For quite some time now, we've been bothering Michael Mina's people about the future of the Westin St. Francis restaurant space and the intended steakhouse. Today they tell us that Mina will move forward with the launch of a fifth outpost of Bourbon Steak, the concept restaurant that's already humming in Scottsdale, DC, Miami and Detroit. So it would appear that all those labor union issues were smoothed out. Michael Mina restaurant, as we know it, will close mid-September. And then Bourbon Steak will open in its stead on October 7 with a notable Bay Area slant as compared to the other Bourbon Steaks out there. Hamada Farms and Dirty Girl Farms, for example, are listed among projected produce sources. Apparently Mina's butter-poaching approach to cooking beef is a big hit at other outposts, so that won't change. And Inside Scoop notes that there will be a few more seats here than there were at Michael Mina.
Meanwhile, the Michael Mina concept will resurface in late October in Aqua's hallowed California Street space, albeit with all those changes we've mentioned.