Chef Departures (Bar Bambino, Pig & Pie, Tupelo) and Closures


The Pig & Pie interior. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. ©


Bar Bambino interior (photo from website).

The rumors are true: ~BAR BAMBINO~’s chef Lizzie Binder will be on the upcoming Top Chef: Seattle, according to Grub Street, and contrary to earlier reports, she will not be returning to the restaurant. The new season of Top Chef airs November 7th. 2931 16th St. at South Van Ness.

Over in the Mission, Eater reports chef Nate Overstreet has left ~PIG & PIE~, along with his lady, the pie maker, Ashly Amador (sound like the makings of a good novella). Owner Miles Pickering is currently on the hunt for replacements. 2962 24th St. at Alabama.

~TUPELO~ in North Beach has a chef turnover: chef Mark Danzinger has moved on (Eater mentions he’s going to be opening his own restaurant), and his replacement is Michael Hadj, who is keeping the Southern comfort food style but making some updates (he’s adding chicken and waffles with bacon jam and Southern pulled pork pie). Tupelo also landed its entertainment permit, so look for some live music. 1337 Grant Ave. at Green.

In the not-shocking department, ~BIA’S RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR~ in the Upper Haight has closed, according to Upper Casing. The space is reportedly going to be renovated and then put on the market. 1640 Haight St. at Clayton.