8, 2009 | SAN FRANCISCO ~THE
the old-school restaurant known for its
mega views (and Grand Marnier soufflés) at the top of the Bank
of America building will be closing after almost
40 years in business. From what I heard,
the restaurant is serving its last Caesar
salad on December 31st, 2009 (it's not closing on Christmas Eve,
as reported elsewhere). I liked this
post from Jordan Mackay about sommelier
Mike Jabari and the wine list he amassed
during his 30-plus years there. Best
of luck to the staff working there, many of them long-term employees.
555 California St. at Montgomery, 415-433-7500.
Looks like ~ESSENCIA~,
the Peruvian corner place in Hayes Valley has
closed. The number is disconnected, so I wasn't
able to get in touch with anyone there. 401
Gough St. at Hayes.
Some changes in the Western Addition/NOPA:
neighborhood favorite ~GREEN
CHILE KITCHEN~ is moving out of
its tiny corner location and into the now-closed
Café Neon space at McAllister and Baker, just
one block away. GCK anticipates opening in
the new space in October. The bigger space
with a full kitchen and fryer mean an expanded
menu, which will include sopapillas, green
chile burgers, and chile rellenos! Owner Trevor
Logan hopes to open an ice cream and dessert
place in the "old" GCK space (601
Baker at Fulton) called Chile Ice Cream, but
the primary focus is getting the new GCK location
up and running first. 1801 McAllister St. at
Another switcheroo: wanted to update you on
the timing for the new ~QUINCE~ location.
Quince's last dinner at the Octavia Street
restaurant will be served on Saturday September
19th, and on October 1st, they will
open Quince in the new Jackson Square location.
(They are currently accepting reservations
for both locations at 415-775-8500.) Cotogna,
the more casual café, will open in a few months
next door to Quince (in the former Myth Café
space). 470 Pacific Ave. at Montgomery.
One more switch: based on permit changes,
I discovered the Argentine steakhouse in North
RAIGON~, is closing. The location
is going to become the casa for Don Pisto's
(Don Pisto's was previously trying to take
over the vacant North Beach Lobster Shack space).
Now, what is Don Pisto's? I have no freaking
idea. Eater does
have some details on the deal: it looks like
El Raigon will close in October, and they have
hopes of reopening elsewhere, perhaps in wine
country. 510 Union St. at Grant, 415-291-0927.
in the Presidio, the owners of ~PRESIDIO
SOCIAL CLUB~ have
hired the Puccini
consultants to help with the day-to-day management
of the restaurant, effective now. Plans include
adding a lounge area, new patio design, making
some adjustments to the menu (favorites will
stay, while some new dishes will be added,
including more easy-to-share small plates
in the bar area), and late-night dining will
be introduced, with specials in the bar and
lounge. The changes are still being discussed
and are to be determined, but it's expected
that everything will be in place by mid October.
Building 563, Ruger St., 415-885-1888.
Chef Erica Holland-Toll's menu
is now in place at ~DUCCA~,
you can check out a PDF of it here.
50 3rd St. at Mission, 415-977-0271.
LOUNGE~ is going
to be open for lunch, starting
today! The menu will highlight Asian
street food, served in ready-to-go biodegradable
containers. Dishes include a glass noodle
salad, chicken adobo, ma po tofu, and
more. You can see the menu o' deliciousness here;
all items are $8. The lunch service is
designed to be efficient and quick: just
order from the cashier/bartender, get
your number, take a seat wherever you
want, and your food will be brought out
to you. (Later in the month, chef Tim
Luym will be unveiling a line of tea-oriented
pastries.) But check this out: Poleng
Lounge is giving away 50 free
lunches every day for this week,
through September 15th. They want people
to come check out the menu, so nothing
will quite do that like free food, right?
Lunch is served from 11am–4pm. 1751 Fulton
Ave. at Masonic, 415-441-1751.
