Tidbits: Fire at Bliss Bar, Tosca Update, Red Wine Social Returns


Bliss Bar. Photo via Facebook.


The fabulous Toph with his bike and his team wino pride. Photo from Facebook.

One of the few watering holes in Noe Valley, ~BLISS BAR~ suffered a fire yesterday. Fortunately no one was hurt but it looks like it was quite a scorcher—it actually flared up for a second time in the evening, and the fire department had to return to put it out again. 4026 24th St. at Castro.

Good news for ~NOPALITO~ in the Inner Sunset: its liquor license went through. Release the mezcal! The pouring of adult beverages begins Monday.

Curious about the upcoming fate of beloved ~TOSCA CAFE~? Here’s an interview on Food Republic with the new partner, Ken Friedman, who is taking over with chef-partner April Bloomfield. A few items: the menu will be Italian (he mentions “hearty, simple small plates”) with a late-night menu. The cocktail component sounds like it’s still being worked out. 242 Columbus Ave. at Broadway.

Great news, winos: after suffering a horrific bike incident, Toph of Red Wine Social is not only back on his bike, but he’s back throwing his party (that thing has a 13-year track record!). He’ll be at ~MADRONE ART BAR~ on Wednesdays (starting this Wed the 6th!) from 6:30pm-9:30pm, with $5 wine specials, cocktails, and sweet DJ’ed tunes.

He will also be at ~F8~ (the former Icon Ultra Lounge) on Fridays for Vintage, with “tunes and snacky bites, cocktails and drink specials, and indoor bike parking.” Ends up those bites will be coming from neighbor Citizen’s Band! Welcome back, Toph! 1192 Folsom St. at 8th St.