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NEW RESTAURANTS IN SAN FRANCISCO

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.
 
Continuous long lines of excited ramen enthusiasts have marked the opening of Ippudo in downtown Berkeley. The famous Japanese import's first West Coast location (it has shops in New York City) features the restaurant's signature rich tonkotsu broth and thin hand-cut noodles, cooked to spec. The full menu can be found here. Lunch & Dinner daily. Ippudo, 2015 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-666-8807.
 
Park Cafe Group (Dolores Park Cafe, Precita Park Cafe, Duboce Park Cafe) will open a fourth location on the Emeryville/North Oakland border in the former Actual Cafe space on August 17, 2017. The new Paradise Park Cafe (named for the surrounding neighborhood) will serve Equator Coffee drinks, local craft beers, wines and cocktails. Expect a fresh, organic juice bar as well. Food will include organic, California café fare such as vegan breakfast burritos, grass-fed burgers, quinoa burgers, salads, sandwiches and a full range of choices for those with dietary restrictions. There will also be a kids’ menu. Local artists will keep the space decorated with murals and changing exhibitions. Look for chef pop-ups in the coming months. Paradise Park Cafe, 6334 San Pablo Ave., Emeryville, CA 94608, 510-756-3131.
 
Shinmai has opened in Oakland Now open in Oakland's Uptown neighborhood is Shinmai, a Japanese izakaya and ramen restaurant featuring executive chef Jerrod Doss (Aziza, Chez TJ, The French Laundry). On offer are the traditional array of izakaya small plates (including a raw menu) meant to pair with drinks, as well as signature bowls of tonkatsu and miso ramen. Beverage consultant is Adam Stemmler. Shinmai, 1825 San Pablo Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, 510-271-1888.
 
The Village Bakery is a project from the Bacchus Management Group (Spruce, The Village Pub, The Saratoga). Replacing the former Woodside Bakery & Cafe, the new venture looks to provide simple, elegant American café food at an approachable price point. The Village Bakery, 3052 Woodside Rd., Woodside, CA 94062, 650-851-5555.
 
Christopher Kostow and Nathaniel Dorn, both of The Restaurant at Meadowood, have brought The Charter Oak to downtown St. Helena. Dining family style is a focus, and the seasonal fare is created with the products of local purveyors as well as the venue’s own farm. The Charter Oak, 1050 Charter Oak Ave., St. Helena, CA 94574, 707-302-6996.
 
Bar VIA is located inside the new boutique Hotel VIA across from AT&T Park baseball stadium (home of the San Francisco Giants). It offers upscale California dining and drinking, with local craft beers, wines and handcrafted cocktails. Seafood is a focus, with a raw bar, crudo and sashimi plates, as well as seasonal plates featuring local ingredients. On game days, the bar opens from 11 a.m. and offers stadium-inspired bites and drinks. Chef de cuisine is Leo Batoyon (AL's Place). Also new, Rooftop at VIA offers the only rooftop lounge in SOMA, with panoramic views and plenty of private event options. Bar VIA, Hotel VIA, 138 King St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-200-4977.
 
Fieldwork Brewing Company has opened a beer garden in San Mateo One of the breweries leading the Bay Area craft beer boom, Berkeley-based Fieldwork Brewing Company is expanding throughout Northern California. The brewery has tap rooms and beer gardens in Napa, Sacramento and the flagship in Berkeley, and just opened a 4,500-square-foot European-style beer garden in San Mateo, with fire pits, bocce ball and a light food menu. A fifth location will open in Monterey in July 2017. Fieldwork is known for ambitious and innovative seasonal brewing under head brewer Alex Tweet. Open daily. Fieldwork Brewing Company, Bay Meadows, 3030 S. Delaware St., San Mateo, CA 94403, 650-242-1280.
 
