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News from the Bay 'hoods: Liholiho Yacht Club relocates, Cow Hollow gets a dispensary, and more

Photo: Dear Inga/Instagram
By Jay Barmann - Published on April 05, 2021.

Here are some news items you may have missed around the neighborhoods of the Bay Area in recent days:

Tenderloin: The much anticipated La Cocina Municipal Marketplace (332 Golden Gate Avenue) opened Monday for lunchtime takeout only, with more hours expected in the coming months. The food hall has eight kiosks, with a cocktail bar called La Paloma from La Cocina that will open once indoor dining begins, and six restaurants open now for takeout: Creole "bodega" Boug Cali, pupusa and tamale specialist Estrellita’s Snacks, Senegalese restaurant Teranga, Algerian spot Kayma, and Mexican restaurants Los Cilantros and Mi Morena. Also coming is Nepalese momo spot Bini's Kitchen. [SFist]

Tenderloin/Mission: Popular restaurant Liholiho Yacht Club is shutting down its Sutter Street takeout operation this week and reopening next week, on April 14, in the space that belongs to the team's other restaurant, Dear Inga (3560 18th Street). The Eastern European-themed Dear Inga is apparently undergoing a "reconcepting" though it will return at a later date, and while Liholiho gets a light renovation, it will take advantage of the sidewalk and rooftop space for outdoor dining on 18th Street. Takeout and delivery resume on the 14th, but outdoor dining won't begin until April 28, with reservations still to be announced. [SFist]

Mission: A new pop-up called OverKill Grill from the owners of the former CatHead's BBQ (RIP) just opened two weeks ago in the kitchen at Bender's Bar & Grill (806 South Van Ness Avenue). Bender's reopened in late October with its own parklet, and as of a couple of weeks ago it was permitted to start serving drinks without mandatory food orders — thanks to SF entering the "Orange" tier. But now there's a good reason to order some food there with things like pizza rolls, Frito pie, and delicious burgers from OverKill Grill. [Hoodline]

Cow Hollow: National cannabis retail chain MedMen has been cleared to open in a former antique store space at 1861 Union Street. The California-based company has one Bay Area location, in San Jose, but this new one will be operated by Mission District native Malcolm Joshua Weitz, who was formerly incarcerated for marijuana crimes. Weitz has two other pending projects, as the Examiner reports, and has received approval to operate another dispensary under the name Mirage Medicinal at 985 Folsom Street. And this is one of two MedMen locations heading for SF, with the other in Union Square. [Examiner]

Russian Hill: A new Japanese restaurant called Restaurant Nisei, a solo project from former Californios chef de cuisine David Yoshimura, is heading to the former La Folie space at 2316 Polk Street. Yoshimura has been serving bento boxes out of Mister Jiu's delivery operation for several months, and the plan is now to open Restaurant Nisei perhaps by early August, with a 10- to 12-course tasting menu experience. "The background of what I’m doing is not too far off from Californios’ style," Yoshimura tells Eater. "I intend to open a tasting menu fine dining concept but with Japanese food." [Eater]

East Oakland: Oakland Food Hall (2353 East 12th Street), the CloudKitchens spot formerly known as Jingletown Eats, is going to be host to more than 30 different food businesses doing delivery fare — from the ghost kitchen company that was started by former Uber CEO Travis Kalanick. Among the vendors there will be ghost kitchens from SF restaurants Little Skillet, Montesacro, and Frjtz. [Eater]

Oakland Chinatown: R Noodle & Bakery (930 Webster Street), which has been closed for months, is reopening soon with a new menu, according to tipster Albertino M. Details are still TBA. [Hoodline]

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