Some readers have been asking about news on the MANOR COFFEE SHOP, which we warned was closing. It has now closed and was taken over by new owners, who aren’t quite ready to share lots of details but would tell us that they hope to open in mid-February, and they are planning to “keep the diner vibe going.” The menu will change, though they wouldn’t say quite how, only (and emphatically) that is would be “better.” 321-A West Portal Ave. at 14th Ave., 415-661-2468.
The recently opened LITTLE GEM in Hayes Valley is now serving breakfast and lunch. (To recap, this is the upscale fast-casual place that is wheat-, dairy-, and refined sugar-free, highlighting quality and local ingredients.) Breakfast includes a variety of grains and egg dishes, from their housemade granola to almond and quinoa flour pancakes to the Hayes braise (Swiss chard, black garlic, poached egg, almond-bacon crumble), while lunch offers a chance to check out their wrap sandwiches. Oh, and save room for their lemon custard. Hours are Tue-Fri breakfast 8am-10:30am, lunch 11am-4pm, dinner 5pm-9pm; Sat-Sun breakfast 9am-11am, lunch 11:30am-4pm, dinner 5pm-9pm. 400 Grove St. at Gough, 415-914-0502.
It sounds like ORIGAMI MARKET, the fast-casual spot in SoMa that we mentioned in August, is closing and morphing into OKANE. Kash Feng, who owned Origami Market and also owns Omakase, is still at the helm and plans to open Okane in mid-January. The new project is inspired by the izakayas of Japan and will focus on traditional dishes as well as sake and beer, plus a small wine list. In addition to the dining room seating, there are also plans for a sushi counter that seats four. Hours will be daily for lunch from 11am-3pm and dinner 5pm-12am. 669 Townsend St. at 8th St.
The old-school exterior of Manor Coffee Shop. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.