More street food news: was sorry to hear Namu's ~HAPPY
BELLY~ hot dog cart will
no longer be operating in Golden Gate
Park, home of their kimchee dog (read
more from Eater on the what and why here),
but at least they will continue rocking
their lunchtime stand at the Thursday
farmers' market at the Ferry Building.
Looks like while I was away, ~BITE~ opened
in the TenderNob. According to Yelpers,
there are hefty deli sandwiches, salads, rotisserie
chicken, soup, and more. The owner, Ike Aboubzou,
owns the Yogi Food Market next door at 908
Sutter, plus Dolce Gelato (916 Sutter). Hours
are 4pm–2am daily—and starting next week, they
will be opening at 11:30am. 912 Sutter St.
at Leavenworth, 415-563-2483.
Based on permit changes, it looks like ~ROSAMUNDE
SAUSAGE GRILL~ may be opening a second
location on Mission Street in the Café
Arguello location. According to GrubStreet,
negotiations are underway for the 2,000-square-foot
space. How novel, you'll be able to order
a beer in the same establishment where you
ordered your sausage. Will keep you posted
on timing and more. 2832 Mission St. at 24th
Fans of ~MISSION
MINIS~ organic cupcakes will
be happy to hear they are opening a retail
space and bakery in the Mission soon,
according to a post on their Twitter
feed. Perhaps you've tried their
red velvet cupcake at Philz, a horchata
one at El Metate, or you've seen the
golf cart that they use for deliveries
tooling around the neighborhood? Brandon
Arnovick and his posse of helpers are
busy freshening the space and tiling,
and once City sign-offs are complete,
they will be open for business. They'll
just have to see how the permits go—the
plan is for October. And there are going
to be some cool flavors in the works,
stand by! Hours will be potentially 6am–6pm
daily. 3168 22nd St. at Mission, 415-378-7827.
And now, a little news about two of my favorite
and friendly front-of-house faces you'll be
seeing around town: Jim Minch, formerly
of Postrio, is the new general manager at Spruce,
and you'll find Daniel Detorie hosting
and acting as the manager at Florio on
Monday and Tuesday nights.
The food community was horrified with the
terrible news about a fire that broke
out at ~SOUL
FOOD FARM~ in Vacaville, home of
my very favorite eggs (and the favorite of
many chefs around town, who also love Alexis
Koefoed's chickens). The family tragically
lost over 1,000 baby chickens, their beloved
barn from the 1880s, chicken houses, and over
30 grazing acres of the 55-acre property burned.
In a word, devastating. You can read
more in this post by Bonnie Powell
on The Ethicurean, and there is a new Soul
Food Farm blog with photos and more
on the harrowing story.
There is a Soul
Food Farm Fire Fund that
has been set up on PayPal if you can
possibly donate money (any amount helps)
and assist them as they try to rebuild:
they will need cash in order to build
new chicken coops and order replacement
birds in the hopes of keeping this precious
business afloat. They are a wonderful
family (perhaps you saw the Edible
San Francisco article about
them?) and trust me, we want to be able
to buy their oh-so-special eggs and pastured
chickens. Even if you don't know them,
perhaps you will be inspired to help
them rebuild. Here's wishing them all
the best in their efforts to get back
on their feet. You can keep track of
things on their newly launched blog.
On a more uplifting note, this was just too
cute to not mention: Jennifer McMahon, chef
at Da Flora in North Beach, and Darren Lacey,
the chef at the Chancellor Hotel, got married
a few weeks back at the Carnelian Room. The
wedding ring featured a small pearl Darren
found in an oyster at the Hog Island Oyster
Company at the Ferry Building. The first
pearl found in a Hog Island oyster! Congrats
to the new couple.
A tidbit from reader Jason B.: "The
stand-alone ~BRYAN'S QUALITY MEATS~ has
shuttered and reopened inside of a remodeled
front section of Bryan's." 3445
California St. at Laurel, 415-752-0179.
