New Panchita’s restaurant set to open on Valencia Street

If you’ve ever had trouble getting pupusas, getting your fix might soon be easier.

Panchita’s will open a third location on 16th and Valencia (530 Valencia St.), right around the corner from its location on 16th Street. That’s all in addition to a food truck in Mission Bay.

Panchita’s owner, Doris Campos, said she plans to open the Valencia Street location in August, pending approval from the Health Department. The new location will offer the same menu at the same prices. “We sell a lot of pupusas, so we feel we’re not suffocating with rent,” she said.

Campos said the new location on Valencia might not be the only one. She’s hoping to build a new seven-unit apartment building at 3318 17th Street with a restaurant in the ground floor. The building will be five stories tall with a penthouse unit and a large deck at the top floor, she said.

Campos has owned Panchita’s since 1989. It has since grown into something of a Pupusa empire. –-AR

Congrats, Loco Bloco!

Loco Bloco, a Mission-based young drumming and dancing group, took home the Carnaval Parade’s a first-place overall prize out of nearly 100 contingents at the event’s Grand Parade. It has been participating in the event for 24 years, and this year’s 275 person contingent of stilt walkers, percussionists, dancers and parents finally took home the gold. –JM

Tony Matelli’s “I hope all is well … ” at David Ireland House

Ten dark and surreal works by artist Tony Matelli – including the floating body of a lifeless man and a water bottle on a cardboard box – will be featured at the David Ireland House (500 Capp St.) until Oct. 13. “Matelli does not so much respond to the Ireland House experience as reinterpret it as something close to magic,” the San Francisco Chronicle writes. Read the full review here.  –JM