Was happy to return home to the news that the EAGLE TAVERN will end up with gay owners after all! What a turnaround of events, seriously. The new owners are Mike Leon and Alex Montiel; you can read more on Grub Street here and here. This SFBG piece by Marke Bieschke shares they are hoping to reopen by Halloween.
Back in July, I mentioned the Tonic/Bullitt/Mayhem/Rebel crew was taking over GOLD STAR BAR, and Eater now reveals the new name is SODA POPINSKI. Get ready for the décor theme: “Soviet propaganda meets Wild Wild West.” There will be hot dogs and chili on the menu during football season as well. 1548 California St. at Polk.
Over in North Beach, SFoodie reports Justin Deering, previously chef de cuisine at Café des Amis, is now in the kitchen at 15 ROMOLO. 15 Romolo Pl. at Broadway, 415-398-1359.