April 5, 2016

April 5, 2016
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Looking into the dining room. Photo: Wes Rowe Photography.

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Shot of the counter at The Den. Photo via CAW’s Instagram.

Well folks, it’s time to release the burgers. We gave you the full write-up and sneak peek of ~WESBURGER ‘N’ MORE~ opening in the Mission, and now you get to get your Wes Burger on and queso tots and Nashville hot fried chicken on and and and…It has been doing some soft opening hours, but the grand opening will be Wednesday April 6th. Hours will be 5pm to 10pm nightly for now. 2240 Mission St. at 18th St., 415-745-WES1.

We broke the news back in December that the Craftsman and Wolves team was going to be opening a grab-and-go café in Bayview next to their commercial kitchen. ~THE DEN~ is now softly open. You can get their kouign amann, Rebel Within, Thai scone, famous brownie, and other baked treats, plus sandwiches, and coffee and espresso (from Highwire), and Scoop mentions there will also be vegetarian pizza by the slice, which you can pay forward for people in need to enjoy (i.e., prepay a slice for someone else). Initial hours are Mon-Fri 6:30am-2pm. 1598 Yosemite Ave. at Keith, 415-423-3337.

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The interior at Red Dog. Photo via Facebook.

Looks like there is something going on at SoMa’s ~RED DOG~, which opened just shy of two years ago. Lauren Kiino has temporarily closed the restaurant as of March 29th, but she tells me it’s not officially closed and they are looking at options for moving forward. Stand by for the fate of the famed egg salad, happy hour, Scotch egg, and brunch—I should have an update for you next week or so. (Tip via Chowhound.) 303 2nd St. at Folsom.

Sadly Kiino decided not to renew the lease for ~IL CANE ROSSO~ in the Ferry Building Marketplace (it was going to be too expensive to maintain their commitment to using local and sustainable ingredients), so the restaurant has closed as of Sunday April 3rd.

BUT, some good news: Kiino’s ~FEARLESS~ remains open, serving coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, and more. 303 2nd St. at Harrison, 415-692-0181.

Was sorry to read ~MORTY’S DELICATESSEN~ in the Tenderloin has closed after 10 years—according to Hoodline, there’s a new (and experienced) owner who will be reopening the business after some upgrades. The Reuben and many other favorites on the menu will remain, and look for new additions (like espresso drinks) as well.

Another closure tip via Chowhound: looks like Chinatown’s pocket-sized dim sum restaurant, ~DOL HO~, has been closed by the Health Department since March 8th. No word if the restaurant is going to pull a dramatic makeover à la Tu Lan and reopen or not. 808 Pacific Ave. at Stockton, 415-392-2828.

And after less than two months, Dominique Crenn is no longer involved/advising in the short-lived ~ANTOINETTE~ in the Claremont Hotel and Spa. As of tomorrow, April 6th, the restaurant will close for a reconcepting. 41 Tunnel Rd. at Claremont, Berkeley, 510-843-3000.