There are many cases when two are better than one. You know, like a ménage à trois. Ha-ha, I kid, maybe I’m not, anyway, let’s get back on topic. OKAY. There is going to be a second location of the popular SABABA coming to the Financial District, to 554 Commercial St., just seven minutes away from the original. Lunch service will be coming first, and a seasonal salad will be added. There will also be a larger dining area. Hoodline reports owner Guy Eshel will be able to ramp up more catering and delivery of their fantastic Middle Eastern bowls, hummus plates, and sandwiches in their house-baked pita (the original Kearny Street location is maxed to capacity). Look for a May opening.
Intrepid tipster Jason B. reports there is a second STREET TACO taqueria coming to SoMa at 83 9th St. My inquiries about the opening went unanswered at the original Haight Street location, but I’ll keep you posted as best I can. 83 9th St. at Mission.
You like shiny and sharp things? BERNAL CUTLERY is opening a second location in the Mission, which will be a new sharpening workshop and class space around the corner from their shop on Guerrero. Look for classes from owner Josh Donald on basic Japanese whetstone sharpening (along with free drop-in tutorials), while co-owner Kelly Kozak will be offering workshops for community nutrition educators and knife skills classes for kids and families (“Timmy, don’t point that at mommy!”). April 28th will be a soft opening celebration (at 7pm) with Taka Tozawa and Sea Forager’s Kirk Lombard showing the art of breaking down a fish two ways, along with sidewalk grilling, snacks, and drinks. (Mark you calendar!) Bernal Cutlery Workshop, 3505 17th St. at Guerrero, 415-355-0773.
The LE MARAIS BAKERY team is getting close to opening their second Castro location, and word is out that they’re also going to be opening a new bakery at 1138 Sutter St. in Lower Nob Hill in the former Larkin Street Youth Center. Hoodline mentions the 5,000-square-foot space will also be a production facility, and interestingly, “the youth center’s former offices will be turned into separate tempered rooms for cakes, croissants, and even a small chocolate room.” There will be a 20-seat pastry counter, and even though the offerings will be simplified with brunch, lunch, and pastries, quiches, coffee, and tea, it may scale up in the future. The production component will roll out first in the summer. 1138 Sutter St. at Larkin.
Sababa’s falafel sandwich will be back! Photo: Cameron Neilson.