August 12, 2014

August 12, 2014
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A look at the future exterior of Foghorn Bayview, via Facebook.

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Foghorn is moving into the former Jackie Norman campaign space. Photo: Ariana La Porte.

Bayview continues to percolate with new projects, and come this winter, ~FOGHORN BAYVIEW~ will be sounding its horn. The project is from Eric Nyeste (Proof Grainworks), who some may recognize from the Bayview Underground Food Scene, and his friend and architect, Josh Wallace (Mock/Wallace Architects).

The duo envision a neighborhood place that is going to offer breakfast and lunch, one that is primarily “high-quality Southern” in feel. (Nyeste is from Atlanta, and confesses to be really big on making biscuits—look for ‘em to come topped with seasonal preserves.) Rotating dishes will feature seasonal and local produce, and many will be designed to be portable—the feeling is like a bistro-style version of a fast-casual spot, but with quality at top of mind. We’ll be able to share details about the chef, dishes, and more at a later date. Dinner service, evening events, and beer and wine will potentially come later.

Nyeste’s background includes extensive experience as a barista, as well as a bartender. They will be serving De La Paz and pulling shots off a Synesso, and there will also be a “cocktail” bar, but the sodas, coolers, and drinks will be nonalcoholic (but made with just as much creativity, quality ingredients, and care as a craft cocktail).

The duo are excited to be a part of Bayview; Nyeste says, “There are some phenomenal businesses in the neighborhood, and we want ours to tie in to the existing community. Everything we make will be quality, and will also fit in the context of the neighborhood. We want to be accessible and approachable.”

There will be 26 seats, with communal tables. The design and buildout are following sustainable building guidelines, and they are also grateful to the SF Shines program for their assistance with some components of the project, like refurbishing their sign and ADA compliance. They just finished demolition, so November is the current target for opening. 4608 3rd St. at McKinnon.

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Construction at The Hall. Photo courtesy The Hall.

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The vendor stalls at The Hall. Photo courtesy The Hall.

Back in June we broke the news on the marketplace moving into Mid-Market with involvement from Scott Peterson and Ted Wilson of ~FINE & RARE~. Some details of the project have emerged, and we’ve got an update on what’s going on.

First, the space is taking over the ground floor of the new development at 1028 Market Street and will be called ~THE HALL~, after the building’s former incarnation as a billiards hall. There will be a variety of vendors (more on that later), serving food and offering retail options, and restaurateur Matt Semmelhack (AQ, TBD, Mélange Market, Bon Marché) will also be helping with the design and operations of the new project. The space will feature an indoor/outdoor design, with a large outdoor grill. Picnic tables and trees both inside and out will integrate the interior with the outdoor seating, and high, soaring ceilings will keep the space airy and open. The space will have a rustic, industrial feeling, with eclectic touches and different spaces for each vendor.

And about those vendors. First, Fine & Rare will of course be represented, serving sustainable seafood with local and seasonal ingredients. Cassia from the Fuki food truck will be serving Moroccan and Peruvian cuisine, with an emphasis on spices and seasonings. The Whole Beast from chef John Fink will be offering their meat-centric and sustainably raised meats and seafood, with an emphasis on heritage breeds and utilizing every part of the animal. Raj + Singh offer seasonal Indian food with choices for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike, as rice bowls, plates, and wraps. Little Green Cyclo will also be in the house, with soups that are not normally available on their food trucks, including a pho made with oxtail broth and other choices made from scratch. Dignitá will run a café with coffee, pastries, and snacks. And finally, Anchor Brewing will be running the beer and wine bar.

The space will be open all day, with some purveyors offering coffee and breakfast in the morning, and others focusing on lunch and dinner. The plan is to open in late September, and of course we’ll keep you updated as that gets closer. 1028 Market St. at 6th St.

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The exterior of the new Twofish. Photo from Facebook.

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Morning buns at Twofish in Sea Ranch. Photo from Facebook.

Here’s an update on ~TWOFISH BAKING COMPANY~, the Sea Ranch bakery we announced that is opening a location in South Beach from Margaret Smith and Hilla Ahvenainen. They are officially opening their doors tomorrow, Wednesday August 13th. The new space will offer their rather famous baked goods (they are known for selling out at the Sonoma Coast location), including the signature sticky buns and apricot windowpanes, along with scones, muffins, banana bread, and cakes. There will also be some gluten-free choices. Coffee and espresso is from Equator, whose beans they’ve been using since opening 11 years ago.

At lunch, look for three daily changing salads and a variety of calzones. Smith says they are hoping to revive the calzone (Ben Wyatt would be proud), with lighter choices and fresh toppings. There will be a few options, including “Hylla’s Thrilla” with mozzarella, roasted onion, Mike’s Hot Honey, and soppressata; a white calzone with olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, ricotta, and basil; and a vegan option with garlic, onion, mushroom, artichoke hearts, and olives.

For the moment, they are going to try out these different menu options and see what is popular. In the future, there may also be a breakfast calzone, more dishes at lunch, and weekend hours. For now, hours are Mon-Fri 7:30am-3:30pm. 240 Ritch St. at Bryant, 415-970-6965.

