North Beach restaurant Panta Rei recently scored the building permits necessary to expand its digs into the defunct shoe repair shop next door on Columbus Avenue. No biggie for the restaurant scene, notes Eater SF, but a definite indication that the Powers That Be just might be loosening their Vulcan grip on local building and renovation efforts. Do recall the Fro Yo Wars of a few months back, after all, which ended with a victory for mom-and-pop shop Swirl Culture. A sign? Perhaps. Given today's news about the ongoing kvetch sesh over a freaking *library* in the neighborhood, we can't quite yet believe that the neighborhood will go down without a fight. But still, the thought of new buildings in North Beach sends chills along our spines. Such a tease you are, Peskin.
· Plywood Special: Panta Rei's Expansion (And Its Worth) [Eater SF]
· North Beach Divided: Some Stand Ground, Fear Future [Curbed SF]