Posts for November 6, 2012

Ichi Sushi to Open Second Location Across the Street in La Lengua

The sushi counter at Ichi.Photo: Courtesy of Ichi

Ichi Sushi (3369 Mission at Godeus), which opened in Bernal Heights/La Lengua two years ago, is expanding to a larger space across the street at 3282 Mission, as Tablehopper reports today. The plan is to expand the menu, including a longer list of hot dishes, as well as sushi, cocktails, and more. Owners Tim and Erin Archuleta plan to keep the original, 22-seat location and transform it into Ichi Omakase, which will be just a sushi counter and offer omakase or chef's choice tasting menus. Look for them to open the new Ichi in spring 2013. [Tablehopper]

Marbella Closes After Six Months

Bye, Marbella.

Marbella (2323 Polk Street), the Spanish restaurant from New York chef Nelson German that opened in April in the former Rex Café space has already shuttered. As Tablehopper reports, Sunday was its last night, and building owners Daniel Mougeot and Bob DiFranco tell the Scoop that they're contemplating new concepts, but nothing is decided. [Tablehopper, Scoop]

Martha Stewart Ventures Into Sitcom Territory

Can't wait for this.

Gordon Ramsay is not the only TV food personality signing on to produce a fictional television series: Deadline reports (via Vulture) that Martha Stewart will produce Tao of Martha, which follows a "highly disorganized former party girl" who finds purpose in proper napkin-folding technique, true love at the specialty yarn-store parking lot, and heaven in a hot-glue gun. We're making those things up, of course, and plan on tuning into Fox next fall to find out how to really flip an omelette. [Deadline via Vulture, Earlier]

SF Chefs Dinner Party Project Continues Into Fall With Events at RN74,

For the first time this year, the annual SF Chefs fest in August was preceded by a summer full of collaborative dining events featuring some of the best of the best in chef talent around town. Now, the folks behind SF Chefs at Golden Gate Restaurant Association and Andrew Freeman & Company are announcing a series of three dinners this fall that will be keeping the Dinner Party Project alive into a new season. See further details below.

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Get Election Day Drinks at Rye and Blackbird, But Don’t Go to Farm:Table’s Parklet

Outside Farm:Table, as we speak.Photo: Luke Stewart

Tonight, you can be treated to a free drink at El Rio or a free scoop of ice cream at Waterbar just by showing your 'I Voted' sticker or ballot stub. And you should note that there are a couple of booze events happening while the returns are trickling in: First, starting at 5:30, pop-up Tango and Stache returns to Rye (688 Geary), where they'll be serving Negroni Pork Butt Tacos to go with election-themed cocktails; and then St. George Spirits is doing a free event at Blackbird (2124 Market Street) featuring tastings of two of their signature gins from 6 to 8 p.m. But whatever you do, don't try to sit in the parklet outside Farm:Table (see above). See some more election-related freebies at SFist.

Dandelion Chocolate Retail Shop Opening Next Week on Valencia; Café Delayed

The working chocolate factory will be visible from the retail floor up front.Photo: Courtesy of Dandelion Chocolate

Dandelion Chocolate (740 Valencia), which we thought was set to open last month, is finally scheduled to begin retail sales next week, on November 14. The new factory and shop from former tech entrepreneurs Todd Masonis and Cameron Ring, next door to Abbot's Cellar, will be selling chocolate bars and just a few other items for the time being, as the Scoop reports, with the onsite café set to open sometime later, probably by year's end. They'll be operating on a limited schedule, therefore, for a few weeks, with expanded hours to come when the café comes online. Also, they've hired former Elisabeth Daniel and Fifth Floor pastry chef Phil Ogiela to be in charge of some of the sweet treats to be sold at the café. We'll bring you some pictures next week. [Scoop, Earlier]

Dandelion Chocolate - 740 Valencia between 18th and 19th - 415-349-0942 - Initial hours: Wednesday to Friday, noon to 4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Jeremy Fox on the Move Again, Departs Venice Beach Project

