November 6, 2012

November 6, 2012

The new ICHI space. Photo courtesy Erin Archuleta.

Exciting news for fans of the delicious ~ICHI SUSHI~: owners Tim and Erin Archuleta are going to be expanding with a second project practically across the street from ICHI in Bernal. They are finalizing a lease to take over the former Inti Market space (in between Al’s Good Food and D/J Market), which is twice the size of their current location. The new space will host a full sushi bar, raw bar, kitchen, and cocktails. They will continue to serve sushi with sashimi and nigiri as the focus, expand the list of hot dishes, and for beverage options, they’ll expand their sake and beer lists and start offering cocktails. They will also have the capacity to host larger parties—woo hoo!

Thomas Pippin of Lifebox Studios is the architect, and they are targeting a spring 2013 opening—for now, it’s just a raw space that they get to design from scratch. 3282 Mission St. at 29th St.

Once it opens, the original ICHI space (at 3369 Mission St. at Godeus) will become ICHI Omakase, focusing exclusively on sushi counter service and chef’s choice meals at its 22 prized seats.

One last thing to note: starting November 12th, ICHI is going to put lunch service on hold for a while while they focus on the new project. Exciting (and busy) times for the Archuletas!


The Pacific Telephone Building. Photo courtesy Wilson Meany website.

The rumor Grub Street posted about Bar Agricole doing a project in the other half of the Pacific Telephone Building proved to be correct: Thad Vogler will be opening ~WHITESIDE COMPANY~. The Scoop shares it will be “an all-day cafe, restaurant, and bar, named after a turn-of-the-century dried foods company in San Francisco.” And since we’re talking about Thad Vogler, of course there will be primo beverages (Vogler will be taking inspiration from the cocktail canon of the famed Bill Boothby, who used to work at the nearby Palace Hotel). Salvatore Cracco, the butcher at Bar Agricole, will be overseeing the rustic menu, which will include a raw bar. There will be 40 seats inside, with another 40 on the back patio, flanking Mourad Lahlou’s new Aziza project. Timing is targeting September 2013 for now. 140 Montgomery St. at Mission.


Charles Phan; photo via The Slanted Door website.

Charles Phan is never short on projects. First, his upcoming restaurant at Pier 3 now has a name: ~HARD WATER~, which ties in to the whiskey theme of the project. He hopes to open in December, according to the Scoop.

Phan will also be involved in opening a café/restaurant and bar in the ~SFJAZZ CENTER~ that’s opening in Hayes Valley in January. Look for an all-day menu and quality cocktails, and the Scoop adds that the space will be open to the public. Corner of Franklin and Fell.

Lastly, Phan’s restaurants seem to have a bad history of flooding: Out the Door in Westfield Centre remains closed due to a second flood, and now ~HEAVEN’S DOG~ in SoMa is closed due to a pipe backup. Scoop reports he hopes to reopen Heaven’s Dog by Friday November 9th.


Dynamo’s new Marina Green kiosk; photo via Facebook.

Now open on the Marina Green is the ~DYNAMO DONUT AND COFFEE~ kiosk that I mentioned awhile back. You can now swing by for donuts and Four Barrel Coffee after going for a run—and enjoy a gorgeous view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Hours are Tue-Sat 8am-4pm and Sun 9am-4pm. The location is 110 Yacht Rd., just off Baker Street at Marina Boulevard on the Marina Green (in front of the St. Francis Yacht Club).

Meanwhile, Tasting Table announces that ~WRECKING BALL COFFEE~ has opened in Firehouse 8 in Russian Hill, serving coffee daily. The founders, Nick Cho and Trish Rothgeb, are not only serving their own third-wave coffee, but Rothgeb is reportedly the one who invented the phrase! You can either try their espresso blend or go with a pour-over (you can opt for a slow or quick brew—depends on how much time you have). 1648 Pacific Ave. at Polk.


Marbella exterior. Photo: Rebecca Kinney. ©

A friend in Russian Hill let me know that ~MARBELLA~, the restaurant concept that replaced Rex Cafe in April, has closed. Unfortunately, I have not been able to reach my contacts at the restaurant (both emails have bounced), and while the phone remains connected, no one is picking up during business hours. We’ll see what’s next for the space. 2323 Polk St. at Union, 415-441-2244.

Eater breaks the news that ~HUMPHRY SLOCOMBE~ will not be opening their upcoming project, ~THE PARLOUR~, in the 3000 20th Street compound next to Central Kitchen and Trick Dog after all. Taking over the space will be a location of Sightglass Coffee, with a TBD opening date. Stand by for updates.

Last week, a friend in the East Bay shared that ~MISS PEARL’S RESTAURANT AND LOUNGE~ in Oakland was sold to Chris Pastena (Chop Bar, Tribune Tavern), who will be taking it over at the end of the first week in January. My source says it’s going to be a Northern Italian place, and Eater mentions the new concept will be called ~LUNGOMARE~, opening February 7th (wow, how specific!). 1 Broadway at Water, Oakland, 510-444-7171.


The courtyard at Central Kitchen is a pretty sweet spot for brunch. Photo by Aubrie Pick.

On Sunday November 11th, ~CENTRAL KITCHEN~ will begin offering brunch from 10am-2:30pm every Sunday. Patio in effect! The menu will include some egg dishes, as well as more eclectic offerings like a sea bass crudo or caraway bread pudding. You can check out the full menu here. They’ll also be serving brunch cocktails from their neighbor-to-be, Trick Dog. Reservations can be made online or by calling the restaurant at 415-826-7004.

