Adriano Paganini’s Mexican restaurant with operating partner Luis Flores has a name, FLORES, and it is opening Monday November 28th (it will be soft opening with a limited menu this weekend if you want to swing by). You can peep the dinner menu here, which covers a variety of Mexican regions. Chef-partner Alejandro “Alex” Morgan is going to be highlighting masa on the menu, from the handmade tortillas to crab tostadas, plus sopes, taquitos, and enchiladas de pato confitado (duck confit wrapped in a housemade tortilla, served with salsa verde, avocado, lettuce, and pickled radishes). Also: there are cocktails. Hours are Mon-Wed 5pm-11pm, Thu-Sat 5pm-12am. 2030 Union St. at Buchanan, 415-796-2926.
Great news: things are ramping up for George Chen’s CHINA LIVE, and they are targeting an opening for Chinese New Year in 2017. You can take a look at my last in-depth piece for an overview of this hefty, 30,000-square-foot project. They have also made some key hires to oversee its Market Restaurant & Bar, Oolong Café, retail marketplace, several bars, and Eight Tables by George Chen: Quinn McKenna (previously Lark Creek Restaurant Group) is the executive director of operations; Joey Altman is the director of culinary operations; and Chi-Feng Lin from Taiwan is chef de cuisine. 644 Broadway at Stockton.
Hot on the expansion path are the lovely Italians at THE ITALIAN HOMEMADE COMPANY, who will be opening their third location in Hayes Valley. The husband-and-wife owners, Mattia Cosmi and Alice Romagnoli, along with business partner Mirco Tomassini, will keep spreading their gospel of housemade pastas, sauces, piadine, and cassoni. Lucky us. They will also sell pantry goods and hope to serve beer and wine. Hoodline’s report says to look for an opening in March or April 2017. 1 Franklin St. at Page.
One of my favorite slices in the city is from Tony Gemignani’s SLICE HOUSE, which is opening a sixth location in the former Big Slice Pizza. Hoodline caught a picture of the sign, but no word on when the opening is coming. 1535 Haight St. at Ashbury.
Chef-partner Alejandro “Alex” Morgan. Photo courtesy of Flores.