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So much plywood to report on today, friends. Hang on tight.


NOPA - A liquor license was just issued for the future Divisadero location of Bi-Rite Market, right next to Nopa restaurant. This one will be a little bigger than the Mission location; and it looks like a September opening is still within reach. [EaterWire]

COW HOLLOW - The Lite Bite (1796 Union Street) gourmet deli we mentioned is indeed moving forward across from Roam Artisan Burgers. Check out their almost complete and fancy website here. The biz is owned by Wells Fargo financial advisor Techi Carreon and former Il Fornaio manager Angelo Ferrari. Construction hasn't started yet; but when all's said and done, this will be a 14-or-so-seat cafe offering pre-packaged entrees, seasonal sides by-the-pound, panini-pressed sandwiches, Ritual coffee and natural sodas. Soft-opening and actual opening are both planned for this summer. [EaterWire]

MISSION - Amber Dara, the new Amber India spinoff with cocktails coming to Valencia Street, was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission. Construction will start in a couple weeks. Owner Vijay Bist still plans to open in August. [EaterWire]

NORTH BEACH - Highly anticipated Broadway Spanish joint Txoko announced an opening date of May 31. Finishing touches are now being put on the space by Urban Chalet. "We hope Txoko will be a regular San Francisco hang out for many,” says chef-owner Ian Begg. [EaterWire]

Eiko%27s%20Rendering.jpgNAPA - This new restaurant called Eiko's (rendered at right) should soon be bringing "alcoholic bento boxes" and Japanese fare to the former Piccolino's spot in downtown Napa. Look at them apples. [The Cork Board]

SOMA - Dearly departed Jollibee will be replaced by Oasis Cafe, serving wraps kebabs and other Mediterranean fare, starting Monday. It's no American-style Filipino fast food joint, but we won't pooh-pooh them this early on. [LiveSoma]

HAYES VALLEY - The Linden Street Blue Bottle kiosk probably isn't overjoyed that The Proxy Project's Ritual Coffee shipping container will be opening this Saturday. [Tablehopper]

RUSSIAN HILL - Non-Shocker: Tajine's stint on Van Ness didn't work out; but now the popular Moroccan spot is returning to its Polk Street roots. The new Tajine should open near the intersection of Clay any day now. [ISSF]

SOMA - Pho mecca Turtle Tower is planning to open another location at 6th and Bryant by June 1. [LiveSoma]

BERKELEY - The now-closed Larry Blake's Restaurant and Bar at 2367 Telegraph Ave. will be replaced by Pappy’s Grill and Sports Bar by mid-August. [Daily Cal]

BERNAL HEIGHTS - La Cocina-born piroshki and soup startup Anda Piroshki will be opening at 331 Cortland on May 25. [SFoodie]

INNER RICHMOND - Thai Noodle Jump (560 Balboa) will be replaced by Kaminari. The owner is Keita Furukawa; it's all sounding very Japanese. [GrubStreet, EaterWire]

PIZZA! - Rosso Pizzeria & Wine Bar is planning two new locations: one at Sebastopol's forthcoming culinary and art center, The Barlow; the other in Petaluma's Theater District. [ISSF]


504 Broadway, San Francisco, CA 94133 415 500 2744 Visit Website

Turtle Tower Restaurant

645 Larkin Street, , CA 94109 (415) 409-3333 Visit Website

Bi-Rite Market

3639 18th Street, San Francisco, CA 94110 415 241 9760

Bi-Rite Market,

550 Divisadero Street, San Francisco, CA