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NEW RESTAURANTS IN SAN FRANCISCO

Fans of Michael Mina's former wine-focused restaurant RN74 now have an altogether new project to explore in the same space at the base of Millennium Tower. International Smoke is a collaboration between Mina and Ayesha Curry, the celebrity cook, cookbook author and wife of basketball star Steph Curry of Oakland's Golden State Warriors. Curry's focus is barbecue, with "global approaches to fire, grilling and smoke," featuring elevated meat dishes made using spices, rubs, marinades and techniques from around the world. Tableside-service touches play a signature role. Beverages include seasonal cocktails, punch bowls, sangría and international and local beers, as well as a tangy menu of picklebacks and nonalcoholic options such as sweet tea. A central bar seats 20. Look for lunch in the coming weeks. Dinner nightly. International Smoke, Millennium Tower, 301 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-543-7474.
 
Coming soon to Walnut Creek is the East Bay's first location of Gott's Roadside, a high-end California burger mini-chain with a flagship in wine country's St. Helena. The fast-casual food is drive-in inspired – burgers, fries, shakes and franks – but with northern California pedigrees and a wine and beer list to match. The Walnut Creek outpost will be the group's sixth, with a seventh future opening in Greenbrae. Gott's Roadside, 1275 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596, 925-954-6243.
 
Barvale will open for dinner on December 7, 2017, in the Divisadero restaurant space that used to house La Urbana. The new Spanish concept led by Adriano Paganini (Delarosa, A Mano, Beretta, Lolinda) will include tapas-driven cuisine from executive chef Patricio Duffoo within a colorful dining room, standing-room-only tapas bar and red-hued "pintxos room" for large groups or private parties. Look for a complementary beverage menu of cava, sherry, gin, Spanish wines and cocktails from Spanish-born Jessica Everett. Paganini's empire is built on casual-chic accessibility, so expect the same with Spanish flair at this location. Barvale, 661 Divisadero St., San Francisco, CA 94117, no phone.
 
Nico's 1508 has opened in Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto neighborhood, at Walnut near Vine, taking over the multi-level, 70-seat space that was long Chester's Bayview Cafe and briefly Nico's Hideaway. The new restaurant from executive chef and restaurateur Munther Massarweh (Wildfox, The Speakeasy Barbeque) serves seasonal California cuisine for lunch weekdays, dinner nightly and weekend brunch with bottomless mimosas. There is also a nightly happy hour from 3 p.m.-6 p.m., featuring half off appetizers, bottles of wine and signature cocktails. The roomy space has a rooftop patio and sidewalk café seating. Nico's 1508, 1508 Walnut St., Berkeley, CA 94709, 510-280-5920.
 
Now open in Berkeley is Donato & Co., a collaboration from chef Donato Scotti (Donato Enoteca, CRU, Desco) and chef Gianluca Guglielmi (A.G. Ferrari), located in the former Advocate space in the Elmwood District. Featuring house-made pastas, vegetarian dishes, locally sourced seafood and rotisserie and grilled meats, the restaurant promises to be a major player on the high-end Italian scene, for both the East Bay and greater Bay Area. With chef Scotti also comes a top-tier beverage program, including small-batch wines and spirits, and imported European coffees. The restaurant inherits the state-of-the-art Meyer Sound acoustics of The Advocate, creating an "ideal aural environment" for tête-à-tête and group dining. Donato & Co., 2635 Ashby Ave., Berkeley, CA 94705, 510-838-1131.
 
Chef Ron Siegel has opened solo project Madcap in San Anselmo Big news in Marin County -- chef Ron Siegel (The Western RoomMichael Mina, The Dining Room at the Ritz-Carlton) has opened solo project Madcap in San Anselmo. The dining room is intimate; the offerings include Siegel's famed New American and Japanese-influenced tasting menus as well as a la carte dishes made with locally-grown and raised organic products, with a strong focus on vegetables. The restaurant is now taking reservations. Madcap, 198 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA 94960, 415-453-9898.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Brunch at Honor Kitchen & Cocktails
Honor Kitchen & Cocktails in Emeryville has added brunch service to its repertoire, including heartier gastropub fare such as chicken and waffles, smoked pastrami hash, cinnamon-apple waffles and eggs Benedicts. There's also a lobster roll and a signature burger. Brunch is served every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Honor Kitchen & Cocktails, 1411 Powell St., Emeryville, CA 94608, 510-653-8667.
 
