Foodie Updates: Incanto Closing, Local Cellar Debuts, and More


The big food headline of the week is the closure, later this month, of Chris Cosentino's 12-year-old flagship Incanto. But also in the news is the opening of Humphry Slocombe's Ferry Building shop, the debut of Local Cellar in the Mission, and yet another beer bar on its way to Lower Nob Hill.

First up, Noe Valley is losing one of its longtime anchor eateries, Chris Cosentino and Mark Pastore's temple of nose-to-tail cooking, Incanto. After a dozen years at the corner of Church and Duncan Streets the place will be transforming by mid-Spring into Porcellino, a casual restaurant and Italian market concept. Pastore and Cosentino say they're responding to the changing demands of the neighborhood, which has become increasingly saturated with families that need easy places to eat out as well as good takeout options. Porcellino will offer to-go meals, pasta, wine, pantry items, and meat products from Cosentino's Boccalone brand, which is currently mostly sold at their Ferry Building shop. Meanwhile, Cosentino's got a under-wraps project in the works on 4th Street in SoMa, near Brannan, but details are still TBA. Incanto's last day in business will be March 24. [Inside Scoop]

Speaking of the Ferry Building, Humphry Slocombe just debuted its second location Wednesday in the stall formerly occupied by Ciao Bella. Expect an array of favorite flavors like Secret Breakfast and Peanut Butter Curry, but also nods to their Ferry Building neighbors like Blue Bottle Vietnamese Coffee. Daily hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. [Eater, Zagat]

Up in the Tenderloin, popular lower Pac Heights spot Jane has just opened a second location at Larkin and Geary, serving their signature pastries, Stumptown coffee, and light lunch items from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. [Tablehopper]

And nearby, at Hyde and California, look for the upcoming debut of Liquid Gold, a new beer bar from proprietor Tim Lee due possibly by May. There'll be 30 craft beers on tap, as well as local wines on tap. Wine will be available to go once they open, and they're working on a license to have beer to go as well. Officially, by the way, we now have a glut of beer bars, following the openings of The Beer Hall, Mikkeller, Abbot's Cellar, Hopwater Distribution, Cellarmaker, Blueprint, and all the rest. Not to mention the impending opening of Magnolia's big Dogpatch brewery. [Tablehopper]

And over in the Mission, the latest arm of the Local brand (Local Mission Eatery, Local Mission Market, Local's Corner) has just opened, and that would be their new beer, wine, and spirits shop, Local Cellar (22nd and Florida) in a former corner liquor store. Obviously, the focus is on all local labels, and for now it's primarily beer and wine as they continue to stock up. Opening hours are noon to 8 p.m. [Tablehopper]


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