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• Mission District eatery WesBurger ‘N’ More premiered a new look for its exterior on Instagram recently: the restaurant is now reimagined as a giant cheeseburger reaching to the sky. Featuring an enormous cheeseburger on its formerly drab facade, the mural by San Francisco-based artist Jeremy Fish leaves no question as to what is sold inside the 2240 Mission Street building. Beyond the burger, Fish is well-known for his bronze bunny sculpture in Lower Haight and other street art. WesBurger owner Wes Rowe says that he and Fish became friends years ago after he approached the artist at the beach to say he was a fan of his work — it turns out that Fish, a burger lover, was a fan of Rowe’s work at the restaurant. The duo has worked together on other projects, like T-shirts and coloring pages for WesBurger, but this is definitely the most ambitious. Fish believes this is the biggest burger art in the world and is in contact with representatives at Guinness World Records to confirm.
• Someone is stealing, and attempting to steal, really nice bottles of Italian wine from Russian Hill establishments. Habibi Bar on Hyde Street lost $2,253.43 worth of wine bottles after a robbery last week. Reportedly, most of the wines were Barolo and Barbaresco. Nearby Italian wine shop Biondivino also reported an attempted break-in. [SF Chronicle]
• After over a year sitting shuttered, Mission District favorite El Rio will reopen on Thursday, April 1. The patio will resume service at 4 p.m. that day. El Rio began in 1978 as a Brazilian leather gay bar and remains well known as an LGBTQ-friendly space. [Hoodline]
• Alameda County may enter the orange tier of reopening soon (in which indoor dining is allowed at 50 percent capacity), but some area bar owners say they still don’t think it’s safe to allow patrons to imbibe inside. [Berkeleyside]