The dining room at Padrecito. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.
Owner Berk Kinalilar of ~TROYA~ and ~TROYA FILLMORE~ has hired a new chef for ~TROYA FILLMORE~: Kevin Davidson, who was a chef de cuisine at Foreign Cinema and most recently was enjoying some travel with his wife. Troya Fillmore’s previous chef, Philip Busacco, is taking some time off to pursue photography and travel for a bit. (The chef at Troya on Clement remains in place.)
Good news: ~PADRECITO~ in Cole Valley is now open on Sunday nights for dinner; look for Mondays and weekend brunch soon! 901 Cole St. at Carl, 415-742-5505.
The fine folks at ~GALETTE 88~ have expanded their hours on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, making their hours Mon-Fri 11am-2:30pm, and now Wed-Thu 4pm-9pm.
Zagat reports that ~CHARLES CHOCOLATES~ will be serving afternoon tea on Sundays and Mondays at 12pm and 2pm, starting Sunday May 26th (so if you have Monday off for Memorial Day, check it out!). Look for chocolate chip scones, blueberry ricotta custard cake, clotted cream with jam, and tea sandwiches on Panorama bread. Tea is $32.50 per person, $48.50 with a box of chocolates to take home. Reservations and details are here. 353 Florida St. at 17th St., 415-659-8770.