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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Saison's Owners Are Too Damn Busy, the Yelp Case Is Too Damn Sketchy

Posted By on Thu, Mar 31, 2011 at 6:33 PM

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Today in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco restaurant scene.

Grub Street has a word with Saison's Josh Skenes re: what's up with Decantr, which was a wine bar with small plates (SFoodie just loved the chicken liver mousseline) but then became, well ― nothing. The place closed in late February, as Skenes and partner Mark Bright vowed to reconcept. The reconcept (a raw bar) was scheduled to fly in March, but there isn't much time left in March, now is there? Skenes tells Grub they've been too busy to get to it. Still: Will the mousseline ever return?

And San Francisco Business Times reports on Yelp's dodging of the bullet, as federal judge Marilyn Hall Patel throws out the "implied extortion" case against the user review site, citing, in part, lack of evidence of said extortion threats. It's all that fault of that darned algorithim. Seriously, your honor.

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