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Chantal Guillon, Calbee, Cafe Sophie, Openings Approacheth!

HAYES VALLEY - Chantal Guillon's redo of the Paulette macaron shop will open before June ends. She spent the past month installing a kitchen so she can make the macarons locally. New flavors shall include the ever-trendy salted caramel, green tea, peach bellini and rose. [EaterWire]

INNER RICHMOND - Something called Umami is moving into the Brother's Restaurant No. 2 location at 4014 Geary. Might run into some issues considering there's already one Umami in town and another on the way. [EaterWire]

UNION SQUARE - Here come the shrimp chips. The Feast reports Japanese "snack titan" Calbee will be opening in the Westfield on July 10 with freebies galore. The eager may also wish to check out this contest on the website for one month of Calbee snacks. [The Feast]

CASTRO - Possibly soft-opening today is a new spot called Cafe Sophie in the old Tazza d'Amore space. The menu spans quiches to fresh-baked pop tarts to pressed sandwiches. [Tablehopper]

INNER SUNSET - A tipster notes Little Bangkokhas been closed for the last two weeks. "Over the weekend they finally shut it all down, covered the windows and it looks like they are beginning construction on the new place." [EaterWire]

INNER SUNSET EXTRA - The same tipster notes Patxi's has begun clearing out the old Darla's space and redesigning the patio. [EaterWire]

SOUTH BEACH - The Feast sheds a tiny light on the curiously closed Spire. Apparently they are getting up to code and the reopening is contingent on the city. [The Feast]

PALO ALTO - LYFE Kitchen will host its ground breaking ceremony on Hamilton Ave. today. Remember this is the socially responsible, solidly backed venture from Oprah's former private chef Art Smith and vegan cookbook author Tal Ronnen. Here's the splash page to give you an idea of where all this is going. [EaterWire]

BERNAL HEIGHTS- Since Al's Cafe Good Food shuttered on Mission St., many have wondered what will replace the storied diner. Now a Bernalwood commenter hears a former Al's worker has taken over and plans to spruce things up and reopen as a diner. Even the prices won't change that much. Reopening date is still TBA. [Bernalwood]

SOMA - A new nightlife venue called Beatbox will officially replace Fat City at 314 11th St. next Saturday. The goal here is to open "a new chapter in San Francisco nightlife, urban art installation and media," which sounds super easy. [GrubStreet]

ST. HELENA - A tasting room housing at least four different wineries is getting ready to open on Main St. Confirmed participants include Briar Creek Cellars, Spotted Owl Wines, Terroir Napa Valley and Partridge Cellars. Opening is still TBD. [Cork Board]


Chantal Guillon

437 Hayes St., San Francisco, CA

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