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Fresh Beer and Fried Onion Burgers Are Coming to Cole Valley Early Next Year

Woods Beer & Wine Co. will open in the former Reverie Cafe space in Cole Valley with Lovely’s Oklahoma-style burgers on the menu

A burger.
Lovely’s burgers are joining forces with Woods Beer & Wine Co. in Cole Valley.
Ellen Fort
Paolo Bicchieri is a reporter at Eater SF writing about Bay Area restaurant and bar trends, coffee and cafes, and pop-ups.

It’s always a good Thursday when a hometown hero announces an opening. In this case, a popular Bay Area brewery is set to open on Cole Street in San Francisco. Woods Beer & Wine Co. will open its newest location in the former Reverie Cafe space in early 2024, and owner Jim Woods tells the Chronicle the newest outpost will serve Lovely’s Oklahoma-style burgers.

This seventh Woods location will serve the business’s suite of brews, and the owner says that while the vibe is meant to be distinct from other locations, fans can anticipate something like Woods Lowside on Haight Street. To that end, Woods Lowside serves Joyride Pizza and this new location — in addition to Woods’s incoming San Anselmo outpost also due to open in early 2024 — will sell those drive-thru style burgers from Lovely’s. Reverie Cafe closed at 848 Cole Street after 21 years in business with ownership citing issues with the landlord as reasons to close.

Valencia Street ice cream shop tagged with pro-Palestinian messaging

Smitten Ice Cream, founded in 2009 by Jewish American Robyn Sue Fisher, had its Mission District location tagged on October 25. Mission Local reports the shop had “FREE PALESTIEN,” with the second word misspelled, written in graffiti on the front window while other windows were covered in plastic. It’s unclear if anything has been stolen, and no arrests have been made at this time. Neither Fisher nor a store manager commented on the incident to Mission Local.

Saison beverage director opens wine bar in Scotts Valley

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Pandesal doughnuts head to Piedmont Avenue

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