August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013

The exterior of Luella. Photo from Facebook.

And just like that, the new takers of the soon-to-close Luella location on Russian Hill are revealed to be Jason Kirmse and Cyrick Hia of Fat Angel, who are partnering with Ryan Cole, previously a GM at Michael Mina. Scoop announces the project is to be called ~STONES THROW~, with Jason Halverson as chef (he was an executive sous chef at Mina). The team plans to offer a neighborhood vibe and good value, but with all the Mina training, you know many details will be dialed in. And with Fat Angel’s involvement, the beer will be damn good. Stand by for more in coming weeks—the project will open this fall. 1896 Hyde St. at Green.


The map mural at Kate’s Kitchen. Yelp photo by Jodi S.

Haighteration reported on Saturday via Scoop that Thomas Martinez (formerly of Mission Beach Café) had become a new chef and co-owner at ~KATE’S KITCHEN~ in the Lower Haight. Monday they posted menu details too. Here’s the deal: during the day, the name will likely remain Kate’s, with some limited changes to the menu (in other words, the hush puppies are staying put). In the evening, though, things are getting a little crazy and the place will be called ~CHAPARRAL~.

The Chaparral menu is divided into several sections: shared plates for two that are starters or snacks; “appetizing raw” dishes, which will include crudo, tartare, and cheese plates; “appetizing hot,” which includes grilled appetizers and soups; “non-belly-busting entrées”; and desserts. The menu will change weekly to keep everything seasonal. They are also planning to serve beer and wine, which will require them to apply for a liquor license. The restaurant will also start accepting credit cards, which is a new development. Hours at Kate’s will remain daily 9am-2:30pm, and Chaparral’s hours will be Thu 6pm-11pm and Fri-Sat 6pm-2am. Chaparral should be up and running in October. 471 Haight St. at Fillmore, 415-626-3984.


The interior of Cedar Hill. Photo via Facebook.

The day has come for ~CANTEEN~ to close its doors while chef-owner Dennis Leary prepares for his two upcoming projects (Caffe Terminus at 10 California Street and the Trocadero Club in the former RJ’s on Geary). The restaurant closed last Friday August 23rd (via Scoop); stand by for news on when he will potentially open the restaurant for one-off dinners since there is still a year left on the lease.

Over in the Marina, ~CEDAR HILL~ has closed its doors; owners Jon Rietz and Emily Lai will continue to operate their two Rib Whip trucks, serving up their Midwest barbecue (via Scoop). 3242 Scott St. at Chestnut.


The Post Street Creamery Cart. Photo from Facebook.

Midwestern-style pierogi joint ~STUFFED~ has been in the works for a while now, and they will officially be opening their doors on Saturday August 31st. Details are sparse, but look for Midwestern beer, traditional and not-so-traditional pierogi fillings, including smoked salmon with cheese and potato, and outdoor seating. Hours are Tue-Thu 12pm-10pm. Fri-Sat 12pm-12am, and Sunday is 10am-2pm. 2788 Mission St. at 24th St., 415-642-1069 (phone is not hooked up yet).

A tipster wrote in to let us know that old-timer ~QUE TAL~ on Guerrero closed on Saturday August 24th because they lost their lease. A call in to the shop confirmed the situation, and they are hoping to reopen again soon, not too far away. We’ll keep you updated on any new developments. 1005 Guerrero St. at 22nd St., 415-282-8855.

Glen Park French bistro ~LE P’TIT LAURENT~ is now open for brunch, every Sunday from 10am-2pm. The new brunch menu includes classics like a croque-madame with salad ($12), frisée salad with bacon and poached egg ($10), and French toast with seasonal fruit and whipped cream ($9). They’ll also be pouring brunchy beverages from the full bar, with bottomless mimosas for $15. Reservations can be made by calling the restaurant. 699 Chenery St. at Diamond, 415-334-3235.

This escaped our radar, but there’s a new place for ice cream in the Financial District! ~POST STREET CREAMERY~ is a mobile stand with three changing flavors every day, all handmade by owner Baljit Dhillon. Yelpers mention salty carmel, coffee toffee, and mocha flavors. 100 Post St. at Kearny.

Don Davis of ~BIN 38~ writes in to tell us there’s a new chef in the kitchen: Christian Phernetton, previously the executive chef at L’Auberge Provencale in White Post, Virginia, and Old Town Brasserie in Chicago. His new menu will be in place the first week of September. He replaces Arnold Pulido, previously of Va de Vi. 3232 Scott St. at Chestnut, 415-567-3838.


The newly clean and shiny kitchen at Tu Lan. Yelp photo by Guillermo E.

Inside Scoop reports that ~TU LAN~ has reopened after being closed for more than a year due to health code violations. They have totally remodeled the interior (gasp!), added all new equipment to the kitchen, and trained the staff in proper food handling practices. Yup, the grimy little hole in the wall has been totally sanitized. The menu, however, remains unchanged, though prices have gone up a quarter for all dishes. Awwww. 8 6th St. at Market, 415-626-0927.


