Over on the ‘gram, ~DELFINA~ announced they have closed their parklet for the winter and are looking at reopening it in March. In the meantime, they’e embarking on a major remodel, working with architect Sarah Fucinaro and Roy Design to combine Delfina and Pizzeria Delfina into one space. When it’s finished, it will be Delfina with pizza…and cocktails! I remember speaking with Craig Stoll about these changes at an event that past spring, and am happy to see them pushing forward with this idea. Considering the restaurant is 23, the timing if great for a refresh before her 25th birthday. In the meantime, the kitchen will remain open for takeout and delivery, serving their pizzeria menu, plus a few Delfina favorites.
Just a few blocks away, PRUBECHU has announced they’ve opened their indoor space as a drink and snack bar, serving snacks inspired by what they grew up on from mom-and-pop stores in Guam. Come on by for a glass of natural wine, or the new Temescal Beer pastry stout inspired by their coconut candy ice cream (it’s on tap!). This will be the first time they have opened their indoor space since they took the location over two years ago. Cheers to making it this far in a goddamn pandemic, team!
Over on Valencia, I was happy to read the news that owner Eileen Rinaldi of RITUAL COFFEE ROASTERS is working on converting the company into an employee-owned business, with any employee who has worked for Ritual for a year or more owning a share. Her goal is to have things in place by the end of 2022. [via Mission Local]
In the previous tablehopper column, I broke the news that FLOUR & BRANCH was opening their first brick-and-mortar bakery in SoMa, and after some issues with their oven, they have opened. Release the cookies and kouign-amann! Hours are Mon-Fri 8am-6pm and Sat 10am-6pm, with hours extending later as they ramp up. 493 3rd St. at Bryant.
The dining counter at Delfina. Photo: Eric Wolfinger.