October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012
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The stage at Preservation Hall. Photo: Dana Massey-Todd. © tablehopper.com.

The newest venture from Jack Knowles, owner of À Côté in Oakland, has finally opened after months of speculation and construction. ~PRESERVATION HALL WEST AT THE CHAPEL~, at 777 Valencia, opened over the weekend for shows to coincide with Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, though construction is not yet complete and they will reopen for their next shows on Wednesday October 17th. A full list of currently booked shows and tickets can be found here. And, hey, this is cool: the shows are all ages, so you can start introducing the kiddies to good music now.

According to Grubstreet, there will eventually be a restaurant and grill, serving light Provençal-style food, though details are scarce and it doesn’t look like they’ll be opening until 2013. No word currently on the bar program, though hopefully it will feature some of the same New Orleans influences as the musical lineup. The venue, in a former mortuary, features grand 40-foot ceilings, and the stage where the former mortuary dais used to be. 777 Valencia St. at 19th St.

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Eden Lounge; photo courtesy of Park Tavern.

Word comes from Inside Scoop that Anna Weinberg and Jennifer Puccio, partners at ~PARK TAVERN~, have expanded upstairs with the new ~EDEN LOUNGE~. They’ve tried to create a contrast from the downstairs dining area, which is on the rambunctious, masculine side, with a more serene and romantic vibe. The furniture is upholstered in velvet, and the walls are a royal blue with white magnolia wallpaper, so it should be a relaxing spot for lounging and sipping.

There will be cocktails, though the focus will be on Champagne and other sparkling wines. You can take a look at the drink list here. There will also be some light snacks; check out the menu here. The space will be open from 7pm-12am nightly, though they will sometimes close for special events, so be sure to check the calendar on the website before you go.

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El Rio patio on Salsa Sundays. Photo from Facebook.

As fall gets into full swing, wine lovers should make their way to ~EL RIO~ on Friday October 19th for what might be the final Mugsy wine bar pop-up of the year. From 5:30pm-8:30pm they’ll be pouring Bayview’s own Gratta Wines, including a new 2011 “garage blend” of Sonoma cabernet, zinfandel, and petite sirah. All the wines are made in Barbara Gratta’s Bayview garage, hence the name. There will also be bubbly and wines from other local cellars, and all glasses will be $7-$8. Don’t forget El Rio offers a finite batch of free oysters at 5:30pm, and homemade piadina (Italian flatbread sandwiches) are also available. 3158 Mission St. at Precita, 415-282-3325.