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- Vietnamese-Californian cuisine pioneer The Slanted Door won’t reopen its fast-paced spin-off Out the Door from Pacific Heights, as announced on Instagram on Tuesday. The Slanted Door San Ramon will be open “from May 2021,” according to the post, but the flagship restaurant in the Ferry Building and the Out the Door counter in the Ferry Building have been dark for months. Founder Charles Phan, who is fueling fears of the future of the big restaurant collection, is selling his apartment in Pacific Heights for a cool $ 6.2 million in the market, reports the Mercury News.
- An imaginative new pizza kitchen opens in the Mission District this fall after plans for a North Beach restaurant fail, the SF Chronicle reports. Shuggies Trash Pie & Natural Wine says it will make its cakes with food waste, like using carrot tops for chimichurri, a local farm’s excess milk to make ricotta, and meat toppings from proteins like pork cheek and melt. The couple behind it, Kayla Abe and David Murphy, also own a company that sells additional produce from farms. Ugly Pickle Co. Shuggie’s is taking over the former Velvet Cantina room at 3349 23rd Street with seating for 48 people in the dining room and parklet. [SF Chronicle]
- In other feel-good news, the Dogpatch bagel maker and dairy Daily Driver is hosting a cheesy event this Sunday May 30th with some very special guests – six baby goats from West Marin Farm, Toluma Farms. “Goat Day 2021” takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with beer from Magnolia Brewing and of course wood-fired bagels, fried cheese curds and other specialties of the daily driver. Tickets are $ 10 per person and are free for children under 10 years of age.
- Apparently, Los Angeles-based comedian and actor George Lopez believes San Francisco needs ghost tacos. Lopez has partnered with Nextbite, a virtual restaurant management company that runs ghost kitchens for celebrities like Wiz Khalifa, to create the delivery-only operation of George Lopez Tacos. According to a press release, the recipes for the tacos were made by Lopez himself, including the proteins and salsas served. George Lopez Tacos will debut in San Francisco on June 8th via delivery apps like UberEats and Grubhub.