Over in the Marina, we noticed last month some ABC activity for the closed THE REPUBLIC sports bar space, which listed former Fog City chef Erik Lowe and pastry chef Aaron Toensing (who are also both Bix veterans). We reached out for more details, but they spoke with the Scoop instead, who confirmed the duo plans to open an American restaurant in the 4,000-square-foot space with a full bar; details and a name are forthcoming. Meanwhile, Javier Montano (Grand Café, Limón) has taken over for Lowe at Fog City, with Alex Garay on desserts (via Eater). 3213 Scott St. at Lombard.
Just down the street, more ABC license activity shows that wine bar BIN 38 has been sold to Brian Cassanego (Noir Lounge in Hayes Valley), with a working title of Scotland Yard. Eater says to look for a closure in April, and Cassanego will be opening something similar in its place a few weeks later (the trinity of wine, craft beer, and food will remain). 3232 Scott St. at Chestnut, 415-567-3838.
The former home of The Republic on Scott Street. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.