August 2, 2011

August 2, 2011

I heard back from Front Porch co-owner Kevin Cline about their plans for the International Club in Bernal Heights, which I mentioned in a past column (via Grub Street) will be renamed ~ROCK BAR~.

Kevin Cline and Josey White will begin to run the International Club starting October 1st, when they will close for a couple of weeks to redecorate and plan to be open by October 15th (if not a little sooner). While you’re waiting for your table at The Front Porch, you’ll be able to play some pool, and in case you’re totally hangry, there will be a small bar menu available with treats from the Porch’s chef, Mark Goodger. Think boiled peanuts, Cajun hot wings, spicy popcorn, and corn dogs; the full menu will be available via delivery from the Porch, too.

As for the name, it’s because there are thousands of rocks pasted to the outside wall by someone 60 years ago. So the rocks will stay! The plot thickens: both Cline’s and White’s families come from mining backgrounds, so they plan to pay some respects to their shared history in the décor. Cline mentions in an email to me: “Drinks will be old timey/classic San Francisco, paying homage to the era when the area was known as the Bernal Cut, to shots and beers celebrating its current identity as ‘la lengua.’ My ploy to make the neighborhood’s moniker ‘southern Mission’ still has yet to pan out.” 80 29th St. at Tiffany.

And since we’re in the neighborhood, here are a few details about ~THE FRONT PORCH~: sadly Friday brunch is no more, but it will still be open both Saturday and Sunday mornings for brunch. And in the exciting department: the Porch is in the process of acquiring a liquor license as well! Good for them—the space is all about adult beverages.


Exterior of John Walker & Co.

Back in June, Grub Street and Eater filed some reports on the temporary closure of downtown’s ~JOHN WALKER & CO.~ due to a liquor license suspension. Everyone seemed to hope for a reopening, but a tablehopper reader tip points to permanent closure. From John Walker’s website: “1933-2011. We are grateful to all of our customers, employees, vendors and friends who have supported us over the years.” Bummer. That place had some deep history. 175 Sutter St. at Kearny.


Jim Kearns; photo by Atisha Paulson.

Get your liver warmed up for SF Chefs at these two guest bartending gigs: New York bartender Jim Kearns from Brooklyn’s Prime Meats will guest-tend at ~BERETTA~ tonight (August 2nd) and ~DELAROSA~ on Wednesday August 3rd. He’ll be making three cocktails: Pavo Salvaje (Spanish for wild turkey) with rye, jalapeño-infused tequila, mole bitters, sugar; Strawberry Huckster with gin, lime, Campari, elderflower, strawberries, cilantro; and American Highball with amaro, bourbon, soda, orange. 5:30pm-close.

And on Sunday August 7th, Victoria D’Amato (Cent’Anni Cocktails) will be hosting an SF Chefs after-party at ~BELDEN TAVERNA~ with Combier Triple Sec Liqueur. Three of Victoria’s Combier concoctions will be available: Beet Me to the Punch, Alley Cat Cobbler, and Mon Cheries Manhattan. The outdoor patio will be open, with karaoke upstairs. Uh huh. 8pm-1am. 52 Belden Pl. at Bush.


Make pink your drink with ~CAFÉ ROUGE~ on Thursday August 11th for the restaurant’s 10th Annual Think Pink all-rosé dinner. Starting at 5:30pm, the once-yearly event will feature a selection of 10 rosés from Kermit Lynch Wine Merchant, each available by the glass for pairing with an à la carte menu of special summer dishes.

Expect quite a few meat-focused specials, items suitable for pescatarians, and a smattering of vegetarian starters as well. The menu includes oysters on the half shell; roasted beef marrow ($7); grilled Monterey Bay sardines stuffed with gypsy peppers, garlic, and onions ($10); confit tuna and heirloom tomatoes with bagna cauda ($12); and socca—chickpea pancakes with Niçoise olive tapenade ($9). Specials include classic bouillabaisse ($25); Tres Sabores sautéed and braised guinea hen with wheat berries, French plums, and escarole ($23), grilled McCormack Ranch goat with zucchini, eggplant, and onion tarte Tatin ($24); Llano Seco pork leg and sage sausage with fresh shell beans and zante grapes ($22); and dry-aged Piedmontese rib-eye steak with marrow butter and French fries ($34).

If you’re thinking pink after reading this, you might wanna make a reso: 510-525-1440. 1782 Fourth St. at Delaware, Berkeley.

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