19, 2007 | SAN FRANCISCO Have
you ever been to the ~AXIS
CAFÉ~ out at the base of Potrero Hill, on
16th Street? It’s a friendly little spot, good for a mid-week
sandwich out on the often-sunny and enclosed patio. (You can check
out their menu here.)
It’s looking like the cafe will most likely close for a
little bit in mid-July to expand the kitchen, putting in a full
grill, some hood vents, and a stove and burners so they can really
rock it. When it reopens, expect a bigger menu (it will keep a
seasonal focus), plus a full-service dinner will be added as well.
They also now have a beer and wine license. Open Mon–Fri
7am–7pm, Sun 9am–3pm. 1201 8th St. at 16th St., 415-437-2947.
I had a chance to get more details from the owner of Le Metro
Cafe about the new Nepalese concept they are launching. The name
will be ~METRO KATHMANDU~, serving a limited menu
of Nepalese small plates with Indian influences, such as momo,
which are like Chinese pot stickers filled with spicy chicken and
served with chutney, plus chhoila (smoked lamb salad), a couple
of curries, kebabs, plus some vegan friendly dishes. The Nepalese
chef is Bishnu Chaudhary. As I mentioned last week, everything
will be under $10. Drinks will include an international wine list
to pair with the spicy food, plus tap beer and soju and sake cocktails.
They hope to open by early July. And yes, brunch will continue
to be served—the spacious back patio is a prime spot where
you can enjoy it. Open Tue–Sun until 1am. 311 Divisadero
St. at Page.
Seems ~FRJTZ~ will
be opening its second location on Valencia (in the former Amira
space) some time the week of June 25. I can’t
really tell you a lot about it because no one ever calls me back.
All I do know is you’ll find their Belgian fries and crepes,
plus mussels will reportedly be on the menu too. Late hours and
brunch are supposed to be in the works as well. 590 Valencia St.
around town in wino land:
Wright is no longer the beverage director at ~AQUA~—taking
his place is Aaron Elliott, formerly of TRU in Chicago and The
Peninsula Chicago. I’ll let you know where Wright lands
when that news is final! (Yes, that was a thinly veiled reference/pun
to the Wright brothers, har).
Grubbs is no longer managing the beverage program at ~SCOTT HOWARD~—he
is now bartending at Globe by day and working the floor at night
at Quince. Busy guy! Go say hi!
After a quick renovation to the kitchen and downstairs, ~BACAR~ reopened
just last week. They are also starting up the cool-sounding Sommelier
Suppers, led by wine director Mickey Clevenger. He will be on hand
to pour and discuss two dozen different wines for guests to sample,
all informally set up in bacar's new downstairs wine salon. And
with over 1,200 eclectic wines from all over the world, bacar’s
collection has always been one to ogle. An intimate group of guests
(say 25-30 people max) will be able to hang out and taste the wines,
and then move upstairs to the mezzanine level to dig in to a family-style
dinner by executive chef Robbie Lewis. Cost is $55, not including
tax and tip. The next Sommelier Supper is Sunday, July 15th. 448
Brannan St. at 3rd, 415-904-4100.
Some closures to report around town:
JAEGER’S HOUSE OF SEAFOOD AND JAZZ~ in
North Beach will be closing at the end of June. Sadly, it
seems the restaurant was just hitting its stride, figuring out
what the local dining public wanted and was doing some better
numbers, but their rent getting raised to $25k a month, coupled
with the weekend ruckus in North Beach drove their decision
to close—the weekends have been having the opposite effect
on their business, translating into fewer walk-ins and less volume
at the bar. I hope the efforts to mellow out the weekend scene
(rowdy crowds and aggressive police) in North Beach meet with some
success soon, especially with Enrico’s
slated to open next month, and `E Tutto Qua open just across
the street. I spoke with Rhoda, Jaeger’s wife, who wanted
to express how grateful they are to the SF community for teaching
them so much about quality food and good service, and they look
forward to bringing their learnings back with them to Louisiana;
Andrew is a partner in a new restaurant project on the Amite
River in French Settlement Lousiana. Best wishes and good luck
Awww, after being open since 1977, the ~WELCOME HOME RESTAURANT~ in
the Castro has closed. 464 Castro St. at 17th.
are already rather weird birds, so I guess it follows suit that
there is some serious weirdness going down at ~C.
