February 22, 2011

February 22, 2011
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Chef Matt Kerley; photo by Adi Nevo.

Last week, I was invited to be on a panel for Entrepreneurs’ Organization, and got to hang out with the new chef of ~RADIUS~, Matt Kerley, at the event. Chef Kerley has also brought on Chris Geremia as his sous chef—the pair was most recently running culinary operations at Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery; Kerley has also been a sous chef at Zinnia, Slow Club, and Myth. The restaurant’s 100-mile-radius sourcing philosophy will continue—as well as a few of the restaurant’s favorite dishes on the menu—but look for new dishes coming soon (Kerley is a big believer in whole animal butchery), along with special dinners in the spring and summer on Radius’ outdoor patio.

Someone is taking over the Washington Square Bar & Grill space: Inside Scoop reports Sens chef Dane Boryta and his wife Liz Ferro will be taking over the space. They are hammering the final nail in the coffin of the Washbag, and are going to be opening a new concept called ~BOTTLE CAP~. The basics: ingredient-driven, casual American cuisine, and open continuously Tue-Sun 11am-10pm. Stand by for timing and more details in coming months. 1707 Powell St. at Union.

And since we’re in the neighborhood, Scoop reported earlier the name for Anna Weinberg and Jenn Puccio’s project in the former Moose’s/Joey & Eddie’s will be ~PARK TAVERN~. Stand by for a summer opening. With valet parking, holla. 1652 Stockton St. at Union.

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Image from Haighteration.

Haighteration gets the scoop on who is moving into the former Bistro St. Germain space in the Lower Haight. The new tenant will be called ~GREENBURGER’S~, from husband-and-wife team Matthew Nudelman and Stefanie Greenberg Nudelman. Details are slim, but it sounds like chef Matt’s hometown of Buffalo, New York will serve as inspiration, along with other regional American dishes following a local-sustainable credo. Timing is also TBD, so stand by for more in coming months. 518 Haight St. at Fillmore.

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Photo from Tenderblog.

Dagnabbit, my intern reports that one of the city’s best spots for dumplings has closed: ~LITTLE SAIGON CAFE~, the former brick-and-mortar operation from the owners of the Happy Dumplings cart. Fortunately, their seasonal pot stickers will still be available at the Stonestown farmers’ markets on Sundays. But, quick on the heels of this sad news, Tenderblog brings word that ~CHAIRMAN BAO~ is taking over the space, and will be using it as the kitchen for their food truck. The Chairman is also reportedly taking over the Baguette Express space next door, which will become a takeout counter in a few months, pending permits. (I will refrain from making any jokes about red tape.) 670 Larkin St. at Ellis.

7x7 brings news that the ~ORBIT ROOM~ has installed a pizza oven, a communal table (here’s hoping they got rid of some of those terrible granite cocktail tables), and updated their cocktail menu. According to a post on Yelp, there’s a new owner behind all these changes. 1900 Market St. at Laguna, 415-252-9525.

And just down Market, it sounds like things are on target for ~REBEL~ to open in the Triple Crown space on Monday February 28th, and Sneaky’s BBQ will be serving barbecue seven days a week (they just did a soft opening party last night). Dinner will be offered in the evenings Mon-Fri, and all day on weekends. Plus, they’re offering take out and delivery within a 1.5 mile radius during their business hours. 1760 Market St. at Octavia.

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Photo from Coffee Bar.

I heard the last pop-up dinner was delicious, and chef Lauren Kiino of ~IL CANE ROSSO~ is coming back for a redux at ~COFFEE BAR~ this Friday February 25th. $35, three courses, details here. Carnivores and vegetarians can happily dine side by side. To RSVP, email first and second choice of seating times, contact information, and number in your party. The last event sold out, FYI! 1890 Bryant St. (corner of Florida and Mariposa), 415-551-8100.

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Photo from Tres Agaves.

Fear not, a couple neighborhood restaurants are just closing for renovations. ~TRES AGAVES~ is closing today for approximately nine days, reopening on March 3rd. 130 Townsend St. at 3rd St., 415-227-0500.

And over in Pacific Heights, ~SOLSTICE~ closed for a revamp over the weekend, and is due to reopen Tuesday March 1st with a new look, and a tuned-up menu and cocktail list. 2801 California St. at Divisadero, 415-359-1222.