Tyler Florence Is Sued, SOMA Gains a Wine Tavern, Little Joe's Moves Again

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

As American as apple pie, grilled cheese, and the Fourth of July is the freedom to sue. Today, Inside Scoop reports, via Courthouse News, that chef Tyler Florence (of Food Network fame and Mill Valley residence) has been sued by what were to be his Bar Florence restaurant-partners. The plaintiffs, Michael and Hani Musleh, claim that after the lease fell though, he moved 13 blocks away and opened a similar restaurant under a different name. Yes, that'd be the Wayfare Tavern. We wonder if Michael and Hani are twins.

Also from Inside Scoop, Sidebar, a SOMA wine tavern, is set to open tonight (112 Seventh St. at Mission, inside the Good Hotel). Grub Street gives a sneak peek at its menu, which includes pub grub staples such as mac 'n' cheese and burgers.

Grub Street reports Little Joe's is on the move again. The Italian restaurant is picking up and moving for the fifth time. Leaving its Fifth Street location, it's set to reopen at 1106 Market in a few weeks.

And also from Grub Street, via The Feast, Spire is denying it's permanently closed. Management partner Roger Lwin, who also oversees (the officially open) Rendezvous Tapas Lounge, is hoping for to reopen in as soon as a month.

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