Posts for November 21, 2012

Beacon Coffee Comes to North Beach; Lost and Found Beer Garden Coming to Oakland; and More

North Beach: Beacon Coffee & Pantry just opened at 805 Columbus. [Tablehopper]
Outer Richmond: Perilla (5423 Geary) has become a Cajun crawfish joint. [Richmond Blog]
Uptown Oakland: Lost and Found, a new "beer garden-slash-cafe" from the owners of The Layover, is coming to 2040 Telegraph (at 21st). They promise the garden will be "one of the most relaxing, beautiful places in downtown." [EBX]
Rockridge: Jules Thin Crust Pizza is expanding out of Danville to Rockridge by March. [Diablo]
Novato: Hopmonk Tavern has officially opened their third location in the big space formerly occupied by Southern Pacific Smokehouse. And they have daily Hoppy Hours. [BiteClub]

1601 Bar & Kitchen Opening Next Month in SoMa, Will Be Sri Lankan

The former Sage.

We broke the news in June about 1601 Bar & Kitchen, coming to the former Sage space at 1601 Howard Street (at 12th). It's a first solo project for chef Brian Fernando, who spent ten years at Le Papillon in San Jose and most recently worked at Plates Bar & Grill in Los Gatos. The Scoop discovers that Fernando's planning to do some takes on Sri Lankan cuisine (his dad is Sri Lankan), including a black curry with sturgeon; a mulligatawny soup; and an egg hopper, a street food consisting of a soft-cooked egg inside a fermented crepe. Look for the place to open, hopefully, in December. [Scoop, Earlier]

Sea Salt in Berkeley to Become Eat + Lounge

A few weeks ago there was news that Lalime's/Fonda owners Haig and Cindy Krikorian were selling off both Sea Salt and T-Rex to new owners. Today, Diablo Dish reports on the plans for Sea Salt, which is set to close for a few weeks at the beginning of January. It will reopen at Eat with a new, non-seafood-based menu of share plates by the same executive chef, Quyen Vu. Later, in mid- to late-2013, the side dining room will be transformed into a cocktail lounge called, simply, Lounge, after which the place will be called Eat + Lounge. As for T-Rex, they will remain open, and this week they launched a new, less BBQ-centric menu. [Diablo Dish, Earlier]

Schulzies Bread Pudding Sets a Date: December 10

Schulzies' classic bread pudding, served cold.Photo: Courtesy of Schulzies

After some considerable delays, Schulzies Bread Pudding is planning to open at 364 Hayes Street on December 10. We first heard about the new location of the Venice Beach-based Schulzies back in January, and we're glad to know we weren't lying when we put in our Fall Preview slideshow. As Hayeswire reports, Sarah Schulz is proud to put the "pudding" back in bread pudding, and has cultivated a light recipe that she prefers to serve cold, though can sometimes be found warm, and comes in 108 flavors — but only a few will be available at a time. Also, there will be Equator coffee and espresso. Will this usher in a new bread pudding trend? We shall see. [Hayeswire]

Coi to Host Hurricane Sandy Benefit Dinner on December 3 With Guest Chefs Corey Lee, Christopher Kostow, and Others


Chef Daniel Patterson just announced a benefit event for victims of the superstorm, which will take place December 3 at Coi. Patterson and pastry chef Matt Tinder will each do a course, and chefs Corey Lee (Benu), Christopher Kostow (Meadowood), Evan Rich (Rich Table), Chris L'Hommedieu (Prospect), and Bill Corbett (Absinthe) will each do a course as well. Seats are $250 including wine and service charge, and 100% of proceeds will be donated, with some funds going specifically to help rebuild Governor, chef Brad McDonald's new restaurant in Brooklyn which was one of the hardest hit in the city. (David Chang just hosted a similar benefit for Governor at Momofuku last weekend.) "I have owned restaurants for 18 years, and I know how hard it is to sustain a small, personal restaurant," Patterson tells us. "I want to lend a helping hand, in the way that so many people have helped me over the years." There will also be an auction featuring dinners for two or four people at Manresa, Meadowood, Quince, and Coi. See more details here and make reservations at 415-393-9000.

