Thought I’d do a few quick updates: in the Western Addition/NoPa, it looks like the former B’s BBQ & Grill is morphing into ~EL RANCHO GRANDE~, announcing burritos and quesadillas on their awning. No idea about when they plan to open, but it’s reportedly close. 855 Divisadero St. at McAllister.
Down the street, I had a peek at the replacement for On the Corner—while the working name is ~PANINI~, it’s TBD. Actually, the whole thing seems TBD—they only had some coffee going on the espresso machine (Lavazza) the day I swung by, with limited baked goods on offer. But based on the extensive wine racking system, and a (potential) name like Panini, the offering is sure to be expanded once they get more underway. The look is pretty spare, but with a look at the Kartell lamps overhead (did they buy those from Metro Kathmandu?), I have some hopes for some style to manifest as well. 359 Divisadero St. at Oak.
According to liquor license permits, there’s a new place called ~SKOOL~ opening in Potrero Hill. Grub Street has the deets: “Andy Mirabell, formerly director of operations for Blowfish Sushi, is opening a new fish-focused restaurant in a Potrero Hill space that’s been vacant for about a decade. The name: Skool. The large space is in one of the neighborhood’s many design complexes at 1725 Alameda Street (at DeHaro) and has never before been used for a restaurant—the owner has previously refused multiple offers to lease it for restaurant use, but he liked Mirabell’s business plan enough to say yes.” The net/net (har): fab patio, seafood focus (but not sushi), seasonal cocktails, a pizza oven for Spanish-style flatbreads, and more. In the kitchen is former Bushi Tei sous chef Toshihiro Nagano, and his wife, Hiroko. Targeted opening: end of June for lunch service, and dinner around July 4th. 1725 Alameda St. at DeHaro, 415-255-8800.
More seafood, and more from Grub Street: moving into the Lingba Space on Potrero will be ~ROCKETFISH~, a “Japanese Tapistro & Lounge.” It will reportedly feature “a unique blend of old-school Japanese cuisine with classic global tapas and sushi, all in a bistro-esque environment.” Tapistro. Hmmm. Don’t confuse it with something you could order at Starbucks. 1469 18th St. at Connecticut.