Posts for December 13, 2012

Hillside Supper Club Arriving in Bernal in January; The Company Bar & Kitchen Gets Rendered

Bernal Heights: Hillside Supper Club, the underground venture from two partners in the former Bernal Supper Club, is opening a brick-and-mortar restaurant at 300 Precita Avenue on January 23, if all goes well. [Tablehopper, Earlier]
Mission: The Tataki crew are opening a new, unnamed izakaya in the ground floor of the 299 Valencia building next June. [Eater, Tablehopper]
Embarcadero: There are now some renderings of Rajat Parr's upcoming restaurant, The Company Bar & Kitchen, which is moving in to the former Shanghai 1930 space at 133 Steuart Street by next summer. [Scoop, Earlier]
Healdsburg: Cafe Lucia, a New Portuguese restaurant, has just opened in the former Affronti space at 235 Healdsburg Avenue. [BiteClub]

State Bird Provisions Meets Meadowood, Illustrated

As promised, we now bring you some food porn from last night's collaborative dinner with State Bird Provisions chefs Stuart Brioza and Nicole Krasinski, and Meadowood chef Christopher Kostow, at Day Four of Meadowood's Twelve Days of Christmas. As Brioza tells the Scoop today, it was good to get back to his fine-dining roots for a night, where he was again getting to do "composed dishes that work in a sense of flavor where you build from lightness to heaviness." (Brioza and Krasinski for years ran the kitchen at Rubicon, but have kept things pretty casual at State Bird, wish bold and inventive small plates.) The photo evidence just went up on Facebook, so please enjoy. [Earlier slideshow]

Josh Sens Says Siegel’s Food at Michael Mina Is ‘Lighter and Brighter’; Bauer Says Murray Circle Still Inconsistent

San Francisco Magazine's Josh Sens says that the expense-account and business-traveler-friendly Michael Mina still "isn't entirely [his] kind of restaurant," however he finds that the cooking Ron Siegel is now doing as executive chef is "more subtle and appealing" than what he had when the restaurant reopened on California Street in 2010 (when, he says, "the tried-and-true verged on tired"). He says "many of the dishes are now lighter and brighter," like Siegel's quali preparation, which is dressed simply in its own jus and served with compressed apples, carrots, and shiso. He also loves the double-decker fish dish, with the crab and rice underneath, which we previously mentioned. All told: three stars, up from two and a half. [SF Mag, Earlier slideshow]

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Duende Hosting a Pre-Opening Event Tonight in Oakland

The new neon sign, with the Fox in the background.

Paul Canales, formerly executive chef at Oliveto, is getting very close to opening his Spanish restaurant-cum-music venue, Duende. The 4,000-square-foot space, which is also going to have an adjacent "bodega" with an art gallery, wine and charcuterie shop, and coffee bar, is in the historic Floral Depot Building in Oakland's Uptown, which is also home to Flora and Xolo. Canales said he wanted to model Duende after the "playful collision of spaces" he saw at Royal/T, the now shuttered gallery, event space, gift shop and café in Culver City.

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Rrazz Room Closing at the Hotel Nikko in the New Year, May Reopen on Van Ness

New Year's Eve will be the last night of business for the Rrazz Room, the music venue off the lobby at the Hotel Nikko focusing on cabaret, jazz, and singlehandedly reviving the career of Melissa Manchester. The hotel is declining to renew its contract with the venue, the closure comes on the heels of a lawsuit filed in Superior Court last month that alleges the hotel's general manager, Anna Marie Presutti, pressured the Rrazz Room operators to book fewer R&B acts, due to the "certain ‘demographic’" those acts were attracting. Presutti vehemently denies the allegations and says, "This is simply the case of a contract coming to an end, and it’s an attempt for Rrazz to use slander as a bullying tactic to get their way." As the Examiner reports, the Rrazz Room's operators Robert Kotonly and Rory Paull are looking to move their operations to 1000 Van Ness, the mezzanine level space in AMC Theater building that was previously known as The Showroom and, ever so briefly, Holly's Comedy Club. [Examiner]

Top Chef Seattle Recap: David Rees on Marilyn Hagerty and Missing the 12/12/12 Benefit Concert

Anna Faris and Chris Pratt showed up, too.Photo: Bravo

Last night, while everyone in America watched the 12/12/12/ Sandy benefit, I watched Top Chef. Our episode opens with the aftermath of last week’s CJ-dectomy. The chefs believe he’ll be back — he’s simply too talented not to rise from the grave and take his revenge. Nobody seems to miss Tyler.

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First Look at Rickybobby, Now Open in the Lower Haight

Rickybobby (Haight and Webster), the new restaurant with the Will Farrell-inspired name from the Broken Record team of James Moisey and Shane LaValley whose opening we alerted you to earlier this week, made it open as planned last night. Grub Street snapped a couple photos of the cozy interior, recently remodeled since its Rotee days with a coat of dark green paint, some artwork, and one taxidermied two-headed calf. You can see the full menu board in one of the photos, and it includes such hearty, cold-weather fare as a crab and fontina grilled cheese, chicken parm, and their signature bacon burger with American cheese.

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Colicchio’s People Force Noe Valley Bar Crafthouse to Take ‘Craft’ Out of Their Name

Well this is odd... Despite his only having the one 'wichcraft outpost in San Francisco, Tom Colicchio's legal team caught wind of the fact that a bar was opening in Noe Valley called Crafthouse (3853 24th Street), and sent them a cease and desist letter. Apparently no one, anywhere, in the food service industry can use the word 'craft' in their name lest it be confused with Colicchio's Craft empire. The as yet unopened bar, therefore, has changed its name to Caskhouse, as Noe Valley SF reports. "We were familiar with the company using 'craft' but didn't think our neighborhood bar would be an issue," says partner John Dampeer. "Live and learn, I guess!" [Noe Valley SF, Earlier]

Why Yes, Guy Fieri Did Have a Rock of Ages Cameo This Week

Guy Fieri's Times Square restaurant still isn't getting much love (unless you count customers who go there ironically), but the kewl one continues to make his mark on Times Square. The producers of Rock of Ages invited him to be in the show on Tuesday night because apparently they lost a bet. Of course there's video, which you can see straight ahead. At first, Fieri plays it off like he's reluctant to do this, but you can tell he's just loving it — the costume doesn't even look much different from Fieri's normal clothes. The walk-on probably won't help convince people he's really trying to improve the food and neon-blue drinks at Guy's American Kitchen & Bar, but the tourists in the audience look like they're way into it.

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