Starting Wednesday November 7th (which is tomorrow, so you won’t have to wait long) you’ll be able to get a hearty weekday lunch over at ~ST. VINCENT~. From 11am-3pm they’ll be serving a one-pot special of the day, like hearty Italian wedding soup (chicken meatballs, escarole, filet beans, chopped egg, grilled bread) or braised pork with avocado and hominy. There’s only one option daily, so be sure to check out their website for updates. Each plate costs $12.

If your midday needs a little color and verve to keep you going (hey, it beats that fourth cup of coffee), ~LOLO~ is your spot. They’re now open for lunch on Friday and Saturday from 11:30am-3pm, and may add more days in the future. You can sink your choppers into a mezcal barbecue-short-rib sandwich, a chicken tinga torta, their classic taco tropical, huevos rancheros con chorizo cantimpalo, and, of course, lunch-friendly beverages like a tangerine mimosa. (From 3pm-5:30pm—until dinner service kicks in—Lolo will remain open for cocktails and bar snacks.)


The bar at Gitane. Photo by Jeff Dow via Facebook.

Starting this Friday November 9th, there will be some changes in effect at ~GITANE~ in the Financial District. Chef Bridget Batson will be working alongside her husband, Patrick Kelly (previously at Angèle in Napa), launching a new menu taking a lot of inspiration from Andalusia. Diners in the upstairs dining room will have the option of a five-course regional tasting menu ($65) or an à la carte menu, and all guests will receive complimentary Della Fattoria bread and Evian or Badoit water. Meanwhile, the bar and patio will feature a more casual “compartir” menu that’s built for sharing. There is also an updated wine list from the new wine director, Sarah Knoefler (previously at Dosa on Fillmore and Prospect), along with a new local, handcrafted beer program and cocktail list.


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Have you voted yet? Today’s the day. Here are a few freebies you can enjoy after making your way to the polls, and where to watch results come in too (but please, don’t bite your nails, it’s unseemly).

Want to watch election results in style (with plenty of liquor nearby)? ~RYE~ will be projecting results on its back wall and mixing up some election-themed cocktails too (like the Swan Song, with Espolón reposado tequila, Frangelico, Wild Turkey American honey liqueur, and mole bitters, $8). There will also be Negroni-smoked pork butt tacos made with gin, orange, bacon, and jalapeño chutney from ~TANGO & STACHE~. It all kicks off at 5:30pm and runs until they close. 688 Geary St. at Leavenworth, 415-474-4448.

Want another boozy option? Remember you can head to ~BLACKBIRD~ for a special night of cocktails and tastings with St. George Spirits. 2124 Market St. at Church, 415-503-0630.

If the weather seems too nice to spend the evening inside at a bar, head to the ~SOMA STREAT FOOD PARK~, where there will be election results on their four large television screens, pitchers of beer for $13, and a slew of food trucks. Keep yourself updated on which trucks are in attendance on their Facebook page. 428 11th St. at Bryant and Division.

All ~KARA’S CUPCAKES~ stores will be giving a free mini-cupcake to anyone who comes in and shows off their “I Voted” sticker on Tuesday November 6th while they’re open. Various locations in the Bay Area; two in San Francisco (both are open 10am-8pm): 3249 Scott St. at Chestnut and in Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point, Plaza Level, both 415-563-2223.

Take your “I Voted” sticker to ~BUN MEE~ on Fillmore for 10 percent off your meal today. Mmmmmm, sloppy joe with an egg, so good. 2015 Fillmore St. at Pine, 415-800-7696.

Down in Dogpatch, ~JUST FOR YOU CAFE~ will be giving a free mini-beignet to anyone who flashes an “I Voted” sticker on Tuesday November 6th, 7:30am-3pm. 732 22nd St. at 3rd St., 415-647-3033.

And in Noe Valley, swing by ~CONTIGO~ for a free glass of cava with your “I Voted” sticker!

Tomorrow, regardless of whether you’re feeling celebratory or devastated (or indifferent), you can make your way to CUESA’s Election Hangover Cocktail event for some delicious seasonal beverages to wash all that slung mud away. 1 Ferry Building.

Did you vote early? Did your polling place run out of “I Voted” stickers? Here are some print-your-own options!


Alyson Thomas’s Boulevardier piece. Image courtesy Alyson Thomas.

On Thursday November 8th, join ~IZAKAYA YUZUKI~ for their first anniversary celebration. They’ll be serving oysters for half-price, and you can also toast to them with one glass of beer, shochu, wine, or sake on the house. Congratulations, and here’s to many more years to come!

The next evening, here’s a little art-meats-barbecue (har) event for ya. On Friday November 9th, the adorable ~POT + PANTRY~ kitchen supply shop will be celebrating their second anniversary with a party and art reception. Local artist Alyson Thomas has created a show dedicated to beer, bourbon, and barbecue, which are a few of her favorite things. Since those are probably a few of your favorite things, too, you’ll probably want to check it out. The reception will feature Sneaky’s BBQ and beer, and runs from 6pm-9pm. 593 Guerrero St. at 18th St., 415-206-1134.


Cesar Chuc. Photo courtesy Mission Mission.

You may have read about the tragic passing of a cook at ~SERPENTINE~ a couple of weeks ago. Cesar Chuc was a valued and generous member of the food community in San Francisco, and the senseless act of violence that took his life also left his four children without a father.

If you would like to help out and show your support for his family, Serpentine will be hosting a benefit on Sunday November 11th to celebrate his life and raise funds for his wife and children. The benefit will be from 6pm-9pm at Serpentine, and will feature a hosted taco bar, cocktails for purchase at the bar, and a silent auction. A $20 donation is requested at the door. All proceeds will go to Chuc’s family. You can check out the event’s Facebook page for additional information.