Out the Door at Westfield Definitely Won’t Return

You may recall how Out the Door at the food court at the Westfield closed last fall due to flooding in the mall. Well, that was their second flood, and it seems Charles Phan did not get the compensation he wanted, negotiation-wise, and the restaurant won't be reopening. As the Scoop reports, the space has already transformed into a retail space for Flying Elephant, which is some kind of Asian nicknack store. There is still an Out the Door in Pacific Heights, and one at the Ferry Building. [Scoop]

Sneak a Peek at Tank 18, SoMa’s Newest Wine Tasting Room

Back in June we broke the news about Tank 18, a new urban winery and wine bar coming to 1345 Howard Street (near 10th). The place is now complete and ready for a public debut any week now (pending final permits there have only been a couple of private events), and as owner Patrick MacCartee told Grub Street, there's more to come in the way of food, as well. For now, take a look at the handsome, finished space, in a former warehouse that backs up to Dore Alley — the address of the side door is 18 Dore, thus, Tank 18. There will be onsite fermentation and winemaking as well as tasting, and for now Tank 18 will be pouring four signature vintages: a Russian River Chardonnay, a California Pinot Noir, a Napa Valley Meritage blend, and an El Dorado Tempranillo.

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The Apotheosis of Danny Bowien Continues With GQ Profile

Well, San Francisco, you've birthed another culinary superstar, and his name is Danny Bowien. It's been a whirlwind year for him, and if all the national press for S.F.'s Mission Chinese Food last year wasn't enough, the opening of his New York restaurant has, in six months, made him the stuff of legend. Now GQ gets in on the game (for the second time really if you count Alan Richman's original rave), with a 4,000-word profile that begins describing Bowien's signature look. "His long hair, dyed the color of orange sherbet, and clear-framed glasses are on their way to becoming as iconic on the New York dining scene as Mario Batali's clogs or Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Prada pants." Hear that? Also, the piece describes a night in the life of the restaurant in which a packed house of hipsters, tourists, etc., also included chef Magnus Nilsson, and David Chang dining with the president of the World Bank. What? [GQ, Earlier]

Contra Costa Woman Rushes to Defense of Guy Fieri, Raves About Johnny Garlic’s

The Dublin location is one of five.

Critic Chrissa Ventrelle of the Contra Costa Times decides that in the wake of last week's breathlessly reblogged takedown of Guy Fieri's new NYC restaurant by Pete Wells, she needed to see what the Dublin location of his Johnny Garlic's chain was like for herself. And you know what? She finds it surprisingly terrific as suburban chain restaurant food and service goes. "I expected to stand in line to order from a guy in a bowling shirt, but was greeted by a very professional server delivering complimentary onion-topped focaccia." Also, that same server "knew every crevice of the menu," and was most professional. Ventrelle uses words like "restraint" and "mildly aromatic" to describe dishes, and she's delighted by Fieri's Cajun chicken fettucine, imagining he invented the dish despite it dating to the early nineties. Her only real complaint: Despite finding the JG Famous Caesar "skillfully dressed," she admits "we didn't happen upon the promised focaccia croutons or uncover the merits of its self-proclaimed celebrity." In conclusion, "Johnny Garlic's is a versatile spot for a family dinner, date night, or to watch a game," and she gives it two and a half stars, with three for ambiance. [CC Times]

Hostess Definitely Probably Still Dead

It looks like the Twinkie hoarding wasn't in vain as yesterday's eleventh-hour mediation talks went nowhere. Hostess is back in bankruptcy court as of this morning ironing out its liquidation plans. The company's 33 bakeries have already ceased operations, and 18,500 jobs are likely lost. A final official announcement is expected shortly. [Reuters, Earlier]


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