Tidbits: Upgrades (and a Temporary Closure) at Monk's Kettle, Hotei Closing, Coffee Bar Now Serving Wood-Fired Pizza

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The Monterey pizza at Coffee Bar. And wood. Because it’s wood-fired pizza, yo. Photo via Coffee Bar’s Facebook.

Some changes over at beer HQ ~MONK’S KETTLE~—they are closing the restaurant on Wednesday September 3rd, and when they reopen two weeks (or so) later, there will be a sidewalk patio with room for around 20 folks, a dual-temperature draft system that will feature 28 lines and a cask engine (5 more than they currently have), and the men’s bathroom is getting an upgrade too. When they reopen, you’ll want to check out Porchbier, a collaboration with Almanac Beer Co. (it’s a session saison made with wheat berries and dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace and Amarillo hops) and a collaborative beer they did with Cellarmaker, Beertender’s Breakfast. Cheers!

Just a reminder that ~HOTEI~ in the Inner Sunset is closing after more than 15 years in business on Sunday August 31st. Owner Steve Fujii, who also owns Ebisu across the street, is slowly retiring after more than 30 years of owning restaurants, though he will continue to operate Ebisu. 1290 9th Ave. at Irving, 415-753-6045.

Also in the Mission: the folks at ~COFFEE BAR~ have started serving pizza from their wood-fired oven on the patio. Selections include the Monterey (mozzarella, Asiago, caramelized onions, roasted red peppers, roast garlic, oregano, tomato sauce) for $12. (Pssst, they have been offering some free slices at lunch as they ramp up the program.)