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Tourist-Friendly Belden Place Gets New Life With Mexican Restaurant Tin Cactus

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And someone literally stole the doorbell from RT Rotisserie

Toy Soldier, meet Tin Cactus

There’s a bit of movement on the somewhat static, pedestrian-only Belden Alley block: A new, Mexican-inspired restaurant called Tin Cactus is headed to 56 Belden Place, the former home of Sauce on Belden, which closed in July. Tin Cactus comes from the team behind next door Toy Soldier, a bar and restaurant that opened two years ago to bring new verve to the block. Opening in October, Tin Cactus will feature a menu of tacos, sopes, and tortas, plus homemade mole and a long menu of tequilas, mezcals, and cocktails. Outdoor seating on a big patio next to Toy Soldier is in the works, too.

No special delivery for RT Rotisserie

There’s been a mystifying theft over at RT Rotisserie, the Rich Table team’s quick-service and delivery-focused chicken joint, which just opened a second location near the Panhandle. Someone stole the door bell. That’s it. That’s the whole theft. “I’m so confused,” writes RT co-owner Sarah Rich.

An inspirational Corner Store story

SFGate has a lovely portrait of Cow Hollow corner store Valentino Market, where photos of customers line the walls and owner Elie Chahwan is the heart — and typically the only employee — of the place. Sweetest of all, every year, customers throw him a surprise birthday party. That’s the corner store dream.

Ciao, Caffe Bianco

38-year-old North Beach restaurant Caffe Bianco is closing in about a month, ending its long run on Sutter Street. “It’s been our pleasure serving you and being your home away from home,” owners write. “Please visit us during our last month of business to share friendly conversations, old memories and a taste of your day over our fine coffee.”

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