Tidbits: Tony's Opens on Mondays, Kava Lounge, Proper Food, Chef Moves at SKB


Tony Gemignani. © FrankenyImages.com.


The new Proper Food space. Photo by Eva Kolenko, courtesy Proper Food.

~TONY’S PIZZA NAPOLETANA~ is celebrating five years in business this summer, and to celebrate, owner Tony Gemignani is going to start opening the restaurant on Mondays. Starting Monday May 19th, you can get those pies in your belly from 12pm-10pm every Monday. Do note, though, that they are still closed on Tuesdays, and still no reservations.

A new place to relax is moving onto Divisadero, according to Hoodline. It’s called ~KAVA LOUNGE SAN FRANCISCO~, and will serve kava, the root of a plant from the South Pacific. It’s a traditional drink throughout Polynesia, and is generally used as a sedative. It’s been shown to relieve social anxiety, according to the Wikipedia entry, and help with sleeplessness. The new lounge comes from Alva Caple, who plans to offer a relaxing environment, complete with a living moss wall and “mystical music.” Kava shots will range in price from $5-$9, and will also be available in “herbal cocktails” for $4-$15. The opening is currently set for this summer. 901 Divisadero St. at McAllister.

Downtown office workers have a new option for grab-and-go breakfast and lunch: ~PROPER FOOD~, now open in SoMa. The new spot offers a selection of seasonal, housemade choices, all available to go. At breakfast, look for breakfast sandwiches and a yogurt parfait. Then, at lunch, you’ll find more sandwiches, soups, salads, and lunch plates. Take a peek at the menu here. They also offer coffee, fresh juice blends, and sweet snacks. Office catering is available. Hours are Mon-Fri 7am-3pm. 100 1st St. at Mission (entrance on Mission), 415-992-6781.

Looks like there are some ch-ch-ch-changes coming soon at ~SOCIAL KITCHEN & BREWERY~. Chef Chris Wong let us know that he is leaving the stoves there on Thursday May 22nd to focus on his new project, Blueprint Taproom, which opened in September. There’s no word yet on the new chef, but the parting is amicable and Wong is involved in finding and training a replacement.