February 21, 2012

February 21, 2012

An earlier shot of the deli. Photo from Facebook.

The lines are already long at the brand-spanking-new ~WISE SONS DELI~ in the Mission. Owners Evan Bloom and Leo Beckerman are gonna be busy boys smoking, baking, making, and serving their pastrami sandwiches on housemade bread, Reubens, smoked trout salad sandwiches, matzo ball soup, bialys, babka, and more (and you can come by for lox on Beauty’s Bagels on Saturdays). You can peek at these pics of the menu a friend sent me over the weekend; here’s the main menu and here’s the breakfast/brunch menu. Please note their Tuesday stand at the Ferry Building will continue. Hours (for now) are Wed-Fri 8am-6pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-4pm, closed Mon-Tue.


Alicia Esterkamp Allbin and Charles Phan (and canoe). Photo by Jack Hutch.

Charles Phan has yet another project in his wheelhouse, a new bar and restaurant at Pier 3, according to the Scoop. The press release mentions the 1,300-square-foot bar and restaurant (secured through Alicia Esterkamp Allbin of San Francisco Waterfront Partners) is going to be a departure from his other restaurants in The Slanted Door Group, focusing on the cuisine and cocktails of New Orleans and the South.

Bar manager Erik Adkins (who has worked with Phan for the past nine years) is going to drive the cocktail program, which is the centerpiece of the project. Olle Lundberg will design the space; the canoe you see here was part of Lundberg’s collection, and is also inspiring some of the design details. More details will be revealed in coming months, but for now the targeted opening date is summer 2012.


Ivan Hopkinson and his son inside the space. Photo by Anthony Anastasi via Local Addition.

Last year, we heard about NOPA neighbor Ivan Hopkinson trying to open the Fulton Street Brewpub in the former Fulton Street Bar space at Masonic. Now this article in Local Addition mentions he’s trying to open his brewery and restaurant in the former Auto City Repair and Body Works on Divisadero in the Western Addition. It would be called ~BARREL HEAD BREW HOUSE~, but first the team needs to get through permits, funding, and securing various licenses. Here’s hoping it all comes together, because it would be a fantastic addition to the neighborhood. 834 Divisadero St. at McAllister.


The New Mission Theater as it stands now. Photo from Facebook.

The Mission neighborhood is never short on news: first, I was beyond excited to read in Eater about Alamo Drafthouse Cinema proposing to restore and open a theater in the long-abandoned New Mission Theater. I loved the experience I had watching two films at Drafthouse theaters in Austin last year at SXSW (food and drinks are brought to you). There would be five screens (one would be a large screening room), a bar, and a range of films would be screened, from classic to indie to foreign, plus live events. Be sure to look at all the photos posted on Facebook of the interior of the theater—I am thrilled to think of it being restored to its formerly grand self. And this thoughtful letter from Alamo Drafthouse’s founder Tim League only makes me want to have it happen faster! Follow the proposed Alamo Drafthouse at the New Mission on Facebook for more. 2550 Mission St. at 22nd St.

Scoop announces Gus Murad is closing the dining room at ~MEDJOOL~ for renovations, but is keeping the roof deck open. Some tipsters on Twitter planted the rumor that the Beretta folks are taking over, and this post on Mission Mission says, “oh it’s true they are! my man is one of the new managers at Beretta. should be awesome.” 2524 Mission St. at 21st St.

On Valencia, ~LIMON~ has converted into a Limon Rotisserie, according to the Inside Scoop. Considering the lackluster meal I had there a few weeks ago, I’d say this is a good move. People want the chicken! 524 Valencia St. at 16th St., 415-252-0918.

Mission Loc@l writes a proposed pub, ~MISSION PUBLIC SF~, is in the cards to open on Mission at 15th Street, reportedly serving California beers and small plates. Owner Anthony Shuton first needs to get approval from the Planning Commission to convert the former hair salon into a full-service restaurant. Stand by. 1910 Mission St. at 15th St.

In the “yay, approvals!” category, ~LOCAL’S CORNER~ got the go-ahead to open in a former corner store. Construction is nearly complete, and it should be opening for breakfast and lunch (Tue-Sun) soon. The next round of approvals is needed for the 16 outdoor seats and serving beer and wine (which is when dinner would kick in). 2500 Bryant St. at 23rd St.


The café at Park Tavern. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Right on time, ~PARK TAVERN~ is launching brunch this weekend, and tablehopper is the first to get a look at chef Jenn Puccio’s killer menu. It has some clever options, like a toast section that includes sourdough rye, smoked salmon, horseradish cream, and cress ($8), or sourdough, Dungeness crab, and Green Goddess ($9); Anson Mills cornmeal pancakes, Meyer lemon curd, and strawberry compote ($10); and heartier dishes like country ham steak and poached farm egg, Savoy cabbage and fingerling potato slaw, grainy mustard, and hollandaise ($17). I laughed over the adult smoothie (banana, bourbon, and coffee, $10), and there are a variety of eye-opener cocktails and pitchers, too. You’ll also find some treats from Starter Bakery, like Breton butter cake. Hours are Sat-Sun 11am-2:30pm, with the bar open all day.

