Monday Six: Tacos Cala Opens Tomorrow, Nomica Takes Over Pesce Space

Plus the Palace of Fine Arts might become a high-end restaurant, Danny Bowien relates his autobiography up to the point when he moved to S.F., and hot dogs are not sandwiches.

[jump] Tacos Cala Opens Tuesday
Gabriela Cámara's Cala, which has been open a couple of months now (and which I incidentally really enjoyed), will debut a weekday-lunch-only taco spot around back tomorrow. Open 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays, Tacos Cala sounds like a simpler affair, but Cámara's Mexico City restaurant Contramar knows how to make lunch upscale. I will update more in the days to come, as this is foodie catnip of the first order.
Tacos Cala, 149 Fell St., 415-660-7701.

Nomica To Replace Pesce
The Castro spot that was Pesce (and Jake's on Market before that, and 2223 before that) is set to be a casual Japanese restaurant called Nomica, according to Hoodline. If Nomica doesn't succeed, I think we can officially call 2223 Market Street a cursed space.

Three Bids for the Palace of Fine Arts
San Francisco's loveliest folly, the 100-year-old Palace of Fine Arts, could become a cultural center, or it could become “a fine-dining restaurant and educational museum,” according to KQED. Whichever bid comes out on top, the winner will get a 55-year lease. 

Danny Bowien Gives Us His Life Story
Vanity Fair published an excerpt of Danny Bowien's The Mission Chinese Food Cookbook, in which he writes about his life in a pretty standard chronological order. Here are some tidbits: Growing up in Oklahoma, he got his first job at age 13 washing dishes in a Vietnamese restaurant, played in a Christian band called the Stellas that landed a “small indie deal,” and after his mother died, his father let him have wild parties (where Bowien would cook for his friends) as long as they all stayed the night.

Hot Dogs Are Not Sandwiches
The venerable National Hot Dog and Sausage Council has decreed that it be so. Its president even compared hot dogs to the Dalai Lama to make the point.

IHOP Sinkhole Engulfs Like a Dozen Cars
Holy Rooty-Tooty Fresh-and-Fruity, an Meridian, Miss. IHOP parking lot just ate a bunch of cars. I love any and all stories involving sinkholes, so I simply had to share (plus the video is only 35 seconds long).

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