Here's the latest on San Francisco's restaurant scene. In this edition, a new poke spot launches in the Marina, a Japanese cafe plots its opening in China Basin, a brand-new Greek street food chain is heading to Fisherman's Wharf, and a SoMa cafe's second location expands its hours and menu.
Poke on Pierce (3251 Pierce St.)
Poke on Pierce is now officially open in the Marina.
The eatery, which has been in the works since earlier this summer, comes from Dana Sugarman, who has worked in the restaurant business on-and-off since she was 15.
The menu is similar to other poke outposts, with customizable bowls and burrito wraps and and a selection of signature house-made variations.
Sugarman said she chose the Marina/Cow Hollow corridor to open up her shop because she saw a "need for a quick-serve, healthy dining option" in the area. So far, "we are encouraged by the warm welcome from the community in the Marina, and feel like we are hitting our stride," she said.
Poke on Pierce is open daily 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Cafe Okawari (236 Townsend St.)
Half a block from the Caltrain station at Fourth and Townsend streets, veteran Hoodline tipster Al M. reports that a new cafe called Cafe Okawari will be taking over the former home of Durso Cafe & Juice Bar.
A notice has been posted to the business' window indicating the change, but so far, no work has commenced on the space, said Al.
It looks like the new cafe will specialize in Japanese fare as well. We've reached out to Molyneux to learn more, and will provide updates when we hear back.
Gyro Grub (243 Jefferson St.)
Next, Al M. reports from Fisherman's Wharf that there's a taker for the space formerly occupied by Bobo Drinks & Pho, which closed in February.
Gyro Grub, a new Greek chain based in Los Angeles, is plotting a San Francisco expansion to Bobo's former space, and has locations set to open in the FiDi and Berkeley as well.
The restaurant comes from investment firm DGN Capital Group LLC., which is also working to open another restaurant concept, called Mythos Taverna. So far, it doesn't appear that any of the locations have opened, as the business' website is still under construction.
When the new spots are open, expect to see Greek-inspired street food like beef and lamb gyros, as well as nine-inch pizzas topped with gyro meat, mozzarella "GyroGrub sauce," tomatoes and bacon. The chain also offers salads, soups, sides and more. (You can check out the menu here.)
SOMA Eats (121 Spear St.)
Finally, SOMA Eats' new second location near the Rincon Center has expanded its hours and menu, according to a representative.
When we first announced the Middle Eastern-influenced spot's debut, it was only serving breakfast and lunch. But it's now expanded to offer dinner and a happy hour, with options like lamb tagine, an Armenian burger, and hummus with braised beef. (You can check out the expanded menu here.)
The cafe is now open for breakfast and lunch weekdays from 7 a.m.–2 p.m., with happy hour between 4 and 6 p.m., and dinner served 5–9 p.m.
Thank you very much to Al M. for the tips! If you've seen something new in the neighborhood, text your tips and photos to (415) 200-3233, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If we use your info in a story, we'll give you credit.
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