REVAMPS - A tipster notices Sam's Chinese Restaurant has changed hands. The ethnic kitsch of yore has been replaced with a new paint job, new floors and furniture. Even the toilet is different. If Yelp is to be trusted, the menu is "no longer strictly Cantonese" and the wonton soup isn't as good as it used to be. [EaterWire, Yelp]
LOST AND FOUND - This story sounds familiar. Another Apple employee lost an unreleased iPhone in a bar: "it was taken from a Mexican restaurant and bar and may have been sold on Craigslist for $200. Still unclear are details about the device, what version of the iOS operating system it was running, and what it looks like." The bar in question is Jose Valle's Mission "tequila lounge" Cava 22. Valle's response to all this: "I guess I have to make my drinks a little less strong." [CNET via ISSF]
AL FRESCO WIRE - Things are moving forward for Sharon Ardiana, Ragazza and the case of the unused outdoor back patio. Tablehopper says they're aiming to open up the garden dining area on their one-year anniversary, Sept. 22nd. Twitter shall have timing updates. [Tablehopper]
NOW OPEN - Katana-ya vet Ken Matsumura has opened Ramen Underground at 355 Kearny St. (near Pine St.) SFoodie says the ramen is good, they make funny jokes about charging for M.S.G. and the credit card machine broke on their visit. No matter what, more FiDi ramen is probably a good thing.
CHEF SHUFFLES - Former Bix sous chef Colin Dewey is back in San Francisco after a lengthy period working in New York with Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich. Now Bruce Hill has brought him on at Zero Zero as chef de cuisine and the menu changes are already in the works. Expect newness to hit in the pasta and crudo departments first. [ISSF]