Posts for November 13, 2012

A Belgian Waffle Pop-Up in the Castro; Luisa's Closing in Cow Hollow

Castro: There's a new waffle pop-up on Saturday mornings at the Castro Coffee Company (427 Castro Street) called B. Street Waffles, and it sounds pretty good. [SF Weekly]
Hayes Valley: Here's a peek at a draft of the opening menu at Noir (581 Hayes), slated for a mid-December opening in the former Frjtz. [Hayeswire, Earlier]
Richmond: BB Bob's (4318 California Street) has closed and is becoming Cafe Europa. [Eater]
Cow Hollow: Luisa's (1851 Union Street) and its attached bar Notte are closing soon and changing hands and becoming a Puerto Rican restaurant. [Eater]

Rockridge at War Over New Safeway Plan

A rendering of the proposed complex, with a restaurant and rooftop seating where the gas station now stands.

We first noted, over a year ago, the kerfuffle over in Rockridge over a plan to take an existing Safeway and basically double its size. And the battle wages on, as Oakland North reports, as Safeway has revealed plans to totally demo the existing building as well as a gas station at the other side of its parking lot and build a new, two-story retail complex with structured parking, covering the entire site and dominating the quant little heart of the neighborhood. The Oakland City Council is set to approve the project today, allowing it finally, maybe, to move forward, but the neighbors aren't going down with a fight. There will be lawsuits, and a number of people in the well-to-do 'hood have suggested that Safeway might be better off concentrating their ambitious plans over at the 51st Street store, which is also slated for an expansion in the coming years. [Oakland North]

Sous Beurre Kitchen to Open Permanently on 24th Street Next Summer

Chef Michael MauschbaughPhoto: via Twitter

Last year, former Eccolo and Bacar chef Michael Mauschbaugh started popping up at 24th Street's Sugarlump coffee lounge (2862 24th Street, at Bryant) under the name Sous Beurre Kitchen. He began doing mostly small plates, which Jonathan Kauffman reviewed and called "carefully made" and "assured." Now the Scoop brings word that Mauschbaugh has signed a lease for his own restaurant right down the street at 2704-2706 24th Street (at Potrero). Sous Beurre Kitchen should be opening there next summer, following some more poppings up around town, and the last appearance at Sugarlump will be on December 14. [Scoop]

Assuming You Use Instagram, Follow These Chefs Who Instagram

SFoodie has put together a tidy list of the five best Instagrammers among local chefs, including the always connected Chris Cosentino and Richie Nakano, and curator of edible nature scenes, Dominique Crenn. [SFoodie]

Sunflower to Expand to Mariachi’s Space With New Burmese Restaurant

Popular Mission Vietnamese spot Sunflower is expanding and taking over the next-door, long shuttered, Mariachi's space (508 Valencia) in order to open a Burmese restaurant, as Uptown Almanac is reporting. A tipster says that the Sunflower team is bringing in a chef from Myanmar and planning to open "in a month or two" on this restaurant-packed block. We might put that ETA at three or four months, the ways these things tend to go, but we'll see. (Sunflower, as you may know, also has a location in the Potrero.) This is particularly intriguing since Burma Superstar is still set, as far as we know, to open a new location at Valencia and Duboce, just a few blocks away, though that seems delayed. Two years ago we caught word that local Japanese mini-chain Grandeho's Kamekyo was going to take the Mariachi's space, but that deal clearly fell through, and it has remained vacant since shortly thereafter. Stay tuned for more details. [Uptown Almanac]

Quality of Pork Store Bacon Blamed for Lack of Law Enforcement in the Haight

We doubt the SFPD will be too happy with this! The deliciousness of the breakfast at The Pork Store Café (1451 Haight Street) is implicitly blamed for a couple of police officers' reluctance to respond to a call for backup at a nearby crime scene in a new video ad for the restaurant. Their tagline remains, ironically, "The food is bad and the service is slow!", and starting tomorrow, through Thanksgiving, any customer who says this phrase to their server gets a free side of bacon.

