March 27, 2012

March 27, 2012
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The exterior of Local’s Corner. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

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A corner in the dining room. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

After a final inspection (slated to happen today), ~LOCAL’S CORNER~ should be opening in the next couple days. This latest project from Yaron Milgrom and chef Jake Des Voignes (of Local Mission Eatery on 24th Street) is opening in a former deli space. Since there’s no hood, it will be a bit like a Mission Swan Oyster Depot, featuring many preparations of local seafood.

The sunny corner space has a pleasant turn-of-the-century look, reminding me a bit of Heirloom Café on Folsom. There’s a pressed-tin ceiling, hand-painted wallpaper from Benicia, two levels of paned windows that were put in but look like they’ve been there for years, maroon wainscoting, bent cane chairs and marble-topped tables, and original Douglas fir floors. There’s a seafood counter with five seats, and 28 seats in all in the dining room, with plans to add more seats outside.

The initial menu has a variety of breakfast and brunch items, like baked eggs, green garlic, roasted potatoes, asparagus ($12); soft poached egg, smoked salt, brioche ($6); and granola, yogurt, seasonal fruit ($6). There will also be a bread basket of treats from cult favorite Knead Patisserie (Jake’s wife Shauna has her shop and counter in the back of Local Mission Eatery). Weekends will have a prix-fixe brunch menu. The daytime seafood menu will feature oysters primarily from California, smoked herring that Jake prepared when the season was in full swing, and smoked sturgeon. There’s also an arugula salad with spring vegetables, grapefruit, and confit shallot ($9), and celery root soup, golden beets, and mustard greens ($8); you can order some cheeses and a slice of country pâté as well.

There will be unlimited French press coffee from Sightglass, in addition to a single origin pour over. Once the beer and wine license kicks in, the wine list will be heavy on whites, sparklings, and rosés, plus four beers on tap and a big bottle list. Dinner service will launch at that time as well, which they are hoping will be in three weeks or so. Dinner will be Tue-Sat 5pm-10pm. Hours for now are Tue-Sun 8am-2pm.

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Interior photo by John Glenn.

After Eater and Grub Street posted about a “closed until further notice” sign in the window of ~CRIOLLA KITCHEN~/the upcoming ~PARISH ELEVEN~ in the Castro, I heard back from my contacts over there about what’s going on. Yeah, it’s complicated, but basically the deal with the old ownership group didn’t work out, and the ownership made the decision to close. It’s not clear what’s next for chef Randy Lewis; Lewis, who was not an owner, said it’s unfortunate it didn’t work out. Hans Purohit, who was brought on to be part of the Parish Eleven incarnation, said he might be popping up with some of the crew in a space in the Mission; I’ll keep you posted.

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One of E&O’s upstairs private dining rooms; photo from Facebook.

The simultaneous Inside Scoop post and a press release announce ~E&O TRADING COMPANY~ is closing on April 15th for a month-long renovation. Architect Tonya Beluschi (District, Picán) is leading the million-dollar makeover, and when it reopens on the intended date of May 18th, it will be E&O Asian Kitchen.

There will be an open lounge and bar, taking up almost half of the property’s space, and a new sleek look. There will also be live music and extended business hours, with a new lounge and bar program by Carlos Yturria, with late-night bites. A new menu is coming from chef Sharon Nahm, who will continue to lead the kitchen while collaborating with consulting chef Arnold Eric Wong.

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Image via Yelp by Drawn to Devour.

A tweet announces that the newest ~PHILZ COFFEE~ location in Noe Valley is slated to open on Friday March 30th. 4298 24th St. at Douglas.

A friend in the Upper Fillmore tells me ~THE COFFEE BEAN & TEA LEAF~ has closed (a comment on Yelp says it was a lease renewal issue). 2201 Fillmore St. at Sacramento, 415-447-9733.

Jason B. tells me ~V^105~ (the ^ is a spoon in the logo) is taking over the former Jackie’s/Java Wasted space. 105 Valencia St. at McCoppin.

Jason B. also confirms ~SILVERSTONE COFFEE~ is now open in the former Carlos Club near 24th Street BART. “Coffee, sandwiches, pastries (from elsewhere).” 3278 24th St. at Mission, 415-285-1512.

