Coming Soon: Filipino Elena Una to the Marina, Proposed Projects, and More


The sign at Elena Una. Photo via Facebook.


Juanita More! Photo: Aubrie Pick.

This column is already getting toooooo looooong, so I’m just going to give you some quick updates, and you can click through to the original sources for more details if you’re interested. Okay? Okay!

The short-lived Gipsy Darling in the Marina will be replaced by a casual Filipino pop-up called ~ELENA UNA~ from chef Janice Lazaga and her wife, Kaye Otbo. Look for some updated Filipino dishes; Eater reports they plan to open October 27th. Tue-Sat 8:30am-2pm and 4:30pm-9pm. 3347 Fillmore St. at Chestnut.

A couple of weeks ago, I noticed local performer, promoter, and activist Juanita More! mentioned in her newsletter that she wanted to open a restaurant in the Tenderloin, Compton’s, inspired by Gene Compton’s Cafeteria (the site of the seminal Compton’s Cafeteria Riot in August 1966, one of the first recorded transgender riots and revolts against police harrassment in the U.S.). Just this year, at the conclusion of the San Francisco Trans March, a new street sign was unveiled, renaming the 100 block of Taylor Street as Gene Compton’s Cafeteria Way—the cafeteria used to be at 101 Taylor.

Hoodline followed up on the story: her proposal is to open an LGBTQ-centric restaurant in Group i’s development at 950-974 Market St., instead of the proposed Magic Theatre project, in an attempt to preserve the queer history of this part of the Tenderloin—several gay bars used to be where the new development is going in. (Read the comments in the Hoodline piece to understand more of the controversy behind it all.) The San Francisco Planning Commission hearing takes place on Thursday October 27th at noon, City Hall, Commission Chambers (Room 400) and is open to the public.

A Korean fried chicken place is coming to the Tenderloin, ~THE BRIM~, from Min Choe (Tamashisoul and Sushi Hon), partnering with Nathan Choi and Jae Jung of food truck Kokio Republic. The plan is to open in early 2017. 711 and 715 Geary St. at Leavenworth. [Via Hoodline.]

Bayview-based distillery and brewery Seven Stills (which makes whiskey from craft beer) has taken over ~LAWTON TRADING POST~ in the Outer Sunset and will be opening a beer taproom, with some food offerings too. 3645 Lawton St. at 43rd Ave. More in Hoodline.

A Middle Eastern sandwich shop called ~TAHINI~ is coming to the Mission from first-time owner Monti Majthoub, who has had enough of the mediocre shawarma around town. Go on! His plans are to just serve shawarma, kebab, kanafeh, and french fries, with bread made in-house and falafel fried to order. Look for an opening in summer 2017. 2859 Mission St. at 25th St. [Via Mission Local.]

There’s a proposed microbrewery and American restaurant from North Beach’s Cafe Delucchi going through the SF Planning Commission right now, which would turn Delucchi Sheet Metal into a 3,989-square-foot restaurant and outdoor area, serving brunch and dinner. (Owner Richard Jones is losing his Cafe Delucchi lease soon, so he’s trying to keep his business in the neighborhood.) Delucchi Sheet Metal Works would remain as a tenant and continue to work at the location, but in the basement and on the second level. 1526 Powell St. at Green.