News Bites: Changes at Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, Fire at Saffron Grill, More Late-Night Burgers

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The iconic Roosevelt Tamale Parlor sign; Yelp photo by Marina N.

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A beignet from Devil’s Teeth. Photo from Facebook.

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Big Chef Tom’s Bombay burger; Yelp photo by Luis C.

Some interesting news at the former Roosevelt Tamale Parlor (now known as ~THE ROOSEVELT~): Grub Street followed up on some license activity and has an informative post about the new owners, Aaron Presbrey and chef Barry Moore (previously head chef at Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack). The duo took over November 1st and are taking very good care to maintain the iconic history of the place, while still updating the space and menu—think a shorter menu (it used to clock in at 150-plus choices), better ingredients, and some specials. What’s wonderful is the team kept the same kitchen staff, and yes, the tamales are still a fixture. I look forward to checking it out in the new year, when the new menu should be more established. 2817 24th St. at York, 415-824-2600.

Some folks on Twitter let me know that ~SAFFRON GRILL~ in the Westen Addition suffered a fire on Friday night. According to Haighteration, they are hoping to reopen in a couple of months. 1279 Fulton St. at Divisadero, 415-567-5100.

Outer Sunset gem ~DEVIL’S TEETH BAKING COMPANY~ has a new location closer into town: they’ve recently started serving out of a takeout window at Big bar at 761 Post St. They’ve got coffee and morning pastries (including muffins and scones), and are open daily, 7am-11am. UPDATE: FALSE ALARM. THIS SECOND LOCATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Some liquor license activity reveals another taker for the Gramercy Towers restaurant space, which was famously the site of Vanessi’s many years ago. The new project is ~OSSO STEAKHOUSE~ from Jerry and Jennifer Dal Bozzo (The Stinking Rose, The Old Clam House, Boboquivari’s). Inside Scoop reports the menu will be very similar to Bobo’s, there will be 200 seats, and a 1920s style. Look for an opening by spring 2013. 1177 California St. at Jones.

More meat: there’s yet another new place to score a burger late night in the Mission (besides KronnerBurger). According to Grub Street, Big Chef Tom’s Belly Burgers will be serving his pork belly patty burgers at the side window of ~BEAST AND THE HARE~ on Friday nights from 11pm-3am.

~FARLEY’S~ on Potrero Hill has relaunched food service, now offering four panini (a muffaletta, turkey and cheddar, grilled cheese, and a a vegetarian option) all on Acme focaccia, using sustainable, hormone-free, and antibiotic-free meats. There’s also soup and salad available. For dessert: some Three Twins ice cream (make it an affogato!). 1315 18th St. at Texas, 415-648-1545.

More sandwich news: have you hopped over to the Kickstarter campaign for ~PAL’S TAKEAWAY~ to help with their relocation costs? Donate some money and get some sandwiches in return (come on and help ‘em out!).