We finally have another clue as to what's been up at the papered-over Il Cantuccio space (3228 16th Street): Grub Street discovers this morning a liquor license filed under the name of Mozzeria, from proprietors Russell and Melody Stein. Melody is a third generation, Asian-American restaurateur, and she's long had a dream of opening a Neapolitan pizza spot. "Food is magical," she writes, "because it fulfills our stomachs while at the same time bringing us together as family." It turns out she and husband Russell have been working on this project for a while, keeping a blog about it, and only recently swooped in on the Cantuccio spot when another deal fell through. It's a plum location, between Dolores and Guerrero, and we wish them well in entering the now crowded Neapolitan pizza fray.
We're guessing this opening is now a couple of months out, and they may even beat the nearby Antica Pizzeria Napoletana project from the Farina folks at 18th and Valencia, which has been delayed for a great many months now.
In other 16th Street news, we spy a liquor license going in today for a space at 2700 17th Street, otherwise known as El Rincon. This of course means that El Rincon might not be long for this world. The new owner: Paul Bavaro, a.k.a. the proprietor of Thieves Tavern, Whiskey Thieves, and Dirty Thieves. There's no name given for the new bar, though there is an LLC called Beards and Mustaches, which would of course be a good name for a Mission bar. And all we know beyond that is there will be food. Update: Via a tipster we learn that the place is going to be called Dear Mom, opening in the fall, and featuring a menu from Chez Spencer's Laurent Katgely.
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