Chez Marius, from Le P'tit Laurent's Laurent Legendre, is a cozy new bistro option in Noe Valley. Opened at the end of 2016, the French restaurant has just added lunch service --- it also offers dinner Tuesday through Saturday and weekend brunch. Legendre is originally from Paris, and after falling in love with this city on vacation decades ago, has since been behind many delightful restaurants in San Francisco: Clementine, Bistro Clement, Bistro St. Germain and Sel & Vin. Chez Marius has seating for roughly 50, with café-style sidewalk spots and a garden patio out back. Expect dog-friendly, family-friendly and date-friendly dining. Chez Marius, 4063 24th St., San Francisco, CA 94114, 415-757-0947.
 
Lucia's pizzeria has opened in downtown Berkeley, on Shattuck Avenue next to Comal. The restaurant specializes in Neapolitan-style pizzas, but also features mains such as Roman-style, slow-roasted porchetta, handmade pastas, charcuterie and fritto misto. Weekend brunch includes many egg dishes with Italian inflections. The space is warm and inviting and seats 75. Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun. Lucia's, 2016 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-225-9467.
 
Dumpling Time is a new dumpling and brew house from the Omakase Restaurant Group (Omakase, Okane). The restaurant serves lunch and dinner seven days a week, with a daily selection of fresh dumplings made by hand --- prepared on site in view of diners --- featuring fillings such as heritage pork, seafood, Wagyu beef and seasonal vegetables. Dumpling skins might have colorful hues from beet, spinach or other reductions, or from various flours. Expect a range of sizes. Japanese-style gyoza is also be a specialty. Look for a good selection of craft beers and other beverages for casual, fun dining. Dumpling Time, 11 Division St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-525-4797.
 

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NOTEWORTHY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Chef David Kinch and his Manresa team will travel from Los Gatos to France Manresa's Fall French Residency
Chef David Kinch and his team will travel from Los Gatos to France this fall to stage at three of the finest restaurants in that country as part of Manresa's 15th birthday celebration. The "residency" program, in collaboration with Relais & Châteaux, will see Kinch and his staff join the kitchen of Paris's Taillevent for two nights of collaborative cooking, followed by Provence's L'Oustau de Baumaniere and Marseille's Le Petit Nice. Visit here for reservations for dinner at Taillevent on September 28 or 29. Dinner reservations for L'Oustau, October 4, will eventually be available here, and lunch or dinner reservations for Le Petit Nice on October 6 can be made by contacting contact@passedat.fr. Manresa, 320 Village Lane, Los Gatos, CA 95030, 408-354-4330.
 
A Summer of Change for Local Breweries
The current uptick in popularity of small-batch, local, craft brewing in the Bay Area has coincided with the news that three of the region's biggest names have sold. In May, Petaluma's famed Lagunitas Brewery announced its complete sale to Heineken (it had sold a 50 percent stake to the large Dutch company in 2015). Then, at the start of August, America's oldest craft brewery Anchor Brewing, based in San Francisco since 1896, announced it had been taken over by Japanese company Sapporo. Most recently, Magnolia Brewing was purchased by New Belgium for $2.7 million. Magnolia's brewing operations, its Magnolia Gastropub & Brewery on Haight Street and barbecue restaurant Smokestack will remain in operation, with former owner Dave McLean remaining as an employee of the company.
 
Tacolicious Launches MF Chicken for Delivery
The team behind Tacolicious have launced a new, delivery-only dinner service called MF Chicken, featuring whole and half Mexican-style rotisserie chickens, salads and sides such as fresh tortillas, rice, beans and grilled corn. Deliveries are through Caviar and available throughout San Francisco. Visit the official website for details or to order.
 
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.
 
New Brunch Service at Rooh
Along with weekday lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday, hot Indian newcomer Rooh has announced the beginning of Sunday brunch service, featuring a range of Indian-inspired dishes with bold flavors and spicy cocktails to match. The restaurant also hosts a popular weekday happy hour from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. with $5 bar snacks, $8 wines and rotating $8 cocktail specials, as well as $5 beers. See the full menus at the restaurant’s website. Rooh, 333 Brannan St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 425-681-1491.
 
