Some new projects to add to your radar: first, PESCE is going to be swimming downstream from its Russian Hill location to the former 2223 Market Street/Jake’s on Market location in the Castro. Scoop mentions owners Ruggero Gadaldi and Adriano Paganini hope to reopen it as soon as August; Pesce will stay open until the new location is very close to opening. The menu will stay the same, although the number of seats will be doubling. As for the Polk Street location, stand by for what the duo plans to do in that space. 2227 Polk St. at Vallejo, 415-928-8025.
Kudos to Danny Bowien for winning Rising Star Chef at the James Beard Foundation Awards, and also for opening his next project in SF (thank you). Scoop interviewed him after his JBFA win, and he revealed he’s working with Mission Chinese Food’s SF chef Jesse Koide on a new concept. All we know is that it will be Asian, and the two of them are about to embark on some heavy R&D. Look forward to hearing what they cook up.
Local institution the TADICH GRILL has announced that they are opening a second location, this time in Washington, D.C. (Not like they are expanding too quickly—Tadich was established in 1849, so we’re looking at 164 years later.) The new spot is on Pennsylvania Avenue, between then White House and the Capitol, and is being opened by a partnership between the Buich family that currently owns Tadich, and a restaurant development firm called ICON Inc. Look for an opening in early 2014. The San Francisco location (which is the oldest restaurant in the city) will remain fully owned and operated by the Buich family. 1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Washington, D.C.
Leo Beckerman and Evan Bloom of ~WISE SONS DELI~ are keeping busy with yet another new project: they’re going to be running the operations of the Contemporary Jewish Museum’s café (which is currently closed). Scoop reports the menu will be just like their Mission location, plus there will be a takeout window (which is where you’ll be able to score Beauty’s Bagels as well). Stand by for updates on the summer opening. 736 Mission St. at Yerba Buena Lane.
A friend let me know there is currently a Kickstarter to open a café called CAFE ST. JORGE in the former Nervous Dog Coffee spot in Bernal. Owner Andrea de Francisco is of Portuguese heritage, and plans to serve Stumptown coffee along with a menu of Portuguese-inspired dishes. 3438 Mission St. at Kingston.
Pesce exterior. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.