The six bowling lanes at Mission Bowling Club. Photo: ©

Celebrate Labor Day with a barbecue at ~HOMESTEAD~ on Monday September 2nd. From 12pm-6pm, you’ll find a buffet of pork ribs, brisket, corn on the cob, potato salad, and peach cobbler, plus more classic American vittles. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for kids under 10, and there will be beverages available at the bar for an additional cost (Trappist Provisions will be bringing beers on tap and unique bottles of microbrews). Be sure to bring your cash money—it’s cash only. 4029 Piedmont Ave. at 40th St., Oakland, 510-420-6962.

Eater reported yesterday that Daniel Hyatt (and his cocktail menu) have left Roka Akor, but you can still try some of his boozy inventions elsewhere. He’ll be popping up at ~MISSION BOWLING CLUB~ for Soul & Bowl nights every first and third Monday of each month, which include free shoe rentals and lots of classic soul records. His first appearance will be Labor Day, September 2nd. Look for a few punches, plus a fresh grapefruit cocktail with rum and Cherry Heering, among other bevvies.

The Front Porch turns seven on Labor Day, and to celebrate, well, they’ll be closed. But across the street at sister establishment ~THE ROCK BAR~ they’ll be celebrating with a grill and lots of drinks. The party starts at 4pm, and grilling continues until the food runs out. Drinks, of course, continue until 2am. 80 29th St. at Tiffany, 415-550-6664.


The communal table at Bourbon & Beef. Photo via Facebook.


The shelves at Ordinaire. Yelp photo by Unkl-T

A while back, Diablo Dish mentioned a project called ~BOURBON & BEEF~ was opening in the former Water Lounge in Rockridge. According to Facebook, it’s now open. The menu is focused on Latin-inspired plates by Central American chef Munther Massarweh (he was born in El Salvador to Jordanian parents and raised in San Francisco).

True to its name, the menu features some beefy starters like sopa de jamón ($11), a beef tenderloin and serrano ham stew with ancho and Anaheim peppers, Peruvian purple potatoes, okra, and marrow beans in a bourbon beef stock; and a chile relleno ($15), a beef-stuffed chile with mole sauce and jalapeño cream. There are also meaty large plates to share, plus some seafood throughout the menu as well (including a seafood paella). The menu features sustainably sourced meats, and organic items are noted too. Cocktails are not limited to bourbon only, and the wine list features only European selections (hmmm). Hours are Sun-Wed 11am-10pm, Thu-Sat 11am-12am, and brunch Sat-Sun 11am-3pm. 5634 College Ave. at Keith, 510-788-4821.

A few months ago, we mentioned the wine bar and shop coming to Oakland, ~THE RED WHALE~, but it has now changed its name to ~ORDINAIRE~, and guess what? It’s open. And it looks damn cute. The project is from Bradford Taylor, who is focused on small-production California wines (with some on tap). Some European wines from small producers are also in the mix. As we mentioned before, you will be able to sit and enjoy a glass over some tasty cheese and meat selections, bring a bottle home, or even open a bottle from the retail selection for a small corkage fee (pretend you’re in Paris). Open Wed-Fri 12pm-8pm, Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-5pm (closed Mon-Tue). 3354 Grand Ave. at Elwood, Oakland, 510-629-3844.


Stag’s croughnut. Photo courtesy Stag’s Lunchette.

Cronuts and their various offshoots (cro-nots, cronutz, etc.) are taking the nation by storm, mostly because everyone wants to find out if they are as delicious as they sound. Here at tablehopper, we promised ourselves we weren’t going to write about the knockoffs floating around town, but now someone who I trust to make a damn good one will be doing so. So here we are. On Sunday September 8th, satisfy your curiosity at ~STAG’S LUNCHETTE~, where you’ll find a faux-nut pop-up from 9am until they sell out. Pastry chef Amie Bailey and Lexi Filipello of Stag’s have paired up to being the tasty beasties to you, and they’ll be offering three flavors: Double G(ougin) (vanilla), Creamsicle (clementine and vanilla), and Red Hot (bourbon and chile). They’ll be taking good care of those in line, too, with bubbles and espresso. Don’t miss it!

Berkeley has another ~OFF THE GRID~ market, now that the southside Berkeley market has relaunched on Telegraph. The market is every Monday evening from 5pm-9pm, and includes vendors like Hapa SF and Frozen Kuhsterd. Telegraph Ave. at Haste, Berkeley.

Liquor license activity and a Port of Oakland newsletter reveal a new spot in Jack London Square: ~JACK’S CHOWDER HOUSE~. The lease is freshly inked; no details have emerged yet. 66 Franklin St. at Water, Oakland.

In the sad news department, it looks like ~PIETISSERIE~ has closed their Oak Street location inside Nido. However, according to East Bay Express, owner Jaynelle St. Jean is planning to find a new location, and will likely be launching a Kickstarter soon to get it up and running. You can also still order pies via her website, so all is not bleak!