Kitchen Takeovers and Pop-Ups


The Chili-Cheese Burg with pickled jalapeños at OverKill Grill (inside Bender’s). Instagram photo via @overkillgrill.

Some good news from the former CatHead’s BBQ team, husband and wife Richard Park and Pam Schafer, who sadly had to close their restaurant last August: they have taken over the kitchen space at Bender’s Bar in the Mission and opened as OverKill Grill. They refreshed and sharpened the space, and Richard tells me they’re offering bar-friendly dishes, like their Chixx Schnitzz (a chicken schnitzel sandwich), Pizza Rollzz, spicy peanut noodles, and Burgs. They’re open Wed-Sun 2pm-10pm. Bender’s has two outdoor Shared Spaces, and there’s room for up to 50 inside. 806 S. Van Ness Ave. at 19th St.

I noticed there’s a brand-new breakfast pop-up at Fig & Thistle wine bar in Hayes Valley called ~POPPY~, serving California breakfast items, from waffles to tater towers to egg sandos, with local and seasonal produce. It all looks lovely. Open Sat-Sun 10am-2pm. 429 Gough St. at Ivy.