Seems the former chef of Ubuntu, Aaron London, will not be opening his upcoming restaurant project in Hayes Valley after all. SF Mag’s Carolyn Alburger announces it will be in the Mission instead and that he hopes to open by the summer. Some details: the dining room will seat 30 (including a chef counter with room for 8), and guests will be able to view the kitchen through a wall of glass (similar to Saratoga’s Plumed Horse, I imagine). The location is under wraps for now; stand by for more (the plot thickens—so do sauces).
The Richmond blog mentioned a new project opening in the original Chapeau! space on Clement: HEARTBAKER. Pastry chef Sybil Johnson (Aqua, Kokkari) will be offering a range of breakfast items (scones, muffins), cookies and cupcakes, bomboloni, and a commenter mentions beer and wine and small plates. Some may recognize her from previous Underground Market events. Look for a March opening. 1408 Clement St. at 15th Ave.
Related: the Richmond blog also mentions CHAPEAU! restaurant at 126 Clement is going to expanding into the space next door; the target is October.
Aaron London in the garden at Ubuntu. Photo from Ubuntu’s restaurant blog.