Tres leches cupcakes from La Luna. Photo from Facebook.
Those ~LA COCINA~ alums just don’t quit: Elvia Buendia of ~LA LUNA CUPCAKES~ is opening a brick-and-mortar location in the Crocker Galleria on Thursday March 21st. She’ll be serving her sweet and savory cupcakes, from carrot cake cupcakes to savory ones, like bacon and eggs, and beef with cheese and salsa. (Interesante.) Open Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and Sat 9am-5pm. 50 Post St., Level 1, Store 10, at Montgomery, 510-904-2864.
There’s a new consulting chef at ~HAYES VALLEY BAKEWORKS~: Jon Helquist, an alum from Chez Panisse, Manzanita, and Seghesio Family Vineyards. Look for a new array of upgraded salads, sandwiches (like the fried chicken sandwich with smoked paprika mayo, arugula, provolone, and pickled onions), soups (like black bean chili with cheddar corn bread croutons), and pizzas. And don’t forget, HVB is a project of Toolworks, a San Francisco nonprofit that has created employment opportunities for thousands of individuals with disabilities since 1975. Open Mon-Fri 7am-7pm, Sat 8am-5pm. 550 Gough St. at Fulton, 415-864-2688.
Permits reveal an Indian restaurant will be taking over the former Kan Zaman in the Upper Haight; the name on the license is ~GREAT INDIAN FOOD~, let’s hope it lives up to its name. 1793 Haight St. at Shrader.