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Photo of the Pied Piper’s namesake painting from Flickr.

A fun challenge, a good cause, and a chance to win sushi and sake? What’s not to like? The ~PIED PIPER BAR & GRILL~ at the Palace Hotel is celebrating Earth Hour from 8:30pm-9:30pm on Saturday March 31st with a blind tasting of sashimi and wine where you’ll have a chance to win dining experiences at Kyo-ya’s sushi and sake bar.

They’ll be turning off the lights and blindfolding guests in teams of two: one team member will try to ID three types of sashimi by taste and smell, and their partner will try to ID three red wines. If you’re both right, you’ll win a $50 gift card to Kyo-ya. If only one of you gets it right, you’ll win a $25 gift card.

So, you gonna give it a shot? It’s $10 per challenge, and proceeds benefit the World Wildlife Fund, whose mission is to conserve nature and reduce the most pressing threats to the diversity of life on Earth. To register for the Earth Hour tasting, call 415-546-4126 or email. Palace Hotel, 2 New Montgomery St. at Market.

Even if you can’t make it to the event, consider turning off the lights anyway for Earth Hour. More info here.

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B Bar SF terrace; photo from website.

~B BAR SF~ atop the Yerba Buena Gardens is hosting its first B Bar Oyster Bash on Saturday April 21st. Local oysters from Ports Seafood will be paired with beverages from Trumer Pils, Oro Pisco, and Oakland-based NOCA’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Tickets are $25 and include unlimited oysters and three drinks. Additional drink tickets will be available on-site for purchase. There will also be live music, and guests are invited to participate in an oyster shucking contest, with the winner receiving free oysters at B Bar SF for the remainder of 2012. (The first 15 people to sign up upon arrival at the party are the participants.) Buy tickets here. 21 and over event. 12pm-3pm. 720 Howard St. at 3rd St., 415-495-9800.

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The Chocolatier Blue Parlor; photo from Facebook.

Some 510 tidbits for you: first, the ~CHOCOLATIER BLUE~ chocolate shop on Fourth Street in Berkeley is now The Chocolatier Blue Parlor. Pasty chef Danyelle Forte is offering gourmet ice cream and ice cream-based treats, like sundaes, shakes, floats, and freezes. Current ice cream flavors, which change monthly, include young ginger, goat’s milk with Ennis hazelnuts, sweet lime with lemon thyme, and green apple yuzu, plus blood orange with rose geranium sherbet. You can still get Chocolatier Blue chocolates, cookies, and hot chocolate and coffee. Later this spring, built-in seating will be added to the heated patio. Open daily 11am-6pm. 1809 Fourth St. at Virginia, Berkeley, 510-665-9500.

~HOT ITALIAN~ is now open in the Public Market Emeryville. As previously mentioned in tablehopper, there will be pizza, panini, and more. 5959 Shellmound St. at Powell, Berkeley, 510-922-1369.

According to some permits, ~SIMPLY GREEK~ appears to be adding a third location at 2929 Shattuck Ave. in Berkeley. A call in to one of their locations reveals it’s not a done deal yet, so stand by.

And this post on the Albany Patch announces two new coffee businesses coming to Solano Avenue: an Airstream trailer by Local 123, and Suzette Crepe & Coffee.

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Chef Ryan Shelton. Photo from Facebook.

The ~CELLAR DOOR~, the restaurant in Bonny Doon’s tasting room, has a knack for hiring excellent talent. Since chef Charlie Parker left, the Scoop announces the replacement is Ryan Shelton, who hails from Baumé Restaurant in Palo Alto, as well as Chez TJ in Mountain View, and The Ritz-Carlton, Laguna Niguel.

A press release announces the restaurant will reopen as ~LE CIGARE VOLANT~ on Sunday April 1st—the timing coincides with the 25th anniversary of the release of the iconic wine. Open for dinner Wed-Sun and lunch Sat-Sun. Wednesday evenings offer a special prix-fixe, family-style meal. 328 Ingalls St. at Swift, Santa Cruz, 831-425-6771.

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