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A look into Beso’s dining room. Photo by Michael David Rose Photography, courtesy of Urban Daddy.

The Castro is getting a new Spanish-inspired hangout, ~BESO~, from the folks behind nearby Bisou (no word if Bacio is next). The restaurant opens on Thursday August 14th. Executive chef and co-owner Nicolas Ronan worked with consulting chef and partner Anthony Lemortellec (Boqueria, New York) on the menu of tapas that feature local and seasonal ingredients from their Napa Kitchen Garden in Napa Valley. Dishes include steamed mussels with chorizo, mushrooms with Manchego, steak tartare, and seasonal paellas, plus cut-to-order jamón and Spanish cheeses.

The contemporary 54-seat space was created by Tecta Associates, and the kitchen features some open (glass-encased) areas where guests can watch their food being prepared to order. There are brick walls, a marble tapas counter, small group tables, and a custom communal table made from oak. There are plenty of Spanish and California wines, selected by co-owner and general manager Damien Chabaud-Arnault. Open for dinner nightly. 4058A 18th St. at Castro, 415-801-5392.

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Frito pie from Old Bus Tavern. Photo from Facebook.

A new bar and chili shop is coming to Bernal, called ~OLD BUS TAVERN~. It’s a partnership of Old Bus Tavern, a local brewer, and Barchili, which is currently doing an occasional Tuesday pop-up at Pizzahacker. There will be chili on the menu, of course, and their beer, though no other menu details were available. Barchili appears to focus on regional chili specialties, like Cincinnati-style and Frito pie, and of course they have a chili burger. No word yet on an opening date. 3193 Mission St. at Fair.

There’s a new place for clean eating in the Marina, according to Eater. It’s called ~SEED + SALT~ and comes from owner Mo Clancy in the former Tuttimelon space on Chestnut. She’s partnered with chef Ariel Nadelberg to create a vegan menu with no gluten or refined sugar, including an eggplant BLT, beet burger, and sprouted buckwheat granola for breakfast. It will most be a takeout spot, with only about 14 seats for those wishing to dine in. The opening date is targeted for mid-October. 2240 Chestnut St. at Avila.

~UDUPI PALACE~ has opened a third location in the Marina, according to Scoop. The vegetarian restaurant, which also has locations in Berkeley and the Mission, is known for its dosas, as well as a thali plate that packs a lot of food for a low price tag. 3242 Scott St. at Chestnut.

Liquor license activity tipped us off to the new ~TRUCK STOP~ opening on Duboce in the Mission. Owner King Lei reports that it will be in the same vein as the SoMa STreat Food Park, with trucks and a bar with beer and wine. However, details are still quite sparse: though they plan to open softly within the next couple of weeks, no trucks have been officially signed on. Lei, however, reports that there has been “lots of interest.” 55 Duboce Ave. at Woodward.

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I heard awhile back that the Rosenthal brothers—you know, the ones behind Town Hall, Anchor & Hope, and Salt House—had a new coffee project brewing (har). After a tablehopper tipster sent me a pic of their new café window, well, it’s time to release some details. Mitchell and Steve have partnered up with Hanna Suleiman of Caffè Greco to create ~LA CAPRA COFFEE~. The Rosenthals have been fans of Greco forever, and have talked about opening a café with Suleiman for a long time. But when it came time to figuring out which local coffee to serve, they had a hard time finding something that came close to their love of Italian roasts. So they decided to figure out their own roast!

They have been working closely with a toll (contract) roaster on an Italian-inspired espresso blend and a drip coffee, and have been cupping for months. Things are getting close as they figure out what they like… And we’ll be able to see what made the cut at the end of September (or maybe early October) when they open a café in the Financial District. Sagan Piechota Architecture (Piccino, Blue Bottle) is behind the design, which will feature marble counters, dark wood, and a little bit of seating. Mitch also said he plans to add some sandwiches (but not grab and go) and is trying to figure out how to get their beignets in there (it’s tough because there isn’t a kitchen). We’ll keep you posted on the opening, and who knows, knowing the Rosenthals, they may even start their own roasting facility someday—you know how chefs are. 50 Fremont St. at Mission.

Fans of ~BLUE BOTTLE COFFEE~ will have another spot to get their fix: they’ll be opening a new location in the Financial District, and it’s close to 2,000 square feet. Eater reports the offering will be like Blue Bottle Mint Plaza (think waffles and some other bites to go with your coffee). It should open in a few months. 115 Sansome St. at Bush. (There’s also going to be a location in the Twitter building, actually a kiosk, at 10th and Stevenson—that one is looking like early 2015.)

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A dish from Robin Song’s pop-up at Hog & Rocks. Photo courtesy Hog & Rocks.

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The truffle waffle from Ante Meridian. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Every Thursday this month at ~HOG & ROCKS~ you can check out a special late-night Korean pop-up from chef Robin Song. It begins at 10pm on August 14th, 21st, and 28th, and goes until the bar closes. Menu items are inspired by the street food and drinking culture of Korea, and include bibimbap; a zucchini pancake with soy, peppers, and cress; and kimchi tofu stew with a slow-cooked egg.

