Chop Bar’s Chris Pastena May Own Four More Restaurants By Next Year

We think this is the building he's talking about at 17th and Telegraph.

Oakland chef and restaurateur Chris Pastena is one busy dude. The Scoop just did an interview with him, just as he's preparing to open Lungomare in the former Miss Pearl's, and Tribune Tavern after that, and he reveals that he's actually got two more restaurants in the works after that, bringing his total to five including Chop Bar. Whether or not they all actually become realities is another story. But first, Labna (its tentative name), is a Mexican restaurant that could open a year from now in a new section of the Broadway Grand project that hasn't been built yet. He and his partner are also finalizing a deal to buy a small former theater up the street at Telegraph and 17th, where they want to open a bar and café. Before that come the two places he's opening this season, which are both funded by a single investor. [Scoop]