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Wednesday, Apr 7 1999
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Soooo Loong
I'm sure you've already heard about the closing of Mark Miller's Loongbar at Ghirardelli Square. You probably don't care because you, like most other city dwellers, never went there and didn't have any plans to visit in the future. Harry found out the luxurious Cal-Asian restaurant was shuttering when he received a cancellation call on his early April reservation. That was Friday. The place closed on Saturday. Guess I'll have to take my party elsewhere, or just wait for Don Johnson to move into the space with his new -- Cal-Asian -- restaurant. And, in case you wondered, Loongbar's departing chef, John Beardsley, is joining up with Kimpton for a new -- Cal-Asian -- restaurant at the Serrano Hotel.

With all of these cherry chopstick houses popping up, it's no wonder someone's spreading rumors about the most successful high-ender thus far. Le Colonial has answered calls from customers and food writers concerned that it was closing shop. Now, I love good gossip, but this is just vicious. The dining room on Cosmo Alley ain't budging, so you all just get in line.

Ready for My Close-Up
David Raymond may seem like a friendly face when you walk into Globe, where he waits tables, but do be careful what you say around him. It may just end up in a movie. Raymond and his wife, Cassandra Robertson, are just back from the Santa Barbara Film Festival, where Sucker Fish -- for which David did the sound while Cassandra was associate producer -- won a Special Jury Mention.

Raymond and Robertson have incorporated under the title of Elephant Trunk Productions -- and they're on the lookout for material. So when at Globe, speak softly and carry a big waiver. And you thought waiters were a lazy bunch. T'ain't necessarily so.

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines
A.G. Ferrari is opening its eighth shop -- the second in San Francisco -- out on Irving Street. Ferrari's prepared meals, fresh noodles, and handpicked food items will fit perfectly into the Inner Irving's hustle and bustle. This new breed of corner store is a trend you should watch: The dusty shoelaces and extensive chip selections of our urban markets are being replaced by the Wine Speculator best-of shelves and the hand-molded cheeses of the Ferraris and Bi Rites.

Celebrity Circle
Quick, before I turn into a bad drag queen version of Liz Smith, I've got to clear my desk of these tasty Hollywood morsels:

Good luck to Christy Turlington and the Up & down Club crew with their new venture on Polk and Broadway, but it's going to take more than a nice set of legs to turn Johnny Love's around. I suggest opening all the windows for a nice long airing out. ... Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston were slurping house-made pasta at Michael Deeb's Venticello on Taylor last week. I bet they have that Lady and the Tramp trick down pat, but what he sees in her? ... Still more Satan sightings oozing under my door: Marilyn Manson brought his dope show to Fuse on Broadway. Maybe Manson was looking for Jeanette Ethridge, surprisingly absent from Tosca's and often found visiting her new friends at Fuse: Christian and Ray.

Scratching Post
Gregg Leadley is the latest talented hand to leave the litter box behind for better catnip. Gregg heads to Gordon's House of Fine Eats after a spell 'neath the neon of Le Chat Noir. Also joining him at Gordon's is Will Simkins, veteran mixologist of the Starlight Room.

By Harry Coverte

Know something Harry doesn't? E-mail Coverte@aol.com and sweep the dirt out from under the rug.

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