Chef de cuisine Matthew Gandin; photo from Delfina’s Facebook page.
Over at ~DELFINA~, chef de cuisine Matthew Gandin is leaving after eight years with the group (almost nine!). He said it’s completely amicable—he’s just ready to do his own thing, “after working really hard, I’m ready to do that for myself.” He is currently incubating a restaurant concept (no space yet, and not necessarily Italian is all he’d share), but said he’s looking forward to taking time off, and enjoying some travel and relaxation. Best wishes! Chef-owner Craig Stoll tells me they are finalizing potential candidates for the position.
This morning I heard from owner Jeff Jordan of ~GIORDANO BROS.~, and it looks like his Mission location that is opening in the former Ti Couz space will hopefully be passing its final inspection this Thursday, and be open that evening. It will then be softly open for two weeks, serving from 5pm-12am on the bar side in case the desire for a late-night sandwich strikes. Eventually they will add weekend days with the start of football season, and then weekday lunch. Read more about the location in this past tablehopper post. 3108 16th St. at Valencia, 415-437-2767 (or 415-437-BROS).
Sorry to learn ~MISSION BOWLING CLUB~ is going through hard times with the city, which is trying to hit the small business with $44,000 in special impact fees (owner Sommer Peterson is converting a warehouse into a six-lane bowling alley and restaurant). Read more in the Examiner piece here; let’s hope the Small Business Commission can help “create a special fee structure for small, independently owned businesses and plans to send a letter to Mayor Ed Lee.”