Tidbits: Revelry Bistro, Heyday, Elephant Sushi, Off the Menu: Asian America

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Salads at Heyday. Yelp photo by Uli B.

By Dana Eastland. Hoodline reports that there is a taker for the former Samovar space in the Lower Haight. Chef Brad Roth (previously of Bistro Central Parc and Epic Steak) is moving into the space, with a café called ~REVELRY BISTRO~. They will serve coffee, tea, and pastries during the day, and brunch items via counter service in the mornings. Then, in the evening, they’ll switch to table service with a full, bistro-style menu. Right now, the opening is planned for early 2016. 297 Page St. at Laguna.

Downtown’s quality lunch options are growing, with the addition of a second ~HEYDAY~. According to Facebook, the second location is now open and serving breakfast items and daily lunch specials including salads and sandwiches. There is also an espresso bar for all your caffeine needs. Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-7pm. 555 Mission St. at 2nd St., 415-659-6868.

The third location of ~ELEPHANT SUSHI~ that we mentioned more than a year ago is now open. Hoodline reports that the newest Tenderloin location of the small chain is focused on omakase and is quite tiny: there are only 12 seats at the counter, and all seating is first come first served. Hours are Wed-Sat 1pm-3pm and 6pm-11pm. 705 Geary St. at Leavenworth, 415-374-7186.

Ready for serious food exploration on your television screen? Then don’t miss director Grace Lee’s latest, called Off the Menu: Asian America. The documentary follows Lee as she travels across the United States, seeking out stories of Asian Americans and food, culture, and community. Stories range from Wisconsin’s Sikh community to New York City’s Fung Tu restaurant. The film is a project from CAAM Media and is premiering on PBS on Tuesday December 8th; check local listings for times. For even more smart takes on the topic, check out this great review of the film and the current state of Asian-American cuisine and the question of authenticity from The New Yorker.