CAFé 311~ in the
Lower Haight/Divisadero Corridor has
launched a wickedly affordable $25
three-course prix-fixe deal, and
here's the best part: you can order anything
you want on the menu, all night, any
night. You could start with an app of
roasted beets and goat cheese, escargot
in puff pastry, or grilled squid with
white beans; mains include duck confit,
braised lamb shank, or grilled wild salmon,
and there's also a cheeseburger. 311
Divisadero St. at Page, 415-552-0903.
Next Saturday September 19th is the second
year of the ~TASTE OF SOUTH BEACH AND MISSION
BAY~ fair at South Park, San Francisco's
oldest public park. The focus will be on the
many restaurants, bars, and businesses in the
South Beach and Mission Bay Area. Some of the
participating restaurants and bars are District,
21st Amendment, Bacar, Zuppa, Hotel Utah, Philz
Coffee, Brickhouse Café, Hennessy's, O'Neill's
Irish Pub, Tres Agaves, Paragon, and MoMo's.
Local restaurants' signature dishes and drinks
will be available for purchase at a moderate
cost. There will also be an entertainment stage
with live music performances, a children's
activity area, and other vendors. 12pm–6pm.
CHEESE SCHOOL OF SAN FRANCISCO~ is
hosting a special evening and fundraiser
for the California Artisan Cheese Guild
called Meet the Cheesemakers on
Friday September 25th. The event will
be in a cocktail party format, with a
selection of cheeses, wines, and accompaniments.
Guests will be able to mix and mingle
with several of California's most celebrated
cheesemakers (like the makers of Humboldt
Fog and Cowgirl Creamery) during an intimate
tasting where artisans will share their
very best standbys as well as new creations.
$35 per person. Advance registration
is required. Call for more information
or to make reservations at 415-346-7530.
The event is from 6pm–9pm. 2155 Powell
St. at Francisco.
Fans of David
Lebovitz will want
to head to ~FOG
CITY NEWS~ on Friday September
25th to listen to him talk about and
sign copies of his new book, The
Sweet Life In Paris (Broadway
Books; $24.95). One of America's
most respected pastry chefs and cookbook
authors and now one of the most widely
read food bloggers, David moved to Paris
from San Francisco in 2002 to start a
new life following the sudden death of
his partner. This is a funny, instructive
book about life in Paris from the perspective
of an American as he embarks on various
adventures, meets new people, and tastes
different things. Complete with fifty
original recipes for dishes both sweet
and savory. Valrhona chocolate will be
sampled during David's visit. 12pm–2pm.
455 Market St. at 1st St., 415-543-7400.
Bruce Aidells will be at ~THE
TYLER FLORENCE SHOP~ in Mill
Valley signing books (The Complete
Book Of Pork and The Complete
Meat Cookbook) and talking about
artisan ham and bacon on Thursday September
10th from 6pm–8pm. (He is introducing
a line of artisan ham and bacon that
he developed for Vande
Rose Farms, an Oskaloosa, Iowa
producer of all-natural, premium Duroc
pork.) And Mary Karlin will be
signing copies of her new book, Wood-Fired
Cooking on Thursday September 17th
from 6pm–8pm. 59 Throckmorton Ave., Mill
Julie & Julia madness continues: ~PARTIES
THAT COOK~ is hosting a special Julie & Julia
Cooking Class this Friday
September 11th. The class will showcase
recipes and techniques from the movie,
and will begin with a demo by Parties
That Cook owner, Bibby Gignilliat, featuring
techniques like how to make a mayonnaise,
hollandaise, and the perfect pastry crust.
You'll then be divided into two teams
and each team will be responsible for
cooking four dishes from the evening's
menu. Don't be afraid of butter if you're
coming to this one. $95 per person. 6:30pm–9:30pm.
Dacor Kitchen, 871 Dubuque Ave., South
More cookin': ~ROSETTA
COSTANTINO~ just posted the
latest schedule of her Calabrese
cooking classes on her website,
which includes how to make ricotta cheese,
or how to prepare a wild mushroom feast.
Check it out now, because her classes
fill up fast. Various dates. Paulding & Company,
1410-D 62nd St., Emeryville.
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