There will be a new place to munch downtown, very soon: ALIMENT, from Matt Sullivan (formerly at Blue Plate). They’re not talking details, and seem to want to keep the project in stealth mode for a little while longer. But the paper is off the windows and the space is pretty (complete with upholstered booths and a long marble bar, plus high ceilings, big windows, and industrial-modern shelving for wine behind the bar), so that’s going to be tricky. 786 Bush St. at Mason.
Financial District workers will have a new place to get delicious lunchtime rice balls: ONIGILLY is opening a new location in September. It will be in the Embarcadero Center Four on the street level, serving their delicious onigiri-style dishes in an “express” environment oriented toward takeout. Hours will be Mon-Sat 10am-6pm and Sun 12pm-3pm. Embarcadero Center Four at Sacramento, 415-671-4706.
Downtown Mexican restaurant palace ROSA MEXICANO has a new bottomless morning breakfast buffet (you still have to wear pants—it’s all you can eat). Mon-Fri from 8am-10am, they’ll have a buffet set up with a variety of Mexican breakfast items, including options like jamón con chilaquiles, a corn tamal with bacon, and Mexican-style scrambled eggs. Take a look a sample menu here. And get this: the spread is only $11.99 per person. So get yourself ready to start showing up for work stuffed. 30 Mission St. at Steuart, 415-874-4300.
We have been tracking the opening of IRON & STEAM ESPRESSO BAR for the past month, which is now open on Polk Street. The new caffeination station is located in front of the Hi-Lo Club and serves espresso from Santa Clara-based Chromatic Coffee. Right now, it’s just coffee, but in coming weeks, look for croissants and a rotating pastry of the day. Tue-Fri 8:30am-3:30pm, Sat-Sun 9am-3:30pm, Monday hours coming soon. 1423 Polk St. at Pine.
Eater reports that there’s a new café in the Tenderloin: JOY’S PLACE. The cozy little spot has free Wi-Fi, lots of tables, and seems oriented toward the laptop crowd with a menu of simple snacks like crisp waffles with ice cream, grilled cheese, and a full espresso bar. 611 Post St. at Taylor, 415-817-1391.
The West Portal location of Ryan Scott’s MARKET & RYE closed on July 22nd for renovations and will reopen on Friday July 26th with a new menu and delivery. They’re also getting ready for beer and wine service in October. 68 West Portal Ave. at Vicente, 415-564-5950.
Here’s an older image capture of the Aliment space via Google Maps.