Coming Soon: New Paganini Project in The Grove Hayes Valley, Empire Pizza, The Old Clam House Returns!


The entrance to The Grove Hayes. Photo provided by The Grove.


The original sign and exterior of The Old Clam House. Yelp photo from Eddie C.

Some quick coming soon notes: Adriano Paganini and his Back of the House group will be opening a new fast-casual concept/version of the plant-based Wildseed in the former Grove location in Hayes Valley. [Via San Francisco Business Times]

Meanwhile, the owners of The Grove are taking over the Pizzeria Delfina that opened next to their Mission Street/Yerba Buena location downtown. It will be called ~EMPIRE PIZZA~, and will reportedly be focused on true New York-style pizza (with former Pizzeria Delfina pizzaiolo Brandon Wells leading the helm). Since SFist has someone paying for their SF Biz Times subscription, you can read more in their piece. The big slices are coming in June. 688 Mission St. at 3rd St.

I had some folks reach out to me on Instagram about new owners coming to SF’s oldest restaurant (161 years old!), ~THE OLD CLAM HOUSE~, which has been shuttered since the beginning of the pandemic. The new owners are the family behind Mona Lisa in North Beach, and reportedly plan to keep things mostly the same. Hurrah! The reopening is slated for this month. 299 Bayshore Blvd. at Oakdale. [Via Chronicle]