And over in the Upper Haight, a tweet from ~PARADA 22~ announced they are now serving weekend brunch, starting at 9am. The menu includes some eggy basics, plus chorizo and eggs, huevos rancheros, and more (almost everything is under $10).


A test rosemary muffin; photo from Facebook.

Due to open on Monday February 27th is ~CASSAVA BAKERY + CAFÉ~ in the Outer Richmond (formerly Le Bread). Husband-and-wife team Yuka Loroi (Starbelly) and chef Kristoffer Toliao (Luce) originally did some pop-up dinners around town, but now they have their own place. The sample menu mentions some simple breakfast items (although there is also “Japanese Breakfast” with stuffed rice balls, miso soup, onsen tamago, and housemade pickles), while lunch brings soups (potato and ham, lentil), salads, and panini (like meatloaf on challah), plus fresh-baked cookies, empanadas, and quiches. There will also be Ritual Roasters Coffee served. Hours will be 7am-7pm daily. 3519 Balboa St. at 36th Ave., 415-640-8990.

Joining the LuLu/Oola/Zero Zero zone on Folsom Street will be ~JAMBER~, according to LiveSoMa and Eater. Owner Jess Voss is opening a “wine pub” with her brother Matt, and will serve 20 California wines and 10 beers on tap. It’s designed to be a casual and comfortable place to hang out (the menu will be focused on comfort food). The 50-seat space also has an enclosed patio. Look for a May opening. 858 Folsom St. at 4th St.


Menu cover image courtesy of Penthouse SF’s tumblr.

There are way too many opportunities for me to make crude jokes here, so I’m going to bite my tongue and sit on my hands and just present the facts: opening on Thursday March 15th in North Beach is ~THE PENTHOUSE CLUB & STEAKHOUSE~. Yes, there will be GIRLS GIRLS GIRLS, plus a 20-foot video wall, two stages, two levels of seating (including the “Make It Rain” section, not sure I want to inquire more about that one), and this is what is kind of blowing my mind: the largest Champagne display in Northern California (now, what kinds of Champagnes are in that display is another matter entirely). The press release mentions steaks and reserve wines, but that’s about all we know for now. The club will be open for lunch and dinner. 412 Broadway at Montgomery, 415-391-2800.


La Barca on Lombard. Yelp photo by Kevin Y.

A few closures around town: Eater reports ~LE BORDEAUX~ in North Beach has closed after barely six months in business. 524 Union St. at Stockton.

This is a little late, but a tablehopper tipster let me know ~DELI-UP CAFE~ in the Mission closed at the beginning of the year. It has a nice patio in the back; here’s hoping someone cool opens something good in there. 2200 Bryant St. at 20th St.

Closing on March 31st is ~LA BARCA~ in the Marina, open since 1963. As reported in the Scoop, new owners Tod Alsman and Chris Fogarty (R Bar and Wreck Room) and Cass Fegan (Sloane) are partnering with La Barca owner Jimmy Bernard’s son, Vance Bernard, who is taking over for his father. The name and concept are in development, and they are currently looking for a chef to do an approachable New American menu. Gi Paoletti is behind the redesign. 2036 Lombard St. at Fillmore.


Miss Pearl’s exterior signage. Photo from Facebook.

After that mess of a flood in October, ~MISS PEARL’S~ in Oakland is reopening. And what a night to do so: tonight, on Mardi Gras! Designer Anthony Laurino has made some changes to the décor, but chef Eddie Blyden will still be rocking his menu of modern Southern dishes made with local ingredients. New Orleans-style gumbo, jambalaya, hush puppies, and etouffée will be keeping company with Georgia-style greens, shrimp, and grits, and Carolina low-country bouillabaisse. You can check out the menu here.

The “Jam House” has been dropped from the name, and it will now be known as Miss Pearl’s Restaurant & Lounge. There will still be live music on the weekends (and no cover charge), and happy hour is on weeknights from 3pm-6pm. Sundays bring bottomless mimosas and kids 12 and under eat free at the Mimosa Buffet Brunch. As for tonight, the paint is still wet, but the Mardi Gras celebration will include $5 gumbo and bar bites, $5 Hurricanes and daiquiris, and live music from the Craig Cafall Blues Band, 4pm-midnight. 1 Broadway at Water, Oakland, 510-444-7171.


The future home of Paul Canales’ restaurant. Flickr photo from mental.masala via Grub Street.

