Hodgepodge o' News Bites


Potato knishes. Photo by Jake Malmberg.

Some random bits of news for you: first, you ready for the big reveal on where ~SHORTY GOLDSTEIN’S~ will be opening? (It’s the fab new Jewish deli I mentioned back in November that Michael Siegel—formerly of Betelnut—is opening in the FiDi.) It’s at 126 Sutter Street, just next to the Crocker Galleria. They are going through inspections soon, and hope to open in two or three weeks. A nice feature that was revealed during construction: the 1907 building had some lovely brick walls hiding under all the mirrors (it was a dingy salad bar and deli for years). More soon on when you will be eating pastrami and knishes. 126 Sutter St. at Montgomery.

~SCALA’S BISTRO~ is launching a new late-night menu, serving a $9 menu in the bar after 9pm Mon-Fri. The menu includes cocktails (hello, Negroni), wine by the carafe, the popular fritto misto, a half dozen oysters, and a selection of signature pizzas, like the funghi with toma, king trumpet mushrooms, balsamic-roasted radicchio, and caramelized onions.

Big news in our third-wave coffee land: ~FOUR BARREL COFFEE~ owners (Jeremy Tooker, Jodi Geren, and Tal Mor) have purchased local roaster De La Paz. Eater mentions they will be building out a new café in the roastery location on Mission Street—just next to AQ’s upcoming TBD—and it sounds like this project will be focused on blends instead of single-origin coffees. While no longer an owner of De La Paz, founder Jason Benford will remain involved (he approached the Four Barrel team with the offer to sell). Stand by for more in coming months. 1081 Mission St. at 7th St.

It’s also worth mentioning that upcoming Four Barrel and Josey Baker project ~THE MILL~ on Divisadero pushed out its opening to February 12th. I’ll have a full project recap and photos next week. Toast! It’s a-comin’. 736 Divisadero St. at Fulton.

Also in the neighborhood: a few weeks ago, I was invited to check out the new heated gazebo in the back of ~RAGAZZA~. You can read all about this state-of-the-art invention on Haighteration—if you’re looking for a fun place to host your own private dinner party but can’t afford the usual crazy-expensive private dining rooms in this town, check it out! It’s cozy and a fun alternative.

Speaking of private dining rooms, ~SOCIALE~ has a new PDR, with room for up to 25 guests.

I heard that ~THE DANCING PIG BBQ~ (warning: music!) in the Castro has closed today. No one is picking up the phone, so this remains unconfirmed, but my source is pretty confident. 544 Castro St. at 19th St., 415-529-2797.

Over in the ~FERRY BUILDING~ Marketplace, the latest kiosk to join the family is Pressed Juicery. From February 7th-13th, they will be running a special: the full program of cleanse juices will be offered for just $39 a day, discounted from the original $48.50, and the recommended three-day cleanse for $117, discounted from the original $145.50. Open daily 6am-8pm.