Chicken nanban, a Miyazaki-style dish at Izakaya Roku. Photo from Facebook.
Hoodline reports that ~IZAKAYA ROKU~ has a new chef. Well, actually, two new chefs: it turns out that owner Jay Hamada made friends with a pair of brothers from his hometown in Miyazaki, Japan, and now the pair is running the kitchen. They’re still in the process of tweaking the menu, and have been testing out country-style dishes from Miyazaki to see what gets the best response. 1819 Market St. at Pearl, 415-861-6500.
~JOLT ‘N BOLT~, the café in Dogpatch from Mary and Gerhard Michler, has a new chef running the show: Allison Owens. She’s put together a menu of dishes entirely from scratch, with many specials that change daily. Check out the café’s Twitter feed for the day’s specials; some recent selections included Thai green curry with chicken, a Cajun turkey burger, and country frittata with vegetables. Hours are Mon-Fri 7:30am-4pm. 948 Illinois St. at 20th St., 415-863-8761.