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Grand Lake Kitchen, From a Former Park Tavern Chef, Opens in Oakland

Grand Lake Kitchen

We mentioned last month that a new restaurant was coming to 576 Grand Avenue in Oakland which at the time bore the name La Grande Jatte Kitchen (after the famous George Seurat painting). Well, husband-and-wife owners Dave Wasem and May Seto seem to have decided that was just a bit too French and obscure, and they've instead gone with Grand Lake Kitchen. As Luke Tsai reports in the East Bay Express, Wasem is a former sous chef at Park Tavern, and he and Seto decided to open the deli and grab-and-go meal spot because they themselves couldn't find enough "fast and delicious" food options in the neighborhood. The menu includes sandwiches like one with 4505 meats cheddar bratwurst and pickled onions, and a Japanese-style open-faced egg salad sandwich; and deli-case salads like potato salad, and an escarole salad with capers and Castelvetrano olives. It's mostly a daytime spot, open just long enough (until 7:30 p.m.) to pick up something after work, but they do have a small grocery section and beer and wine as well. [EBX, Earlier]

Grand Lake Kitchen - 576 Grand Avenue, Oakland - 510-922-9582 - Open Monday to Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

780 Café Now Has Minimum Purchase for Wi-Fi

The replacement for popular "third space" work spot, The Summit, 780 Café, appears to have been having some issues with long-term wi-fi encampments. Stopping short of issuing one-hour wi-fi passes like Peet's does, they're going to be requiring a $5 minimum purchase, which seems reasonable. So, hear that, Valencia work-from-home creative types? One mug of green tea won't cut it anymore. [MissionMission]

Bozo the Clown Restaurant Concept Sounds Like a Mess Hall of Nightmares

Nothing creepy about this.Photo: MichaelTutton/Flickr

Restaurant News reports that a Bozo the Clown-themed restaurant and entertainment complex is now under development from Dave Corriveau, the president (and "Dave") behind the Dave & Buster's chain. Yes, that very same Bozo the Clown that you and everyone else hasn't thought about in over a decade. Family-friendly BozoWorld will serve as a circus-themed venue for kids to hold their birthday parties, play games, and generally go bonkers, with plans to "revolutionize indoor family entertainment." Sounds like a good idea, except for one thing: An all-clown restaurant sounds like it will be a pure terror factory for today's kids.

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Bourdain’s CNN Show to Be Called ‘Parts Unknown,’ Gets Its First Promo

The first promo vid for Anthony Bourdain's new CNN show is out, and it looks a lot like No Reservations. The show, called Parts Unknown, is all set to debut this spring, and from the look of things, there isn't a single Cadillac in sight. And a quick programming note: Bourdain will be on Piers Morgan's show tonight to talk about the project. Watch the teaser, straight ahead.

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David Kinch, Daniel Patterson, Wolfgang Puck Among 240 Chefs Flying to Monaco to Fête Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse welcoming chefs back to 'the country of taste and excellence.'Photo: Courtesy of Louis XV

A legion of 240 of the world's best chefs, representing 25 countries and boasting 300 Michelin stars among them, are all flying to Monaco this week for an unprecedented summit and celebration in honor of the 25th anniversary of Alain Ducasse opening his restaurant Louis XV. And among those who could not refuse the invitation to go and cook for Ducasse and hob nob with Europe's great chefs are San Francisco's own Daniel Patterson (Coi), David Kinch (Manresa), and L.A.'s Wolfgang Puck. The summit takes place from November 16 to 19, and we know at least that Patterson will be cooking.

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Parliament Bar Coming to Old Oakland

Anything to do with 'funkadelic,' mayhaps?

A new bar is on its way to a former retail space at 811 Washington in Old Oakland (at 8th Street) called Parliament Bar. It's the project of a trio of entrepreneurs, Christopher Newell, Davina Dickens, and Jason Bradford, and the plan according to applications to city planning call for a daytime cafe with sidewalk seating, operating between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., with the bar opening at 3 p.m. and featuring late night dancing and DJs. Parliament is on the same block as the new and popular District (827 Washington Street), and two doors down from historic Ratto's market. The liquor license application is just going in and a significant buildout is required, so look for Parliament to open sometime early next year. [Grub Street]


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    “Elegant Sauces & Fabulous Bread”

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Jay Barmann
NY Mag