Financial District: As of 10am this morning, after nearly three months of renovations, Pickles is officially back.
For now, it's lunch only (10 a.m. to 4 p.m.), but once dinner starts in April, the plan is to stay open until 3 a.m. on weekends. We took a preliminary look at the new interior a few weeks back in the Plywood Report, and you'll be pleased to hear that nearly all clown remnants have been purged by designer Michael Brennan. In their place are brown polka dot booths, lots of woodwork, a retractable roof on the patio, and even a random fire installation. 42 Columbus Avenue, at Jackson; 415-421-2540; web site