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Welcome to Eater Tastings, where Eater SF guest editor Jay Barmann shares the best restaurant and bar news of the week.
The "local heroes" wall at Virgil's Sea Room. [Photo: Jay Barmann]
THE MISSION—Openings have definitely picked up, and this week marked the debut of a cool, laid-back new bar called Virgil's Sea Room, with roots in the party Hard French. We've got some photos and a cocktail menu for you.
OUTER RICHMOND—Opening tomorrow is Heartbaker, a new pastry shop and restaurant from former Aqua and Kokkari pastry chef Sybil Johnson. See some more details here.
TENDERLOIN—Big, the tiny and well loved cocktail bar that opened last year on Post Street, is closing as of tonight, but hopefully the crew will create something equally cool elsewhere.
THE MISSION—Street food icon The Tamale Lady got the shocking news this week that Zeitgeist, one of her longtime favorite haunts, isn't going to allow her in to sell her tamales anymore. But Supervisor David Campos is hoping to fix this.
CASTRO—After over a year of rumblings over formula retail and competition with nearby taquerias, Chipotle finally has its day before the Planning Commission on June 20, and things could get a little heated.
FILLMORE—The majorly popular, James Beard Award-winning State Bird Provisions is going to get a little bigger later this summer as they expand into the space next door, which was supposed to become Hapa Ramen. Hapa Ramen, meanwhile, is headed for the Mission.
THE MISSION—Things are changing over at four-month-old Hi Lo BBQ, with a new chef and a new menu on the way, and full service (meaning no more counter service) dining.