October 25, 2011

October 25, 2011
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163 Jessie Street; photo courtesy of Jon Gasparini.

Back in March, Eater broke the story that Jon Gasparini and Greg Lindgren (Rye, 15 Romolo, Rosewood) had plans to open a European-style café and bar in a SoMa location (on Jessie Street). It ends up the gents have been waiting for years to do a concept like this: an all-day space where you can swing by for coffee, an aperitivo, wine, and a bite. The list of spirits will be very focused, with a limited but very curated selection of spritzes, drinks, and snacks (with obscure amaros, oh you know it). They are also excited to be working on housemade sodas.

The focal point of the 800-square-foot location will be the very long wood bar that extends the length of the space (about 35 feet). There will also be some two-tops and four-tops, with potentially some outdoor seating as well. The look will be refined yet rustic, with some historic texture and vintage elements, and plenty of natural light. (They are working with Brett Terpeluk [Farina] on the design.) There’s a basement, which is where they will be storing their Clinebell ice machine—the first in San Francisco—which creates large blocks of crystal clear ice. They will be doing crushed ice, ice spears, large cubes, and there might even be a vintage ice box behind the bar. They just started demolition a couple weeks ago (it used to be Copy Edge), and are targeting February or March 2012 for the opening. Hours will be mid-morning to 2am. I’ll keep you posted on timing and when they pick a name for the project. 163 Jessie St. near 3rd St.

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Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Good news for ~THE FRONT PORCH~ and the boozehounds who love the restaurant: they now have a liquor license! Look for Sazeracs, mint juleps, your pick of great bourbons and rye whiskies, or shots and beers for those who want to keep it simple. But effective. Brunch also just got verrrrry interesting.

As for their upcoming ~ROCK BAR~ project, it’s hit some snags and delays. They hope to take possession of the International Club space in 2012, so stand by for revised timing on that one. 80 29th St. at Tiffany.

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Photo of Rich Higgins by Bart Nagel.

Ready to go to beer school? This fall and winter, master cicerone (one of three in the world!) and brewmaster Rich Higgins (Social Kitchen & Brewery) will be teaching courses on world beer traditions, and beer and food pairing at ~THE BOOTHBY CENTER FOR THE BEVERAGE ARTS~. The classes will be held on Sundays from 5pm-7pm; the first class is on November 6th, and will focus on United Kingdom Beer Traditions (each class in the World Beer Traditions Series will cover a different beer tradition—United Kingdom, German, Belgian, and American—and will include lecture, discussion, and lots of sampling of great beers). And here’s the link for tickets to the beer and food pairing class. Discounted four-class ticket packages are available for a limited time, for your sudsy pleasure.

Also in SoMa, Tasting Table shares an update about the remodel at ~CITY BEER STORE~: the small bar is now a large one, and there is more space for special bottle-aged beers—now you can really geek the hell out. There will also be classes later in the year. 1198 Folsom St. at 8th St., 415-503-1033.

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Counter at Local Mission Eatery. Photo: © tablehopper.com.

Gracing our fair city this week is bartender Ivy Mix from New York’s Clover Club and Lani Kai. She’s also the co-founder of Speed Rack, an all-female speed bartending competition that raises cash for breast cancer. She will be at ~BERETTA~ tonight (October 25th) and ~DELAROSA~ on Wednesday October 26th from 5:30pm-close, serving three different guest cocktails.

And on Wednesday October 26th, ~LOCAL MISSION EATERY~ is hosting Jim Milone from Terra Sávia. He’s a fourth-generation winemaker, and has been making organic, natural wines for 30 years. He will be pouring four wines with three courses from chef Jake Des Voignes: his blanc de blancs (2007), just-released Brut Rogue (sparkling merlot), reserve chardonnay (2009), and meritage red blend (2007). The winemaker dinner is available all night, at every table. Wine $18; food $36.

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Photo from Cupola Pizzeria’s Facebook page.

Free pizza. Nope, that does not suck. Swing by ~CUPOLA PIZZERIA~ in the Westfield Centre Mon-Fri from 3pm-6pm and you can get $3 tap beers and tap wines, and while you’re sitting at the bar with your bevvies, complimentary pizzas will make their way to the bar. Yes, like magic! From now through Thanksgiving, you’ll be able to snack on slices of the margherita or the seasonal confit diced pumpkin with Fontina cheese, prosciutto cotto, and thyme. Don’t forget to share—you’re not a vulture.

Meanwhile, ~HARRY DENTON’S STARLIGHT ROOM~ has a new “sunset menu” Mon-Fri 6pm-7pm, with cocktails for $7 (including a sunset punch, pisco crusta, and Negroni), and $7 bites, like fried mac and cheese and artichoke dip. It’s like an hour of power! Sir Francis Drake Hotel, 21st floor, 450 Powell St. at Sutter, 415-395-8595.