Cliff House's Bloody Mary Mix for Sale
San Francisco's iconic Cliff House, perched above the Pacific and comprising three restaurants --- Sutro's on the lower level, the more casual Bistro above, and famous Sunday brunch destination the Terrace Room --- has released a retail version of its popular Bloody Mary mix. The unique, secret combination of fresh juices and spices is available in one-liter bottles at specialty markets. The list of locations where it is sold can be found here. Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco, CA 94121, 415-386-3330.
 
"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.
 
Chef Ryan Scott has departed fresh Castro property Finn Town for other projects. Now cooking for Finn Town is Steve Dustin, former culinary director of operations for the local Big Night Restaurant Group comprised of The Cavalier, Leo's Oyster Bar, Marlowe, Park Tavern and others. Finn Town, 2251 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94114, 415-626-3466.
 
Bergerac in the South of Market neighborhood has a new chef in Adam Nichol (Gaspar Brasserie, Flour + Water, AQ Restaurant & Bar, Wayfare Tavern), who will add some larger plates to the flavorful, mostly bar-focused menu of bites. Nichol is also a certified sommelier. Bergerac, 316 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-255-9440.
 

SAN FRANCISCO RESTAURANT CLOSINGS

The Restaurant at Ventana in Big Sur will re-open in Fall 2017 as Sur House. The hotel will also unveil a new name: Ventana Big Sur, an Alila Resort. The Restaurant at Ventana, Ventana Big Sur, 48123 Hwy. 1, Big Sur, CA 93920, 831-667-2331.
 
A high-end French takeout favorite for Berkeley and Oakland locals since 2002, Gregoire has shuttered its Piedmont Avenue location in Oakland to focus on its flagship Berkeley store at 2109 Cedar St. (510-883-1893). Gregoire, 4001 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, CA 94611, no phone.
 
Lark Creek Walnut Creek closed abruptly on July 21, after a long tenure. The location was the former Lark Creek Group's second restaurant, with the first – Larkspur's Lark Creek Inn – opened in 1989. (All Lark Creek-associated properties became part of the Moana Group in 2015.) Lark Creek Walnut Creek, 1360 Locust St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596, 925-256-1234.
 
After a long dormancy that was meant to be temporary, Daniel Patterson's Oakland restaurant Haven has permanently closed. Haven, 44 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94607, no phone.
 
Longtime Berkeley sushi and, more recently, Japanese brasserie Joshu-Ya has closed. The space --- convenient to U.C. Berkeley --- is slated to become a student-friendly ramen restaurant in the coming months. Joshu-Ya Brasserie, 2441 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA 94704, no phone.
 
Aperto has closed after 24 years at the corner of 18th and Connecticut, taking with it some of the coziest Italian dining in Potrero Hill. Aperto, 1434 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
 
After six successful years in Hayes Valley, New Orleans-inspired restaurant Boxing Room --- from the team behind Absinthe Brasserie & Bar --- closed after brunch service July 2. However, the beautiful cornerstone space will remain part of the same restaurant group, and will reopen late summer 2017 as a Spanish eatery called Barcino, serving Catalan cuisine. Boxing Room, 399 Grove St., San Francisco, CA 94102, no phone.
 
Indigo in San Francisco has closed. The restaurant was a Cal-Med standby for Civic Center and Hayes Valley theatre, ballet and opera goers. Indigo, 687 McAllister St., San Francisco, CA 94102, no phone.
 
After nearly a century of service, A.G. Ferrari Italian specialty importer and deli closed all of its Bay Area storefronts earlier this year and has become an online-only business. A.G. Ferrari Fine Foods, 688 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94105, no phone.
 
Ristorante Umbria, a vivid, Italian mainstay on the corner of 2nd and Howard, closed on May 1, 2017, after 21 years. Like many recent old-timers, the restaurant lost its lease, but according to the spot's Facebook page, owner Giulio Tempesta hopes to open a future restaurant in wine country. Ristorante Umbria, 198 Second St., San Francisco, CA 94105, no phone.
 
Pican closed after service on June 11, 2017, ending an 8-year run that brought upscale Southern dining and plenty of top-shelf bourbon to Oakland's Uptown neighborhood. Pican, 2295 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612, no phone.
 

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