July 28, 2015

July 28, 2015
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The interior of Scotland Yard. Photo courtesy of Scotland Yard.

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The bar at Scotland Yard. Photo courtesy of Scotland Yard.

The former Bin 38 space in the Marina was taken over earlier this year by Brian Cassanego and Jeff Gabrielson of Hayes Valley’s Noir Lounge, with a project called ~SCOTLAND YARD~. The Victorian-themed bar is opening its doors on Thursday July 30th, serving craft beer, wine, and food from Bin 38 chef Jason Raffin, with a menu of seasonal, California-style bites.

Menu items include baby Yorkshire puddings with aerated cheese and leek powder ($7); bone marrow with parsley, fennel, and toast points ($14); kale Caesar with poached egg, cherry tomatoes, and fried shallots ($7/12); clam chowder puff pie ($14); and a yard burger with bone marrow aioli, aged English cheddar, and cornichon remoulade ($13). The beers are generally local, craft brews, and wines are sourced from smaller/low-production wineries.

Gi Paoletti designed the new space, which is heavily influenced by the opulence and indiustrialization of the Victorian era. A wall in the dining room was removed to create a more open space, and a zinc-topped standing bar has been positioned in the front of the room. Toward the back is the main bar, made with dark wood and accented with iron straps, while metal and glass pendants are intended to evoke the classic London streetlamp. There is also flocked wallpaper, lots of metallic touches, and gold chandeliers to keep the whole thing feeling “phancy.” They’ll officially open on Thursday July 30th. Open Sun-Thu 4pm-12am, Fri-Sat 4pm-1:30am. 3232 Scott St. at Chestnut, 415-872—6853.

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Belle Cora. Photo by Michael David Rose Photography courtesy of UrbanDaddy.

We broke the story in April that Teague Kernan of Tupelo has a new project in North Beach called ~BELLE CORA~. Now Hoodline reports it officially opened its doors yesterday, Monday July 27th, in the former Dell’Uva space. The interior has gotten a refresh with help from Julie Brown of Re:Design, with lots of wood, red paint, and leather, evocative of North Beach’s history and old-world style. There is also lots of outdoor seating on the front patio, with room for 32, along with the 34 interior seats.

For Kernan, it’s all about providing an inviting, comfortable atmosphere for the neighborhood. There are 30 wines available by the glass (prices range from $8-$12) from wine consultant Paulina Krol, who has made sure there is something for everyone to enjoy. There are lots of European selections, as well as some more unusual choices from other parts of the world. There are also 7 beers on draft and an additional 30 available by the bottle. The menu comes from chef John Kenner and is designed with sharing in mind. They don’t have a full kitchen, so they’ve been creative with crafting dishes that don’t require a gas oven, grill, or fryer. They’ve got a German pretzel, cheese and charcuterie plates, and some seafood options like ceviche. They are doing weekend brunch on Saturdays and Sundays 10am-3pm, with Benedicts, French toast, and bottomless mimosas. 565 Green St. at Columbus, 415-872-5451.

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Tasting at the Craft Spirits Carnival 2014. Photo by Drink Me Magazine via Facebook.

On Tuesday August 4th, ~LOCANDA~ is hosting Alberto Aiello Graci from Graci winery in Sicily for a special winemaker dinner. There will be a special menu inspired by Sicily, with dishes like a gypsy pepper and tuna conserva, housemade busiate pasta with Trapani pesto, and coniglio alla Siciliana. The dishes will all be available à la carte, so you can choose which dishes to pair with your wine selection. Reservations are available for 5:30pm, 7:30pm, and 9:30pm.

For a major tasting of booze, don’t miss the Craft Spirits Carnival on Saturday and Sunday August 15th and 16th at the Fort Mason Festival Pavilion. The weekend includes 200 different spirits from more than 80 different distilleries, plus beer and wine. Fortunately, there will be food vendors on-site to keep you going, and you can check out the full list of participants here. You’ll also be able to purchase bottles of spirits you like. The tasting runs from 2pm-5pm both days, and tickets start at $80 for general admission and $150 for VIP, which gives you access to the wine lounge and 1pm entry. There are also trade tickets available for $25. Fort Mason Festival Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd. at Laguna.

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