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903, Ike's Lair, Sushi Ninja, and More

This week has been big in restaurant openings across the land: Southern Pacific Brewing unleashes its kegs in the Mission tonight, Redd Wood started slinging the pedigreed pizzas up in Napa, and the poignant re-opening of Original Joe's took North Beach yesterday. Now let's rewind for a moment and take in the other openings that graced the stage.

903 Cortland. [Photo: Flickr/Todd Lappin]

1) Bernal Heights: Sandbox Bakery pastry chef Mutsumi Takehara more than doubled her Cortland Ave. real estate this week with the opening of 903, a larger restaurant serving more savory items, and Japanese rice burgers. [ISSF, Bernalwood, EaterWire]

2) Lower Nob Hill: Sushi Ninja is now bringing the Japanese pizza and eccentric sushi rolls at 900 Bush St. [Thrillist, EaterWire]

3) Castro: GrubStreet explains that SF Grill Castro opened last night in the former Beautifull! space at 2301 Market, serving "Almost Famous Panini Grilled Sandwiches," which is a selling point these days. [GrubStreet]

4) FiDi: The Ozumo people have opened their machine-powered sushi joint U-Sushi at 525 Market St. Here's some background on that one. [Tablehopper]

5) Russian Hill: The Yoppi Yogurt-Tuttimelon switcheroo has been completed at 2125 Polk St., and Fro-Yo Girl passes on a picture of what you can eat here. Also look out for freebies from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 4 during the "grand opening" celebration. [Fro-Yo Girl]

6) Uptown Oakland: Signore Lucchesi passes on word that Ike Shehadeh's newest sandwich emporium Ike's Lair (2204 Broadway) hath opened next to Plum on Broadway. The interesting twist here is that he's offering “The Bakesale,” a fried chicken-and-slaw sandwich, and calling it an homage to Bakesale Betty's cult-followed sandwich with the same ingredients. Meanwhile, Bakesale Betty's (2228 Broadway) is just back in action down the street after winter break. [ISSF]

7) Lakeside, Oakland: "The country’s first 100% carbon-neutral coffee shop" is (apparently) finally here. Tablehopper says Noble Cafe is open in The Grand apartment building, serving Blue Bottle and an organic menu, natch. [Tablehopper]


903 Cortland Ave., San Francisco, CA