Today Grub Street has the exclusive news about a sophisticated but speedy lunch option on its way to the Financial District. It's called Almanac, and it's a project of two first-time restaurateurs with a passion for food, Caleb Canning and Adrian Albino. They're aiming for an April 1 opening in the former Pasta Paradiso space at 180 Spear Street, which they're in the process of renovating. The menu will feature a mix-and-match set of vegetable and grain salads, seasonal sandwiches, and soups, all made from scratch and using high-quality local ingredients. "We wanted to bring the Bay Area philosophy of great ingredients, honest cooking, and a healthier lifestyle to the one place it's hardest to find: downtown," says Albino. "It's an area dominated by conventional delis and fast-food chains, and we wanted to provide a better option."