The latest Chihuahua
The Little Chihuahua keeps getting bigger, and now it’s open at 1431 Polk Street in what was previously home to a Greek restaurant called Mykonos. Known for burritos and tacos with sometimes unconventional ingredients like plantains, the Little Chihuahua operates four other locations in SF. The new Polk Gulch “TLC” is open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Tribune Tavern returns
Chris Pastena has reopened Tribune Tavern, the Uptown restaurant in a historic space he first opened in 2013 with partner Tom Henderson, a shady businessman who was later indicted for fraud, closing their business in 2017. Now Pastena, also of Oakland’s Calavera and Chop Bar, owns the business with his wife, Jana. They’ve redone the paint and floors, and updated the layout and menu. It’s open during evenings only to start, but lunch and brunch are coming down the line.
Palette’s new prix-fixe
SoMa hybrid gallery and restaurant Palette from chef/artist Peter J. Hemsley aims to attract more downtown SF diners/art enthusiasts with a prixe-fixe lunch menu called “the art of lunch.” They say you can’t rush art, but the idea is to keep things under 45 minutes, with a sample menu ($30) featuring a choice of smoked beet “tartare” or little gems, Halibut or grilled yellow squash with smoked trout roe, and dessert. It’s available Tuesday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m.
China Basin businesses close, citing Giants slump
Pedro’s Cantina and Pete’s Tavern, conjoined businesses at 128 King Street, have closed after 12 years in business, Hoodline reports. Owner Peter Osborne, who also runs MoMo’s and Mission Rock Resort nearby, says that a lack of Giants fans was a big issue, and also complains of businesses providing lunch to employees. Good news for him: Mission Rock Resort and the nearby area around Chase Center are booming, he says.