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ALL OVER THE PLACE - British grocery chain Fresh & Easy will be unloading what sounds like a small army of Euro-style supermarkets in the Bay Area and NorCal in the first quarter of 2011. So look out for what their CEO calls a "post-melting-pot (food) format...[reflecting] the wide diversity of the U.S. market and U.S. consumers." This means automated checkout lines, fresh-made meals and the expectation that customers will pop in several times a week for necessary items, like baguettes or dog food. According to the Silicon Valley Biz Journal there will be outposts in San Jose's Willow Glen district, Pacifica, Danville, Walnut Creek, Concord, Vacaville, Modesto. The Chron says one is coming to Bayview and there's talk of an eventual Richmond branch too. "They want to compete with the likes of a Safeway, but do it like a Trader Joe's, with special items that consumers can't find elsewhere," says the retail editor for Supermarket News, to whom we will certainly defer on these matters. [SV Biz Journal, Chron, Richmond District]

RUSSIAN HILL - Ruggero Gadaldi, who's involved with a few popular restaurants around town, recently sold his fifteen-year-old Russian Hill Antica Trattoria to the Cafe Metropol owners. Right now the plan is to completely remodel the space, and open an Austrian-Italian concept called Leopold's with a prominent marble bar and a communal table. But the deal's not done yet, so we'll have to wait a bit on the final final. [ISSF]

SAN JOSE - A quick-service empanada business called The Mmoon is moving into the space that's been vacant for three years at 177 W. Santa Clara Street. The 50-seat interior has a retro flair, yet brings in modern elements like a digital art gallery and Apple mac-mini-powered sound system. They are targeting a September 8th opening as of now. [EaterWire]

SOMA - Schnitzelhaus has gone to the wolves and GrubStreet tells us a Southern soul spot called Daddy O's shall be opening soon in its stead. [GrubStreet]

THE SUNSET - An unidentifiable source tells us labor-intensive-sounding, roll-your-own-sushi-joint Let's Roll Sushi is looking very close to opening. Keep your eye on the door and do tell us if you see it open. [EaterWire]

MISSION - SFoodie alerted us that Chilli Cha Cha will be opening a second restaurant in the shuttered China Fun Fast Food, which wasn't having so much fun when they failed their health inspection and had to shut down due to a vermin overload. You should know Chilli Cha Cha 2 has a clean bill of health and they're famous for fried noodles. [SFoodie]

SFO - The upcoming Terminal 2 project at SFO is shaping up quite nicely. Over the past week, we've heard Iron Chef Cat Cora will be opening a BBQ spot close to other confirmed tenents like Pinkberry, Cowgirl Creamery, Three Twins Ice Cream, Equator Coffee and Vino Volo. And that's all just within the proposed Napa Farms Market. There are a few other confirmed restaurants you can read about over at Inside Scoop. [ISSF, Daily Sip]

HAYES VALLEY - Madame Hopper passed on word that new Thai restaurant Bai Thong will be opening this Saturday at Gough and Fell in the former Thepin Thai Cuisine location. The owners had a restaurant in northeastern Thailand for several years so they may stretch beyond your standard Americanized pad Thai. [Tablehopper]

OAKLAND - Vegan Filipino mecca No Worries is doing some cooking demos and early tastings leading up to its grand opening. Vegansaurus! has the details. [Vegansaurus!]

EAST BAY - A vegan man named Davey Surcamp would like to open the first vegan gourmet artisan bakery storefront in the bay area with a wood burning brick oven. He will call it A Fire Inside Forno, and he's asking for donations via Kickstarter to help get this thing off the ground. The amount he gets will determine how much he can do at the finished product. If he has enough money to buy a donut fryer, for example, he'll make vegan donuts. So if you're interest is peaked, read what the man has to say. [Vegansaurus!]

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