Plus we might get a Trader Joe's (surprise) downtown, even though the Polk Street Whole Foods is looking a little less likely.
[jump] 18-Seat Mosu Opens Next Tuesday in the Fillmore
Wise Sons isn't the only thing coming to the 1500 block of Fillmore. Via Tablehopper, next Tuesday, Feb. 16, expect the grand opening of Mosu, an 18-seat mostly Asian restaurant whose tasting menu includes quail with sansho pepper, a shrimp chiffon cake, and a dish of truffle, sea urchin, sake lee, rice, and fish head extract. It's a project from Sung Anh, a South Korean native who was Aziza's chef de cuisine.
A Trader Joe's in SoMa, No Whole Foods on Polk?
According to Hoodline, Trader Joe's appears to be eyeing a 21,000-square-foot space on Fourth Street just off of Market near Old Navy and the Hotel Zelos. Meanwhile, a slightly smaller (19,000 square feet) Whole Foods — technically a 365, one of the company's cheaper stores aimed at younger consumers — might have hit a snafu. Neighborhood opposition is coalescing and Sup. Aaron Peskin might push through a ban on chain retail on Polk between Filbert and California. However, the Business Times claims, a Whole Foods might be a net gain for the neighborhood's existing commercial tenants.
Do You Like Your Chefs Underage?
Flynn McGarry, the 17-year-old chef, will cook two 10-course meals per night over four nights, for 12 people each, as a Feastly pop-up near Union Square from March 1-4. It's $160 with optional, five-pour wine pairing.
Cuchine is Like a CSA for Chef-Made Meals
If you live in Cole Valley or the Inner Sunset, there is a new service called Cuchine that lets you pick up professionally cooked meals directly from the chef or else have them delivered. According to Hoodline's Walter Thompson, meals range from $9.99-$12.99 and there are 10 chefs so far.
Changes to Two Bars in the Haight
According to Hoodline, Martin Macks at 1568 Haight will henceforth be known as the non-Irish-carbomb-sounding HQ, and Magnolia is getting wifi antennas to improve cell and wireless service.
Enterprising Girl Scout Sells Cookies to Cannabis Users
Like parking your spacecraft at a black hole's event horizon to watch all the photons pass by, one shrewd Girl Scout set up shop selling Trefoils and Samoas outside an L.A. pot dispensary and basically sold one box per minute until they were gone. According to the L.A. Times, the Girl Scouts' national organization does not approve (and also frowns at selling cookies in front of bars). Didn't this trend start in S.F.?
Bison: It's What's For Dinner
Blame Ted Turner and Patagonia if this horrifies you, but the population of the once-endangered bison is rebounding, and taking Americans' appetite for buffalo meat right along with it. The outdoorsy company can't seem to produce enough bison jerky, while the cable mogul's restaurant chain is once again expanding. According to the New York Times, the real tension isn't between conservation and consumption, but over how to keep buffalo artisanal — which is to say, at home on the range and not in the industrial food system like any other commodity.
Beyoncé Causes Spike in Red Lobster Sales
I can't wag my finger, cause I shared Red Lobster's tweet yesterday, but Beyoncé has scored a marketing coup for Red Lobster, as the lyrics to “Formation” reference a post-coital meal there. Sales were up 30 percent this weekend, according to Quartz.
More Flint Fallout
If you thought that General Motors had pulled out of Flint long ago, it turns out they still had a presence — until the water catastrophe ravaged their factory's pipes, anyway. At this point, the scandal has gotten so big that heads will roll and according to Salon, “the biggest case in the history of Michigan” will involve involuntary manslaughter charges.
Neil Young Goes On Tour to Protest Big Ag
Neil Young's newest album is The Monsanto Years, and according to Salon, the 70-year-old Canadian rocker is touring to promote his vision of a world without glyphosphate. Predictably, Monsanto is not happy.