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If you like pretentious restaurants and bars, chances are you won’t like The Sycamore, soon to open at Mission and Sycamore Streets.

“We won’t yell at you if you ask about a beer you don’t know,” co-owner Liz Ryan said, stopping short of mentioning places where they do (Zeitgeist?).

The restaurant-bar, conceived by siblings Liz and Tim Ryan, will offer mix-and-match sliders and a popular sandwich from a region north of Boston called the North Shore. They’ll also offer craft beers.

North Shore’s roast beef sandwiches are very popular in Ryans’ native Boston, but have not yet made their way to San Francisco.

The Ryans hope to open their shop this weekend but are still working on the details. On Tuesday afternoon, Liz was stitching pillows for the restaurant.

“We want to make this a place where people want to hang out,” she said.

To accomplish this, and to avoid the fate of the previous establishment, Café Prague, the Ryans are planning to spend a lot of time at the restaurant.

When they went to check out the space last month, the Cafe Prague employees they spoke with didn’t even know it was closing.

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Rigoberto Hernandez

Rigoberto Hernandez is a journalism student at San Francisco State University. He has interned at The Oregonian and The Orange County Register, but prefers to report on the Mission District. In his spare time he can be found riding his bike around the city, going to Giants games and admiring the Stable building.

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  1. i like their attitude. that’s a tough block to make this work on as cafe prague showed. i’ll definitely go check them out.