BOBBY’S OWL TREE~.
I heard from a tablehopper reader someone stole all the owls from
the bar, but then caught this
story in the SF Weekly about some family strife and some crazy
mixed in too. For now, the hutch is closed while things hopefully
get sorted. Hoot. 601 Post St. at Taylor.
old school bit o’ news: ~LITTLE JOE’S~ is
officially moved and open in its fifth location, since opening
back in 1965 in North Beach. It’s moved into the Pickwick
Hotel on 5th and Mission, a historical building, so that fits
nicely. You can get some classics like chicken parm and pasta dishes,
plus there’s a full bar, open until midnight or later. Breakfast
is 6:30am–10am, lunch 11am–4pm, and dinner 4pm-11pm
(open until 10:30pm on Sunday). 85 Fifth St. at Mission, 415-433-4343.
an interesting food-related project that floated into my inbox: ~REPLATE~.
Some local chaps are encouraging people to leave their resto-leftovers
on top of trashcans to help reduce food waste. Have questions?
I did too. Here’s their FAQ.
So maybe the next time you don’t finish that honking carne
asada super burrito, or maybe your dinner wasn’t that good
but you don’t necessarily need your leftovers thrown away,
you know where to put that doggy bag.
interesting project starting up will be ~THE
CULINARY ARTS STUDIO~,
a flexible space opening across from the Moscone Center this
winter that will function as a full-service rental kitchen and
event space with its own show kitchen. The 2,000-square-foot
rental kitchen will be able to be used by culinary professionals,
catering companies, private chefs, and food and event folks,
for daily, weekly, or monthly rental. The event space is 4,000-square-feet,
with its own kitchen and staging area, ideal for cooking demos,
cooking classes, dinners (room for 200-250 for sit down), and
cocktail receptions (300+ people)—it’ll also have
some tricked-out LED lighting. The project is from chef Jesse
Branstetter and chef and restaurateur Chris Pastena, with an
eco-friendly design by Architects II. Folsom St. between 3rd
now for some fun ways to keep you wined and dined (and cooking!):
heard ~FRISSON~ is hosting some groovy Monday night menus for $30. You get three
courses with a glass of wine, hello. Next Monday’s menu (June
25) has frisee and chopped endive salad with bacon vinaigrette
and a fried duck egg; herb-roasted baby chicken with spinach and
wild mushroom gratin; and lavender-scented pannacotta with peaches
and saffron sable for dessert. Score. 244 Jackson St. at Battery,
In case you prefer to drink your dinner, Monday nights at ~AMERICANO~ would
be the time to do it. Now through August 31 is Martini Mondays,
when they are pouring martinis featuring a different liquor sponsor
each Monday on the updated outdoor patio. There’s also an
olive bar where guests can choose from a variety of olives, including
goat cheese olives, almond stuffed olives, ginger olives, and bell
pepper olives. Just so you don’t go totally without dinner,
chef Arenstam also features a toasted brioche across the top of
the martinis. 8 Mission St., 415-278-3777
if you are as fired up as I am with all the fab produce in the
right now, but feel like you are too busy to cook, you should
swing by the Ferry
Plaza Farmers Market for some inspiration with ~EASY
a new culinary program from CUESA.
Every other Tuesday this summer, you can attend a free cooking
demo designed for the busy home cook. Each featured dish can
be prepared in about 20 minutes using the fresh ingredients found
at the Tuesday farmers' market. Every attendee leaves with a
sample, a recipe, and a suggested shopping list. Easy Market
Meals will take place in the north side of the market on June
26, July 10 and 24, and August 7 and 21. Demos begin every 30
minutes, at 11:45am, 12:15pm, 12:45pm, and 1:15pm. Get cookin’!
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