Last week we mentioned that there were rumors that Los Angeles-based chain LEMONADE was in talks to move into some of the former La Boulange locations vacated by Starbucks earlier this year. Well, now it’s official: Lemonade has indeed secured three former La Boulange locations and will be opening their seasonal fast-casual concept in The Metreon, on University Ave. in Palo Alto, and in Walnut Creek. The plan is to open in spring 2016, serving fresh, seasonal fare in a relaxed, quick-service environment. While each location offers a slightly different look and menu, you can get a sense of the food from this menu, from their Pasadena location.
Maurizio Bruschi and Giuseppe Terminiello of Ideale in North Beach are teaming up for a new project, according to Hoodline. It’s called PICCOLO FORNO, or “small oven” in Italian, and will fill a neighborhood niche for quality food that is still affordable. It’s in the same vein as an Italian rosticceria and will offer items all day long, including espresso, pastries, light lunch items, and plates of pasta in the evening. They are also planning to apply for a liquor license. Opening is currently slated for later this fall. 725 Columbus Ave. at Filbert.
On Wednesday October 7th, PROPER FOOD is opening a third location in the Financial District. The latest location will offer plenty of grab-and-go options for breakfast and lunch, including egg and sausage sandwiches in the morning, salads and sandwiches at lunch, and fresh juices. Here’s the menu. Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-5pm. 350 California St. at Sansome, 415-481-3217.
Bwok bwooook! If you’re a fan of chicken wings, you’ll want to hit up the WING WINGS FOURTH ANNUAL CHICKEN WING EATING CONTEST on Saturday October 10th at the SoMa StrEat Food Park. The party goes from 12pm-4pm, and there are two contests: a timed event and a “hella hella hot” event (and we mean hella). They’re still seeking contestants and donations for the raffle; more information is available on the event’s Facebook page.
If you just want to attend the event, you can! There will be plenty of wings and drinks available, plus raffle tickets and fun activities for kids and adults. The event is raising funds for The Precita Eyes Muralists. 428 11th St. at Harrison, 415-834-5001.
Colorful trays from Lemonade. Photo courtesy of Lemonade.