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Here comes this week in openings, across the Bay.

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O3 Bistro. [Photo: Thrillist]

1) Civic Center: The people behind our city's two Ozone Thai restaurants have opened a third spot, appropriately named O3 Bistro & Lounge (524 Van Ness Ave.) where California Pizza Kitchen used to be. Talking points include a sleek, gray- and purple-toned decor with a dramatic Buddha painting and chef Joseph Villanueva, a former Le Colonial executive chef who's going pan-Asian here. Oxtail tacos, seared scallops with uni garlic noodles, and Vietnamese coffee layer cake are all on the opening menu. [EaterWire]

2) The Mission: Spork's Neil Jorgensen kicked it into high gear this week with Rice Broker (1058 Valencia St.), a new Asian rice bowl place that he'll keep up until the building is demolished later this year. [EaterWire]

3) Tenderloin: Caffe Bella Venezia has come back as iThai (720 Post St.) and it's already been established as the Thai restaurant for "post-hipsters" and the ghost of Steve Jobs on Yelp. The menu has lots of Thai staples and two sections entitled "Something Special" and "I'm Adventurous." They've also got plugs to encourage computer use while dining. [EaterWire, Yelp]

4) Oakland: Oaktown Spice Shop is a new seasoning vendor on Lake Merrit that sells spice mills, mortars, scales, recipes and everything from cinnamon and vanilla to more exotic spices from India, Africa, China, and the Mediterranean. Apparently the owners are a rather friendly lot. [KQED, Daily Candy]

Seriously, early reports on all of the above are welcome below or over the EaterWire. If you've been, tell us about it!

O3 Bistro & Lounge

524 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA

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