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Cajun in SF’s Mission and a Job?

Painters worked on Friday sprucing up the new front of what will be Alba Ray’s, a new Cajun restaurant, that is set to open sometime this month at 2293 Mission St, the space briefly occupied by Hapa Ramen. It appears from the posting in the window that there are also plenty of jobs for “bussers, servers, bartenders and hosts.” “Our...
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Roosevelt Tamale Parlor Reopens with New Name and Menu

Once closed after nearly a century on 24th Street, Roosevelt Tamale Parlor has been revived. The owners of the old-school Mexican joint reopened quietly late this year after an almost year-long hiatus, and hope that more restricted hours and a changed menu will help the parlor survive. “We are really happy to be back in the neighborhood,” said Aaron Presbrey,...
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Futures Uncertain for Range and Pauline’s Pizza on Valencia

Range restaurant is slated to close and Pauline’s Pizzeria is up for sale, according to local news. The San Francisco Chronicle reported today that Range, adjacent to Mission Playground, is set to close after 12 years. The restaurant’s owners told the paper that they are thinking of coming up with a new concept to better fit the street’s rapidly changing scene....
Panaderia Universal at 30th and Mission streets.

Owner of San Francisco’s First Guatemalan Bakery Dies

Traduccion en español aquí. Manuel Barrientos, the proprietor of San Francisco’s first Guatemalan bakery, was 79 when he died on November 25, but for many, his vigor and dedication to his craft made his age difficult to gauge. When Barrientos was diagnosed with a brain tumor and given just three months to live, it was not his own death that...
Amanda Ngo, owner of Duc Loi supermarket.

VIDEO: SF Mission District’s Duc Loi Invites 1,000 to Lunch

Duc Loi’s Thanksgiving Day lunch will start at noon on Thursday. Amanda Ngo is still looking for volunteers – community members who are interested in helping out are asked to come by the market, located at 2200 Mission st., today.  

Indian Cuisine Opens Today In Former Nostra Space

Modern versions of classic Indian dishes will soon be served in the former Nostra Spaghetteria space on Valencia Street near 14th Street, when Babu Ji opens there. Chef Jessi Singh and his wife Jennifer already have one Babu Ji location open in New York City, their third after opening and selling two restaurants in Australia. Now, they are adding another...
The exterior of Montella Pizzeria is as warm as the service inside.

How Do You Achieve Montella’s Pizza? Study, Practice, Study

Luigi “Gigi” Montella’s culinary direction was crystal clear. There is one way to make Neapolitan cuisine – “Gigi’s way.” Montella left nothing to speculation. Variation in production, ingredient quality, or presentation was simply not permitted. Now, one of his disciples has opened a pizzeria bearing Montella’s name on 24th Street. 20 years ago, pizzeria called Toto’s completely under Gigi’s control was graced...
Picadillo Empanadas, via

Cuban Sandwiches Headed for Former Radish Space

Eater reports that the recently shuttered Radish on 19th and Lexington is slated to become Media Noche, a fast-casual dining spot offering Cuban flavors via Miami – that includes sandwiches, meat and rice bowls, empanadas, sangrias, and ice cream popsicles. The concept draws talent from several local eateries like Tacolicious, Delfina, Beretta, and Barzotto. Dishes fall mostly into the $12-$16 range, and the...
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Bar Tartine Owners’ Experimental New Restaurant Opens Today

Family style, Japanese-inspired meals will be served at the former Herbivore on Valencia near 21st street starting today – and the restaurant will also have chefs serve guests directly, eliminate tipping, and aim to drive its food waste down to zero.   Two “guides” will monitor the restaurant, but cooks will do most of the serving, “bridging the divide between dining room and...

Bissap Baobab is Back with “Sundays at the Village”

On a rainy Sunday, the windows at Little Baobab fogged up with aromatic steam from rice, fish, and bean cake. Latin beats floated through the walls. Jewelry and colorful printed fabrics were stacked high. Feet tapped on the floor and two friends danced in the front of the band. It was a Sunday at the Village – a new weekly event at...

Where to Watch the Last Presidential Debate

Election day is around the corner (seriously, November 8 is not that far away, have you registered yet? It’s super quick, do it here right now, and do it before October 24) and the candidates are gearing up for their third and final exercise in absurdity  debate tomorrow. Here’s where to go see it: Bar San Pancho, 16th and Guerrero: Debate...

Litquake to Shake Up the Mission’s Taste Buds Sunday

The small literary festival with its roots in the Mission stretching back 17 years will blossom into a cornucopia of food for thought this Sunday, October 9, when Litquake’s Eat, Drink and Be Literary comes to the Chapel. Every kind of food media character imaginable will be represented, from “gluten-free experts” to “sea foragers” and even a seven-time champion of the Grilled Cheese...
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Eat, Drink, and Shop for Mission Bernal Fire Relief

Four months after the fire that wiped out several businesses along the Mission Street corridor near 29th Street, the businesses are still trying to get back on their feet – and invite neighbors to come indulge to support them. Secession Art & Design, Coronitas Bar and Grill, and Old Devil Moon are each hosting fundraisers for the Mission Bernal Merchant Fire...
The shutter La Torta Sabrosa at 2859 Mission St., the site of the new Tahini restaurant.

Tech Worker, Tired of Screens, Opening Mission Restaurant

A new Middle Eastern restaurant is opening on Mission Street in the next nine months, and its owner is a former software developer who is done with the tech world. “You work behind a screen for 10–15 years, you lose your mind,” said Monti Majthoub, a software engineer turned first-time restaurant owner who plans to open up a Middle Eastern...