There is a new location of LE MARAIS BAKERY in Ghirardelli Square. The small, 500-square-foot location is technically a pop-up in the former Kara’s Cupcakes space while Patrick and Joanna Ascaso work on opening their newest location. Its time in this space is more or less indefinite, and there is a possibility that they’ll stay on after completion of the new bistro in late spring. It’s smaller than their Marina location and will focus on pastries, including their excellent viennoiserie, as will as tarts, quiche, cookies, and some salads and sandwiches. There is also Stumptown coffee and espresso, indoor seating at bistro tables and black Thonet chairs, and outdoor seating in the square when the weather improves. Hours are Mon-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri-Sun 8am-10pm. 900 North Point St. at Polk, no phone yet.
MARLA BAKERY has a brand-new location in the Ferry Building’s new arcade, and it is opening today. They are offering their popular pastries, including kouign amann, bagels, English muffins, and other pastries. There is also a daily lunch box special, with a sandwich, two sides, and a cookie. During the holidays, their famed panettone and stollen are also available. Wrecking Ball coffee will also be served. Hours are Mon-Sat 7am-5pm, Sun 9am-5pm. Ferry Building Plaza at Embarcadero, no phone.
We have been tracking the opening of a project called SLURP RAMEN for a couple of years, and it’s finally in its soft opening mode. You can come by this Chinatown ramen shop for lunch (for now, hours are Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm—closed on Christmas, FYI), and they’re serving a variety of tonkotsu and shoyu broth variations, plus some lunch combos with gyoza, chicken karaage, and more. 710 Commercial St. at Kearny, 415-399-1042.
Chowhounds sniffed out the news that the former Roadside Barbecue on Geary in the Inner Richmond is now GOURMET NOODLE HOUSE. According to Yelpers, the food is Shanghainese, with dishes that include Shanghai-style wontons and xiao long bao. 3751 Geary St. at 2nd Ave., 415-688-1582.
There is a new coffee shop in Mission Terrace serving Guatemalan and American food, according to Yelpers. It’s called YO SOY CAFÉ GUATELMALTECO and serves coffee and bagels, as well as Guatemalan dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You’ll find caldo de res, Guatemalan tamales (wrapped in a banana leaf), and other snacks, as well as breakfast platters. 4794 Mission St. at Onondaga, no phone.
The pastry case at Le Marais bakery in Ghirardelli Square. Yelp photo by Michelle S.