New Projects: Loretta Keller at the New Exploratorium, El Faro Comes to the Haight, More

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A rendering of the new Exploratorium location, courtesy of Exploratorium.

A random roundup of projects that are coming soon: first, chef Loretta Keller (COCO500) is partnering with Bon Appétit Management Company to create the menus and food for the two cafés planned for the upcoming Exploratorium location at Pier 15. The new location will open in 2013. Embarcadero at Green Street.

The Mission’s ~EL FARO~ (supposedly the original inventor of the super burrito) will be opening a taqueria in the former Taqueria El Balazo space in the Upper Haight, according to Uppercasing. This will be their fourth location. 1654 Haight St. at Cole.

Meanwhile, it looks like the rumors may be true: a Chinese restaurant appears to be coming to the Lower Haight, taking over the Clay Oven Space on the corner at Fillmore. The new name on the license is ~WONDERLAND~, listing owner Ningzhe Wen of Wild Pepper in the Mission. Here’s more on Haighteration. 500 Haight St. at Fillmore.

Moving into the former ~DUMPLINGS & BUNS~ spot in Pacific Heights will be ~SIFT~, a cupcake and dessert bar. This is their fourth location—the company has three locations in Napa and Sonoma counties. The opening is slated for end of summer/beginning of autumn. 2411 California St. at Fillmore.