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Popular Belgian Bakery Vive La Tarte Expanding to Noe Valley

Plus a 45-year-old Japanese cafe closes, Foxsister overhauls its menu, and more intel

Michelle Min

Vive La Tarte is making moves

Earlier this year, SoMa’s Vive La Tarte expanded into the Ferry Building with a cafe serving avocado toast, cheesecake, and savory stuffed croissants dubbed tacros. Up next, Vive La Tarte is taking over the former Bliss Bar at 4026 24th Street in Noe Valley, although details are scarce. It will also expand to Southern California.

No more freshly made taiyaki

Before matcha soft serve in fish-shaped cakes became an Instagram sensation, May’s Coffee Shop was serving the cute Japanese street snack — known as taiyaki — in Japantown. Known as the indoor sidewalk-style cafe inside the Japan Center, May’s opened in 1973 and is now closed for good. It served a mix of American, Japanese, and Hawaiian eats but was most popular for its taiyaki filled with chocolate, red bean, or chocolate with banana.

Foxsister gets a serious menu update

The Mission’s Foxsister is completely overhauling its menu on Nov. 7. While there will still be a heavy Korean influence, the restaurant is emphasizing chef-owner Brandon Kirksey’s Italian cooking background — he used to work at Flour + Water — with noodle dishes, such as black bean garlic noodles, Sichuan short rib egg noodles, and squid ink “bow Thai” noodles.

Possible movement on La Victoria space

Just weeks after 67-year-old Mission panaderia La Victoria Mexican Bakery & Cafe has closed, a new bakery is negotiating to take its place. That bakery is another SF institution: Cinderella Bakery & Cafe, the famed Russian spot that has been serving piroshkis and pierogis in the Inner Richmond since 1953.

Family meals in Marin

San Anselmo’s Madcap is hosting a weekly family-style dinner series known as Madcap Mondays, inspired by the days when he was executive chef at the Western Room at Rancho Nicasio. The multi-course meals will cost $45 per person and continue through November.

A closure in the Financial District

Bread & Cocoa (199 Sutter Street), a simple breakfast and brunch spot, has called it quits. Perhaps it wasn’t ready to compete with the neighborhood’s new Amazon Go store, where everything is self-serve.

Bliss Bar

4026 24th Street, San Francisco, CA 94114 415 826 6200


198 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, , CA 94960 (415) 453-9898 Visit Website


3161 24th Street, , CA 94110 (415) 829-7814 Visit Website

La Victoria Mexican Bakery & Cafe

2937 24th St, San Francisco, CA 94110 +1 415-642-7120 Visit Website