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La Fusion Rotiserrie Readies, Cotogna's Outside Seats, More

FIDI - La Fusion, the "nuevo Latin kitchen" we mentioned a few weeks back, should be opening in the old Krivaar Cafe space at 475 Pine St. in the next two to three weeks. Chef-owner and Mexico City native Javier Madero tells Eater he plans to serve a pan-Latin menu of small plates priced in the approachable range of $9 and $11. Madero, a Cordon Bleu Mexico City grad who's cooked all over the world, says he's particularly excited about the Peruvian-style rotisserie chickens they'll be offering. He also mentioned Argentine empanadas and several ceviche styles representing different areas of South America. The finishing touches on a complete interior overhaul are now being wrapped up. Look out for online ordering, happy hour, lunch and dinner, out of the gate when this guy opens. [EaterWire]

AL FRESCO WIRE - On August 1, Cotogna will unleash four two-tops outside the restaurant on Pacific Ave. The new spots will be set aside for walk-in diners. [ISSF]

BAR WIRE - SF Weekly checks in with the Burritt Room, which bar star Kevin Diedrich and staff recently vacated to start up Jasper's Corner Tap. Former Bourbon & Branch bar manager Joel Baker has come to the rescue. He's currently staffing up and building a roster of 10 or so drinks. [SF Weekly]

LISTICLES - The Huff Po's new SF section calls out five bars that "have mastered the tricky art of having a bar perfect for cocktails and a menu fit for a foodie royalty:" Bar Agricole, Dosa on Fillmore, Heaven's Dog, Locanda and Gitane. Let's add Txoko and Absinthe to that list. [Huff Po]

REVAMPS - Safeway is planning a big remodel to its Ocean Beach store. Sounds like it'll take at least a year to wrap this up. [TRB]

EXPANSIONWIRE - Charlie Hallowell's Oakland pizza shop Boot & Shoe Service opened its adjacent cafe in the old DiBartolo Cafe on Tuesday morning. For now, Sightglass coffee and some cold breakfast items are offered. Lunch will roll out in August. An evening service with small bites and cocktails is planned for the long run. [ISSF]

CRITIC'S PICKS - Jonathan Kauffman writes down the five pizza places in San Francisco that the SF Weekly staff likes best: Gialina, Anthony Mangieri's Una Pizza Napoletana, 25-year-old Pauline's, both Pizzeria Delfina locations and—the wild card—Arinell. Honorable mention goes to Casey's Pizza, Little Star, Flour + Water and Tony's Pizza Napoletana. [SF Weekly]

FOOD & MUSIC - As evidenced here and here, music-minded businesses like Noise Pop and Outside Lands are diving into creative partnerships with chefs and restaurants, and now the Turntable Kitchen blog has launched something called Pairings Box, featuring a different "curated food and music discovery experience" each month. $25 includes home-delivery of a 7-inch vinyl single, a digital mixtape, three recipes and some of the dry ingredients required to make them. [The Feast]

Jasper's Corner Tap and Kitchen

401 Taylor Street, , CA 94102 (415) 775-7979 Visit Website


490 Pacific Avenue, , CA 94133 (415) 775-8508 Visit Website

Boot and Shoe

3308 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94610

Una Pizza Napoletana

210 11th Street, , CA 94103 (415) 861-3444 Visit Website


3621 18th Street, , CA 94110 (415) 552-4055 Visit Website

La Fusion

475 Pine St., San Francisco, CA