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  1. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
    Big Gay Ice Cream Revamps Menu, Intros Homemade ToppingsGet ready for some whiskey walnuts.
  2. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Pisto’s Tacos Closes; Pisto’s, Something More Upscale, May OpenThat was fast.
  3. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Minnesota Couple Takes Over Farm:TableThey’re taking over what’s become a beloved neighborhood hub.
  4. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Bauer Speaks, Owners Listen: Hutong to Morph Back Into Betelnut By Week’sBauer spoke, and the owners have decided to cut the Hutong “experiment” short.
  5. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
    Tosca Renovations, and Thus the Reopening, DelayedWe’re probably looking at a fall opening now.
  6. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Southside Spirit House Headed to SoMa, in Former Eve LoungeThe ultra-lounge will become a more casual happy hour spot.
  7. Openings
    Mama Ji’s Goes Perm In the Castro With a Former Koi Palace CookThe dim sum pop-up has fully taken over Queen Malika at 18th and Eureka.
  8. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Outerlands Begins Taking ReservationsThey took Bauer’s criticism to heart.
  9. Menus
    What to Eat at Hutong (a.k.a. the New Betelnut), Opening TonightIt doesn’t look a lot like the Betelnut menu, but there are a few things in common.
  10. Bars
    Mission Hill Saloon ‘Reverse Gentrifies,’ Regulars ReturnSome old bartenders and former regulars got together and bought the bar back.
  11. Closings
    Betelnut Closing Next Week; Will Shed Its Nineties Skin and Reopen Quickly asThe plan is only to go dark for a one-week remodel.
  12. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
    Rose Avenue Making Space For New Restaurant; Wabi-Sabi RenovatingThe old Ace Trophy Company is being split up to accommodate a new “farm-to-table” concept.
  13. Empire Building
    Green Chile Kitchen-ette Opening Inside Chile Pies on ChurchIt’s going to serve a truncated menu of Green Chile Kitchen favorites.
  14. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
    Little Saigon’s Turtle Tower Relocating Down the StreetLittle Saigon’s Turtle Tower is moving, but still staying in the hood.
  15. Menus
    Saison Launches Bar Tasting Menu, With CanapésIt’s $48 for eight to ten small courses.
  16. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Fog City Diner to Shed Its 80s Diner Schtick, Become Fog CityIt’s been a long time coming.
  17. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Expanded Alembic Due By Late Summer, HopefullyThe expansion will include about 38 new seats for the restaurant.
  18. Previews
    Petar’s in Lafayette to Become The CooperageIt’s going to be a “roadhouse-style” American restaurant from the former owner of City Tavern.
  19. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
    B1 Breadshop Hands Reigns Over to PichetThe pop-up is converting into a wine bar with a bakery and bistro appetizers.
  20. Empire Building
    Tosca Taken Over By New York Chef April Bloomfield and Spotted Pig/Breslin GroupThe 92-year-old bar will get a facelift, and a new menu, from the acclaimed gastrpub team.
  21. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Naked Lunch Pub & Grill Replaces TxokoThe boys are moving Naked Lunch into the larger, next-door space and operating it as an all-day pub.
  22. Bars
    Help the Benders Team Rename Deco Lounge, Win a Free Drink Every Day for LifeThey’ve already shot down Benderloin.
  23. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Exclusive: Roosevelt Tamale Parlor on 24th Street Getting Upscale Spin From NewThe new owners, including a longtime Emmy’s Spaghetti Shack chef, are making some changes but trying to keep the spirit of the place alive.
  24. Temporary Closings
    Momi Toby’s In Hayes Valley Closing for RemodelThey’ll reopen in mid-December.
  25. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
    Papilles-Like Prix-Fix Coming to MignonThe bistronomics options are spreading to Santos Uy’s Downtown wine bar.
