It's Time for the Random New Project Roundup!


Hot sauce photo by Luis Chong for SFoodie.

A few little tidbits around town: after some mentions in Inside Scoop and Eater, it appears ~LITE BITE~ has opened in Cow Hollow (across from Roam Artisan Burgers). The concept: healthy, grab-and-go options, from salads to sandwiches. Open 10:30am-7pm. 1796 Union St. at Octavia, 415-931-5483.

Bernalwood notes the ~PALACE STEAK HOUSE~ has reopened (with new owners), and the menu of steaks, burgers, and sandwiches seems to be mostly the same as before, and it’s all under $15. Lunch and late-night hours are reportedly in the works. 3047 Mission St. at 26th St., 415-647-2011.

SFoodie mentioned the opening of ~HOT SAUCE AND PANKO~ in the Richmond. Not only is there a retail shop with a selection of hot sauces (rawr), but there are also some hot dishes, like wings and waffles. Quirky alert! 1545 Clement St. at 17th Ave.

No idea about the timing on this one, but ~THAI BISTRO AND LOUNGE~ appears to be the name of the business moving into the former California Pizza Kitchen space on Van Ness. The project is a ways off: the space is gutted but nothing really Thai nor bistro nor lounge is apparent yet. 524 Van Ness Ave. at McAllister.

Tipster Jason B. let me know about the ~TASTE~ tea room that opened in Hayes Valley. It’s actually been open for a couple months, but this is the first I’ve heard of it. Yelp reports mention friendly owners, nice atmosphere, and Gong Fu Cha (Chinese tea ceremony). 535 Octavia St. at Grove, 415-552-5668.