Random Bits and News Bites

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Sashimi deluxe; photo from Tataki South.

A friend forwarded me the Glen Park Association newsletter, and now the blog mentions the partners of both Tataki locations (Ken Lui, Kenny Zhu, and Raymond Ho) are taking over the Sel et Vin wine bar space, which I mentioned had closed. They will be opening a Japanese sushi bar and restaurant in December—the name, menu, and more are being decided, but of course their sustainable approach to seafood sourcing will be a part of the concept. They will also be remodeling the space, so expect some bamboo in effect. 678 Chenery St. at Diamond.

I’m happy to return from Turkey and learn there’s a new Turkish place to scope out: Chowhounders have been tracking the return of Turkish chef Vahit Besir, who just opened his restaurant, ~GRILL HOUSE MEDITERRANEAN~. 533 Jones St. at O’Farrell.

Driving home from a Turtle Tower run on Friday, I noticed ~VIETNAM TOO~ has morphed into Sao Bien Restaurant. 701 Larkin St. at Ellis, 415-885-1274.

Up on Polk Street, Inside Scoop and Eater report ~BATTER BAKERY~ has partnered up with ~SQUARE MEALS~ (a meal delivery service) to open up in the Bombay Masala space. Look for an all-day café concept, with Ritual Roasters coffee and fresh-baked pastries in the morning, plus lunch and dinner (like “inventive whole grain salads, slow-braised meats, and other seasonal items”). The space is being completely revamped, but the owners are hopeful for an early December opening. There will be 20 seats, plus sidewalk seating as well. 2127 Polk St. at Broadway.

7x7 shares news that ~PIZZA INFERNO~ on Fillmore has done some serious updating: they now have a VPN (Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana) certified pizzaiolo from Naples, Ettore Rusciano, who has expanded the menu to include 33 Neapolitan-inspired pizzas. And they are claiming to have the largest selection of draft beers on Fillmore (20 craft beers on draft). And there’s an extended happy hour: Mon-Thu 3pm-7pm and Sun-Thu 9pm-close, you can get selected drafts beers for 50% off and $5 wines by the glass. 1800 Fillmore St. at Sutter, 415-775-1800.