Starbucks Eyes Pier One, Stealing Belly Burgers' Grease, and More

The past 24 hours in gossip, innuendo, and cold hard facts about the San Francisco food scene.

We're not fond of Starbucks' tire fires and cat pee blonde roast, and now Inside Scoop shares that the vacant Pier One space may become the latest location of the mega-coffee chain. If you'll remember, the deal fell through for a location of La Boulange, and it's now been almost a year since Tulio's closed. Maybe the tourists who trickle down from Pier 39 will like it?

In what may be the oddest restaurant theft of the week month, the Richmond Blog SF discovers that Belly Burgers' used-cooking oil was stolen before being picked up for its transformation into biodiesel. The post notes there is indeed a “black market” for grease.

Changes in the kitchen: Inside Scoop rolls out the latest sushi-related news. After a six year absence, Sachio Kojima (formerly of Kabuto A&S) is back to making sushi in S.F., this time at Hecho.

Also seeing a new face in the kitchen is Ristobar. Inside Scoop reports that the Marina restaurant has brought chef Michele Belotti from Italy to the two-year-old restaurant. His new menu is already in place.

And Tablehhopper shares an update on the delayed Hayes Valley Bakeworks. While they were originally slated to open late last year, there were some permit delays. Now things are rolling and the ovens should be churning out bake goods by May.

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