dishes people are hosting a sushi making class, including a three-course sushi and shochu tasting at an undisclosed loft in San Francisco. The fish will be coming from everyone's favorite Mission izakaya, Nombe and there will be a cash bar and DJs on site. More information and tickets can be found here. [EaterWire]

PALO ALTO - Shokolaat in Palo Alto is starting something called "Wine Down Wednesdays" this week, featuring $20 bottles of wine; and then on Thursdays, they are still transforming the patio into a flamenco festival with live music and a menu of tapas that cost $5 or less. Party time. [EaterWire]


Ike's Place

3489 16th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 415 553 6888


2331 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA