Given all the vacant restaurant space now up for grabs (Shanghai 1930, anyone?), it's either going to be a ripe year for openings or a really quiet, depressing year in which only projects that have been in the works since '08 see the light of day, and even some of those may get pushed back. With California's unemployment numbers expected actually to get a point or two worse this year, perhaps we should be thankful for whatever restaurants we have and not hope for too much more. That being said, below is a list of some of the brave little restaurants with openings on the docket for 2010. We've still gotta eat, right?
Credo (360 Pine Street) we already noted Eater's sneak peak at the quotable wall decorations. The downtown Italian will feature a menu by Milanese chef Mario Maggi, and will feature "ingredient-driven, Italian peasant food" and a sleek, urban environment. Opening: Monday, January 18th. [Eater]
• Baumé (201 S. California Avenue, Palo Alto) - You heard about the bitter battle about a lost Michelin star at Chez TJ that ended with chef Bruno Chemel exiting with most of the kitchen staff? Well, Chemel's new restaurant will be a prix-fixe-only adventure in molecular gastronomy, named after the French chemist Antoine Baumé. Opening: January 28th. [Zagat Buzz]
Curry Boyzz (4238 18th Street), which Eater aptly names "The Most Amazing New Name of 2010 So Far," is what will soon be filling the former Cote Sud space. We're guessing that the name is an effort to pander to the gays in the neighborhood, either by a misguided fellow gay or by some non-gay business owners who think gay men like to refer to their "boyzz." Anyway, we can hardly wait. Opening: TBA.
Mijita Taqueria and The Public House (24 Willie Mays Plaza) - Mini mogul Traci Des Jardins splits the former Acme Chophouse into two concepts one, a spinoff of her already successful, sustainable Mexican place at the Ferry Building, the second a down-home ballpark pub with a huge beer selection. [Zagat Buzz]
Arizmendi Bakery and Heart (1270 Valencia) will be sharing space in a newly renovated building near 24th Street, with the latter, a wine bar with small and full plates by the crew behind Kitchenette opening first. Opening: by the end of January, with Arizmendi following by fall. [Chron]
• Bistro Aix (Reopening at 3340 Steiner Street) - Chef/owner Jonathan Beard may have been wise to sit this year out and redesign the interior of his Cow Hollow Cal-Med favorite. Zagat Buzz reports we should expect, "lots of reclaimed marble and old-growth redwood, plus an enclosed, heated back patio." Opening: End of February. [Zagat Buzz]
Georges (415 Sansome) - A new venture going into the former London Wine Bar space, which has been delayed since last summer, may be opening in the near-ish future, featuring a full bar, many wines, a "Mediterranean flair." Opening: TBA [Tablehopper, photo via Eater]
• Local Mission Eatery (3111 24th Street) from chef Jake des Voignes, formerly of Fish & Farm, is poised to grab some attention. The concept is sandwiches and lunches by day, cooking classes and other events at night, with two prix fixe dinners a week, a la Saison, to start. Opening: Soon? [7x7]
• SR24 (Temescal, Oakland) is nearing an opening, with Josh Woodall (formerly of South) at the helm. Eater has a slow-to-load sample menu, and some pictures of the space still under contruction. [Eater]
• Thermidor in the Mint Plaza, next to Chez Papa, looks like a likely candidate for a Spring opening as well, but details are scarce. [Eater]
• Unnamed Warfield Building restaurant from the Foreign Cinema folks. [Grub Street]
• George Chen's DragonEye and Ryan Scott's unnamed rotisserie place, both at 101 California. [Grub Street]
• Unnamed French concept in the former South space with Jennifer Puccio of Cortez at the helm. [Grub Street]