Copita in Sausalito Has a New Chef; Plate Shop Becoming Fast Food Francais

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Copita’s rotisserie oven. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Across the Golden Gate in Sausalito, ~COPITA~ is getting a new chef. Gonzalo Rivera Jr. is an alum of the Michael Mina empire and has worked extensively in both Mexico and the United States. He has already worked with Joanne Weir to create some new dishes for the menu, including lamb barbacoa and pork belly tacos (he will also be working with Dilsa Lugo, Copita’s sous chef and gardener). Moving forward, there will be weeklong seasonal tasting menus inspired by different regions of Mexico. Open daily at 11am. 739 Bridgeway at Anchor, Sausalito, 415-331-7400.

Last week, I had this tidbit of gossip that was in the completely unconfirmed/hearsay column (I was waiting to hear back from the Le Garage folks) so I didn’t run it. But since the Le Garage folks are pretty bad at returning calls and emails and it was then mentioned elsewhere, it appears the gossip was correct: Bruno Denis and Olivier Souvestre are preparing to open a burger/casual spot in the ~PLATE SHOP~ location. It will reportedly be called ~FAST FOOD FRANCAIS~ and is due to open mid-February, possibly on Valentine’s Day. 39 Caledonia St. at Johnson, Sausalito, 415-887-9047.