Recovery In Progress from North Bay & Wine Country Fires
In October 2017, at the end of harvest season, a series of devastating fires destroyed close to 9,000 structures across nine counties north of San Francisco, including Napa and Sonoma. More than 20,000 people were evacuated as the fires leveled entire neighborhoods and reduced many North Bay and Wine Country businesses, including restaurants, hotels and wineries, to ash. All affected communities have shown tremendous fortitude in their efforts to house, feed and care for the victims, and hundreds of Bay Area chefs and industry folks have contributed to the cause. As tasting rooms, restaurants and wineries reopen or rebuild across those regions, more than ever they need business and support. See this welcome message from Napa Valley or Sonoma County's Sonoma Strong update for more info.
 
State Bird Provisions Reopens
State Bird Provisions underwent a two-week summer refresh and has reopened with fresh tabletops and seating, new roaming carts and artwork, updates to the open kitchen and a warmer feel throughout. Reservations are available here. State Bird Provisions, 1529 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, 415-795-1272.
 
Fridays & Saturdays
Along with its regular menu, One Market has a special prix-fixe dinner Friday and Saturday nights dubbed The Downtown Social. Diners receive three courses of seasonal cuisine (a rotating list of choices that may include soups, crudos, grilled meats or fish dishes) and half-priced wines from a curated list. Cost is $45 per person; dishes can be served family style if the whole table would like to take part. One Market, 1 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94105, 415-777-5577.
 
"Meatball Mondays" at barbacco eno trattoria
Perbacco Ristorante + Bar's casual sister restaurant, barbacco eno trattoria, located right next door to the Financial District favorite, has launched "Meatball Mondays" featuring a diner's choice of three large polpette, or meatballs, to pair with a side of spaghetti marinara for $16. Meatballs include Sicilian-style pork with pine nuts, beef polpette Bolognese simmered with béchamel or chicken meatballs blended with ricotta and lemon. barbacco eno trattoria, 220 California St., San Francisco, CA 94111, 415-955-1919.
 

UPDATES ON SAN FRANCISCO CHEFS

The Alembic has a new executive chef. Rachel Aronow has an eclectic background that includes cheffing at Luma in Petaluma, teaching at the Coast Guard's cooking school as their youngest instructor and co-authoring a cookbook for cancer patients. She brings her community spirit and cooking chops to the Haight, with an eye towards seasonal nibbles from The Alembic's 1,000-square-foot dedicated garden. The Alembic, 1725 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117, 415-666-0822.
 

SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

After three years of offering casual American food and drinks on University Avenue, Townie in Berkeley has closed. The large space near downtown and the U.C. Berkeley campus has yet to be claimed. Townie, 1799 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94703, no phone.
 
Tiny, family-owned L'Osteria del Forno has closed after nearly 30 years of serving oven-crafted Northern Italian dishes in the North Beach neighborhood. L'Osteria del Forno, 519 Columbus Ave., San Francisco, CA 94133, no phone.
 
1300 on Fillmore closed on October 25, 2017, taking with it years of lively Sunday gospel brunches and some of the most soulful Southern-inspired cuisine in San Francisco. The attractive, wide-open space remains open for catered private events only. The group's Black Bark BBQ also remains open. 1300 on Fillmore, Fillmore Heritage Center, 1300 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, no phone.
 
Aziza has closed and Amara will open in its place Aziza has been shuttered since May of 2016. The original plan was for the famed Moroccan establishment to re-open following renovations, but chef Mourad Lahlou has announced he will open a Moroccan/Mexican restaurant called Amara instead. Meanwhile, Lahlou's big-ticket restaurant Mourad remains open. Aziza, 5800 Geary St., San Francisco, CA 94121, 415-752-2222.
 
Chef Jonathan Waxman's Ghirardelli Square restaurant Waxman’s has shuttered. Waxman's, Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point St., San Francisco, CA 94109, no phone.
 
Opened by Los Angeles restaurateur Yuji Tsunoda in 2000, Chaya Brasserie on the Embarcadero has shuttered permanently after 17 years of French-Japanese glitz. Chaya Brasserie, 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, no phone.
 
Over-the-top Italian chain restaurant Buca di Beppo has closed its San Francisco location. Nearby options for loyal fans of the brand include Buca di Beppos in San Jose, Palo Alto and Sacramento. Buca di Beppo, 855 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
 

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