Chef Shuffle Over at The Republic; U.S. Beer Sales Fall for the First Time Since the 1950s


• Chef Brian Beach is out at The Republic; Ronnie New of Magnolia Pub is in. [Chron]

• Turkish restaurant Tuba opens at Guerrero and 22nd. [Eater]

• That iPhone app Foodspotting, that we previously mentioned as being in alpha testing, has been released in its first "lite" version for the iPhone. [SFoodie]

• U.S. beer sales fell 2.2 percent last year, the biggest slip since the 1950s. Is everyone drinking Merlot? [WSJ]

• A new study suggests that a national program to reduce dietary salt could cut as much as $24 billion from the national health care budget. [WSJ]

• Emeril Lagasse will host an hour-long talk show on the ION network — the channel's first foray into original non-scripted programming. [Eater]

• A two-year-old chef named Archie is a viral video sensation in the United Kingdom. [London Evening Standard]