Neighborhood Watch

Houston’s Becomes Hillstone, An Early Peek at Comstock Saloon, and More

Emperor Norton I, celebrated drunken loon.
Emperor Norton I, celebrated drunken loon. Photo: via SF Weekly

Embarcadero: In an effort to be more locavore-sounding, the ever-popular Houston’s is rebranding itself as Hillstone, and the signage has already come down. The chain’s owner, George Biel, has renamed the place after his vineyard, and the name change follows on similar changes to Houston’s locations in NY and Boston. [Eater]
North Beach: SF Weekly offers up a few more preview pictures of the much anticipated (by boozehounds anyway) Comstock Saloon in the former SF Brewing Company space. Also, they bring word that above the bar, co-proprietor Jonny Raglin is installing a custom-cast, four-foot bronze statue of Emperor Norton I, the famed local lunatic who declared himself Emperor of the United States. [SF Weekly]

Fillmore: Wine bar Fat Angel is up and running at 1740 O’Farrell, serving 38 affordable wines by the glass and small plates like duck salumi and a Gorgonzola pizza with grapes and prosciutto. [Thrillist]
Mission: Anthony’s Cookies has reopened. [SFoodie]
Also in the Mission: Heart wine bar is holding a Valentine’s Day singles’ mixer called, um, Throb. [Eater]
Hayes Valley: A confusing switheroo happened where Hayes & Kebab lost their lease and the place became Kebabs of Hayes Valley or something, and now Hayes & Kebab has moved down the street to a former market at 580 Hayes. [Tablehopper]
SOMA: Heaven’s Dog is cutting their lunch service, which sort of makes sense given the location — the government crowd at the Federal building must not care for pricey Chinese food. [Eater]

Houston’s Becomes Hillstone, An Early Peek at Comstock Saloon, and More