Whew, the Diablo Dish had a big update on Oakland projects, but here’s the quick recap: Paul Canales has released a few details about his still-unnamed space next to Flora (“he’s strongly considering adding a small, curated wine shop where customers can buy bottles of wine to bring with them to the restaurant,” “a rotating series of pop-up stores in the artsy/design vein” are mentioned, plus some treats from his wife Mary’s Ici ice cream shop, and timing is hinted at “late summer, early fall opening at this point”).  

More tips: ~LE CHEVAL~ is due to reopen in its previous location at 1007 Clay Street, and it should be within the month; the chocolate café ~BITTERSWEET CAFÉ~ is opening a new location at 1438 Broadway in Rockridge in mid-March, serving breakfast and lunch; and ~BEER REVOLUTION~ in Jack London Square is planning to expand into an old train depot where they’ll open a restaurant called the Old Depot (although this is six months to a year out).

I mentioned ~NOBLE CAFE~ a couple weeks ago, and now Diablo Dish announces ~AWAKEN CAFE~ at 1429 Broadway (which I heard is using Four Barrel Coffee), and ~ANFILO COFFEE~ is coming to Grand Avenue.

One more thing for your radar: a reader let me know ~FLIPSIDE~ has opened in the former Adam’s Burger space on Lakeshore. The burgers are made from hormone-free meat (or you can choose turkey, or vegetarian) and come on buns or Texas toast; the menu includes a sick-sounding hangover burger with fried egg, American cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, French fries, and Tabasco mayo, ay yi yi. There are also salads, a kid’s menu, milkshakes, and more. 3401 Lakeshore Ave. at Longridge, Oakland, 510-879-7195.


The new Brasa. Photo from Facebook.

Opening tonight, Tuesday February 21st, is ~BRASA~ in the former eVe Restaurant space. As previously mentioned, husband-and-wife team Christopher and Veronica Laramie converted eVe into this fast-casual spot serving Peruvian cuisine, focusing on rotisserie chicken and Peruvian street food. There is also takeout and delivery. 1960 University Ave. at Bonita, Berkeley, 510-868-0735.

Meanwhile, ~ANGELINE’S LOUISIANA KITCHEN~ is temporarily closing on Monday February 27th to get ready for their expansion into the space next door. They are expected to reopen on Monday March 5th. 2261 Shattuck Ave. at Bancroft, 510-548-6900.


On Tuesday February 28th, Gail Simmons of Top Chef and Top Chef: Just Desserts will be at the Marin Art & Garden Center to discuss her new book, Talking with My Mouth Full: My Life as a Professional Eater. There will be a discussion, book signing, and VIP dessert reception featuring food and sweets by Taste Catering. All proceeds benefit Marin Art & Garden Center’s educational programs. 7pm-10pm. $65 VIP ticket includes the talk, dessert reception, and a signed book; $45 includes talk and a signed book; $30 includes talk only. Tickets here or call 415-455-5260. The Marin Art & Garden Center, The Livermore Pavilion, 30 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., Ross.

Also on Tuesday February 28th, chef Jason Berthold of ~RN74~ will be on the live talk show Studio Gourmet at Circolo. Arrive at 5:30pm for a welcome cocktail and bites, followed by a cooking demo and tasting, and then a live interview with chef Berthold. Special guest Master Sommelier Catherine Fallis will be on hand to pair wines with the dish from the demo (check out the lineup of dishes on the website). Tickets: $35 (or two tickets for $60). 500 Florida St. at Mariposa.

This is sure to be a powerful event: on Thursday March 1st, author Elizabeth Andoh will be at ~OMNIVORE BOOKS~ to talk about Kibō (Brimming with Hope): Recipes and Stories from Japan’s Tohoku. Here’s more: “Kibō, an e-book, was written by Japanese culinary authority Elizabeth Andoh, who was in her Tokyo kitchen when the Great Eastern-Japan Earthquake struck. Over the following months she witnessed the strength of the people of the Tohoku region—one of the largest miso- and sake-producing areas in Japan—as they struggled with the effects of the resulting tsunami and nuclear accident. She was inspired to write Kibō (meaning “brimming with hope”) to not only tell the story of the food of the Tohoku region but also to document the experiences of its people, both before and after the disaster.” Free talk. 6pm-7pm.

And on Tuesday March 6th, there will be a Butcher’s Guild Panel Discussion at ~REVIVAL BAR + KITCHEN~ in Berkeley with authors Ryan Farr, Marissa Guggiana, Peter Hertzmann, and Morgan Maki of Bi-Rite Market. They will be discussing the business and art of butchery, plus there will be a book signing, salumi, a specialty cocktail, and snacks. No reservations necessary; free. 6pm-7pm. 2102 Shattuck Ave. at Addison, Berkeley, 510-549-9952.