On Sunday August 24th, chef Anthony Yang (of Per Se and Michael Mina) is doing his Ante Meridian brunch pop-up at Naked Kitchen from 11:30am-2pm. The four-course prix-fixe menu will be seasonal and costs $40 per person—the man is famous for black truffle waffles, just sayin’. Beverages are BYO, so feel free to bring a delicious bottle of bubbles (or two, depending on how you roll). Get your tickets and check out a sample menu here. 945 Valencia St. at 20th St.

According to an announcement on Facebook, Dogpatch’s ~SMOKESTACK~ is now open for lunch. They now open at 11:30am, so their new hours are 11:30am-12am daily, with the bar staying open until 2am Fri-Sat. 2505 3rd St. at 22nd St., 415-864-7468.

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Looking for a little taste of North Beach, but in the Mission? On Sunday August 24th, ~TRICK DOG~ is hosting a late-night North Beach-inspired Italian dinner with Aviation American Gin/House Spirits Distillery and Imbibe magazine. New chef Michael Logan has put together a menu that includes fritto misto and ricotta and eggplant cannelloni. But wait for the drink pairings! One of them is the “Pizza Negroni,” with mozzarella-washed Aviation gin, Campari, Martini & Rossi Gran Lusso, and tomato water. Whoa. The three-course meal ends with Neapolitan ice cream sandwiches, and the pairing has some grappa in it, oh you know it. Tickets are $55, all-inclusive. Seats are very limited, so reserve your spot quickly. Reservations can be made here. 9pm. 3010 20th St. at Florida, 415-471-2999.

If you want to get out of town, check out this farm lunch and estate tour with the ~NOPA~/Nopalize crew on Wednesday August 20th at Devoto Orchards in Sebastopol (it’s first in a series called Seasons—take a look at upcoming events!). You’ll get to taste their heirloom cider, Nopa chef Laurence Jossel will prepare lunch, and pastry chef Anna Lee will provide a morning pastry to go with your Blue Bottle Coffee on the ride up. Depart at 9am, return at 4pm. $150. Tickets and details here.

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The front window at Perry’s on Union Street. Photo from Facebook.

~PERRY’S~ has been on Union Street since 1969 and is celebrating their 45th anniversary this month. Yeah, that’s a good one. They’re having a party on Friday August 15th from 5pm until closing, with live music, guest bartenders, and a chance to play dice with owner Perry Butler. You can read more about Mr. Butler and the iconic bar and restaurant here. There will also be half-price wine all month, and daily specials with the “retro-ish” price of $6.95. Dishes will include classics like London broil and quiche Lorraine. Don’t miss it! 1944 Union St. at Laguna, 415-922-9022.

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The new Corso. Photo by Harry Yuan.

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The darling Montclair Bistro. Photo from Facebook.

Berkeley’s ~CORSO~ has made some changes, including signing on a new chef. Scott Eastman is now at the helm in the kitchen—he’s been there since they opened six years ago. They’ve replaced the kitchen’s large pizza oven with a special charcuterie cooler and a pasta cooker. The menu’s focus has shifted toward housemade pasta, whole animal butchery, and Bay Area style and products. Think Italian technique and inspiration, but with a California sense of adventure and maybe not so many rules—take a look at the new menu here. In addition to some new menu items, like a nightly butcher’s special cut of meat, yogurt-marinated rabbit, and extensive charcuterie choices, they’ve also acquired a full liquor license. The new cocktail list takes its inspiration from vintage cocktails, with Italian influence; take a look here. Hours are Sun-Mon 5pm-9pm, Tue-Thu 5pm-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 5pm-10pm. 1788 Shattuck Ave. at Delaware, Berkeley, 510-704-8004.

This Wednesday August 13th, catch a special Italian regional dinner at ~BOOT AND SHOE SERVICE~ from 5:30pm-10pm. Every month, a different region of Italy is highlighted, and this month it’s all about Campania. Their pizzas will still be available as usual, along with some regional appetizers, pasta, and main dishes. If you can’t make it this time around, next month’s dinner will be on Wednesday September 10th, featuring the flavors of Sicily. 3308 Grand Ave. at Elwood, 510-763-2668.

Oakland’s ~MONTCLAIR BISTRO~ is changing hands at the end of this month, according to a press release we received. After 10 years, chef and owner Henry Vortriede decided to sell the restaurant to Joe Schnell and Tracey Belock, who will be opening it as ~CHOWHAUS~. Montclair Bistro’s last day of service will be on Monday August 25th, followed by a brief closure for remodeling. 6118 Medau Place at Moraga, Oakland, 510-482-8282.

As noted in the Scoop, the Future Bars crew have opened another location of Cask (their spirits and barware store), ~CASK ON COLLEGE~, in the East Bay (near Rockridge). Cask on College also carries wine and beer, and look for tastings too. 3185 College Ave. at Alcatraz, Berkeley,