El Sur adds breakfast empanadas and Michelin firepower to its repertoire
El Sur, the Argentine empanadas pop-up that found a home in Potrero Hill last summer, is flourishing, adding expanded hours and new items. Specifically, two breakfast empanadas: the tartiflette, with bacon, onion, potato, cheese, and egg, and the verdura, with braised greens, onion, potato, goat cheese, and egg. Owner Marianne Despres has brought in former Quince pastry chef Shawn Gawle to create medialunas, which are basically a smaller, Argentine cousin to the croissant, and to update El Sur’s dulce de leche churros. Expanded hours and breakfast menu starts February 26, is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Wing Wings sold to new owners, won’t change
Owner Christian Cisle has sold his Lower Haight wing spot and chef hangout, Wing Wings. Luckily, it’s going to Eric and Tony Shou, an uncle-nephew team who operate nearby Crescent City Cafe and Spaghetti Western. The Shous will train with Ciscle to learn the ropes before taking over completely. It marks a new chapter for Ciscle and pal Richie Nakano, who’ve run their IDK Concepts pop-ups out of Wing Wings for years; Ciscle is now helping to open Cafe Lambretta in Soma.
Tyler Florence wins good person award
Celebrity chef and owner of Wayfare Tavern, Tyler Florence, is one of the Red Cross’ Gala Honorees for his role in the aftermath of the California wildfires, through his fundraiser The Grateful Table. He’s being honored in fun and fancy ceremony at SF City Hall — tickets are already sold out for the gala itself, but there’ll be an afterparty attended by honorary co-chair Steve Aoki and TyFlo himself, plus boozy treats from Powder, the Taiwanese shaved snow spot in the Haight, and more. Tickets are $110 for the afterparty, which starts at 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 17.
The massive Whole Foods going into Mid-Market is occupying a historical landmark
The enormous space that will become a Whole Foods, brewery, and food hall in 2021 has seen many changes during its tenure at 8th and Market. Most notably, it was the home of the 71,000-square-foot Crystal Palace Market, which operated there from 1923 until 1959. There are even more cool historical details in SFWeekly’s piece about it, here.