  26. Closings
    Fat Spoon Closing in Downtown; Lazy Ox Taps Octavio BecerraChange is a constant in Michael Cardenas’ Downtown empire these days.
  27. Reopenings
    Cocotte, the New French Rotisserie in Russian Hill, Hosts Grand OpeningThey’ve been open over a month, in the former Hyde Street Bistro, but now they’re ready for their close-up.
  28. Closings
    Sea Salt in Berkeley to Become Eat + LoungeAlso, T-Rex, which also got sold, will remain as-is, but less BBQ-focused.
  29. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Guy Gabriele Plans To Hand Cafe Pierre to ‘The Next Generation’After 35 years, changes may be afoot at the Manhattan Beach Frenchie.
  30. Reopenings
    Mau Reopens as Mau Viet KitchenThe menu’s suspiciously similar to sister restaurant Tin Vietnamese Cuisine.
  31. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Honor Bar in Emeryville Becomes Honor Kitchen & CocktailsThis had something to do with another Honor Bar in SoCal.
  32. Menu Changes
    Changes Afoot at Gitane, As Well as New Co-Chef Patrick KellyBatson’s husband, Kelly, will help usher in a new Andalusian theme to the menu.
  33. Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes
    Hyde Street Bistro Becomes Cocotte, Under Same OwnersIt’s still a bistro, but with rotisserie chicken and a more casual thing going on.
  34. Price Check
    Sons & Daughters Ups the Ante, Lowers Seat Count, à la SaisonAlso, they’ll be adding to the number of courses and generally slowing things down.
  35. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Hayes Valley Café Confusingly Named Tartine (Unrelated) Renames ItselfIt’s now called Talbot Cafe.
  36. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    The Upper Haight’s Martin Macks Becomes Joplin’sIt’s for Janis Joplin, of course.
  37. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    What to Eat at Cindy Pawlcyn’s Grill, Now Open in St. HelenaIt’s the new incarnation of Brassica on Main Street in downtown St. Helena.
  38. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Brassica Closing in St. Helena, Becoming More American; Chef Shuffle at MustardsThe chef of three years at Mustards is leaving, and being replaced by Michael Foster.
  39. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Newest Bar From Bullitt/Tonic Guys Gets a Name: Soda PopinskiDuncan Ley and Ben Bleiman now are partners in six different bars around town.
  40. Bars
    Dogpatch Saloon to Become a New Bar From 83 Proof Guys
  41. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Plenty Undergoes Big Changes; Begins Breakfast ServiceThe deli and prepared foods shop recently underwent changes, and more are in the works.
  42. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Sushi Groove South to Become Izakaya House [Update]The whole Sushi Groove enterprise appears to be changing hands.
  43. Nostalgia
    Bowery’s Restaurant Supply Stores Make Way for RestaurantsA peculiar twist of New York irony.
  44. The Great Outdoors
    Nectar Opens Pretty Back Patio Next WeekThe patio has been taunting patrons at the Lower Haight Katz Bagels for years.
  45. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    The Vin Club Becoming Antologia in North Beach [Updated]It’s unclear if it will be closing at all.
  46. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    The Mortimer to Replace Bar Adagio at the Hotel AdagioThe space that once housed Cortez will be split into a bar and a new, hotel-serving restaurant called The Green Room.
  47. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Nectar Comes to the Lower Haight Next WeekIt’ll have a full food menu of rustic, organic fare, and a patio.
  48. Ch-ch-ch-changes
    Regarding Hibiscus, Their New Chef, and Their ‘Rocky Restart’27-year-old Devin Gonzalez has taken the helm, and they’re now doing Sunday brunch.
  49. Temporary Closings
    Eddie Rickenbacker’s Closes Temporarily, Changes HandsThis is happening about a year after longtime owner Henry Africa passed away.
  50. Real Estate
    Castro Bits: Wasabi Bistro Coming; Flyers Joke About the PatioAlso, there’s some activity at the Soup Freaks space.
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