We mentioned a bit ago that former Bay Area favorite son Jeremy Fox was about to open Barnyard in Venice Beach, but it looks like that project has fallen through. As our LA counterpart reports, the entire management team, including Fox and former Daniel Patterson Group staffer Helena Brown, split from the new restaurant's ownership and will be launching something else, elsewhere. Stay tuned. [Grub Street LA]

Alan Richman (Finally) Discovers Portland

He's a little behind the pack on this one, but GQ critic Alan Richman today is among the last critics in the country to decide that Portland, Oregon, is now "the most fascinating gastronomic city in America." Eric Asimov in the NYT declared Portland food's "golden age" to have begun five years ago, and US News & World Report named Portland the No. 1 city in the world for street food not long after. The exporting of Andy Ricker (Pok Pok) and Matthew Lightner (Atera) to NYC has only helped build the city's legend. Also, Andrew Knowlton at Bon Appétit has made sure to swing through the past few years for his Best New Restaurants list, crowning Luce one of his top ten this year. [GQ]

No Reservations Ad Prompts Bourdain to Unleash Anti-Cadillac Twitter Bluster

More of a Chevy guy?Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images

Last night marked the series finale of No Reservations, but Anthony Bourdain isn't leaving the Travel Channel without pulling his own mini-version of a Keith Olbermann-style Twitter anti-corporation Twitter rant. The host took a break from live-tweeting during the episode to, once again, express his frustration over a promotional spot (which Eater has embedded at the bottom of this post) for Ann Romney's favorite car company.

"Greedy venal #travelchannel ad sales motherfuckers." »

Drake, a Big Lounge/Nightlife Concept, to Open Soon in the Former Orson Space

The revamped central bar.

We finally get an update on Drake (508 4th Street), the replacement for Orson which we broke news of in August. Eater reports that owner Kingston Wu (The Brixton) is glamming up the place with several separate eating and drinking lounges, and keeping the big horshoe bar where it is. He's working with designer Alan Tse, and it sounds like they're aiming for more of a nightlife thing, using the Cosmopolitan in Vegas as inspiration. They're going to be offering a preview of sorts this Friday evening, with a soft-opening to follow. A grand opening, complete with playful, cocktail-friendly food menu (pizzas, pigs in blankets, etc.) will follow after the holidays, in January. [Eater, Earlier]

Balboa Theater to Get Into the Beer and Wine Game

The Balboa, last week.

In addition to the still ongoing effort by the Roxie Theater on 16th Street to get a license to sell beer and wine (something we're eagerly awaiting), Grub Street discovers this morning that the Balboa Theater (3630 Balboa Street) in the Outer Richmond is applying for their own license. Both independent theaters were the subject of a Wall Street Journal piece in September about the changing economics of operating such niche, neighborhood cinemas — the Roxie, which dates to 1909, is actually the oldest continually operating movie theater in the country and the second oldest in the world, and it's become a non-profit receiving grant and membership funding. Look for people hopefully to be boozing it up at the Balboa Theater by spring, and we'll update you as soon as there's movement on the booze front at the Roxie. Right now they're in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign in an attempt to raise $60,000 to support some continued upgrades and redesign their website.

Watch This Liquor Store’s Vodka Smolder and Explode

This display of Karkov vodka inside a Burnsville, Minnesota, liquor store was positioned underneath a ceiling fan and aligned with the shop's windows with such bizarro, Final Destination-esque perfection a few weeks ago that just the rising sun pouring through the vodka bottles set a fire that ignited the boxes. It took an hour and a half for the magnified sun to ignite the paper into a full smolder, but once it got going, tops blew off bottles, vodka geysers erupted, and twelve-foot flames shot through the air. "The firefighters were standing next to me like they were watching a new video game," the store's owner tells Fox. "They were going, 'This is so cool!'"


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