Eve's Waterfront has opened in Oakland's Jack London Square, featuring indoor and al fresco waterfront dining and a full bar. The attractive space includes floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows, midcentury modern wood accents, waterside deck dining and a vintage, oceanfront feel throughout. Chef is Bruce Paton, a Clift Hotel vet with a special interest in beer pairings, whose menu will focus on seafood but also propose rich modern American dishes such as foie gras torchon sliders and roasted duck with mascarpone grits. Of special note is the ample free parking. Dinner Thurs.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.. Eve's Waterfront, 15 Embarcadero West, Oakland , CA 94607, 510-817-4477.
Since its late-summer 2016 opening, Tim Luym's Buffalo Theory has settled in nicely on Polk Street. The casual neighborhood restaurant and bar calls itself a "new American beer hall," though Luym's cuisine sets it apart. The former executive chef of Poleng Lounge (now closed) mixes bold flavors, often inspired from his native Philippines, into standout plates that pair well with the 30 craft beers on tap. Look for the restaurant's football-friendly Sunday Funday menu, featuring specials such as crispy adobo wings, five-spice wings, sisig and grits and a big ol' meatball sub. Buffalo Theory, 1735 Polk St., San Francisco, CA 94109, 415-829-8226.
The Morris is located in the former Slow Club space on Mariposa Street, near Potrero Hill. The bistro is an interesting one for industry and other folks in the know --- it's the debut restaurant of Paul Einbund, a favorite local sommelier, current beverage director at Frances and former sommelier and partner at Daniel Patterson's Coi. Chef is Gavin Schmidt, previously chef de cuisine of Coi, as well as executive chef of Campton Place, San Diego's Blanca and Walnut Creek's Corners Tavern. Despite its lofty leadership, the dinner-only spot, named for Einbund's late father, aims to be a "warm neighborhood restaurant" focused on community. The Morris, 2501 Mariposa St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-612-8480.
Kenzo and Natsuko Tsujimoto, owners of Kenzo Estate, will open Kenzo restaurant in Napa on November 16, 2016. The Japanese restaurant will be helmed by executive chef Hiroyuki Kanda of Kanda restaurant in Tokyo. Kenzo, 1339 Pearl St., Napa, CA 94559, No phone.
Chef Corey Lee (Benu, Monsieur Benjamin, formerly of The French Laundry) helms In Situ, the new flagship restaurant at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In Situ, 151 Third St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-941-6050.
Chad Robertson and Elisabeth Prueitt have followed up on the success of Tartine Bakery with Tartine Manufactory, a 5,000-square-foot space including a bakery, coffee shop, ice cream shop and all-day restaurant. Tartine Manufactory, 595 Alabama St., San Francisco, CA 94110, 415-487-2600.
James Beard's Taste America San Francisco
San Francisco's Charles Phan (Slanted Door), Belinda Leong (B. Patisserie) and Daniel Corey (Luce) will be the featured chefs alongside New York City's Anita Lo (Annisa) at the James Beard Foundation's fourth annual Taste America San Francisco event at the InterContinental San Francisco hotel on Friday, November 4, 2016, beginning with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. The event will also feature tastings from local luminaries such as chef Sri Gopinathan (Campton Place), Dennis Lee (Namu Gaji), Pim Techamuanvivit (Kin Khao) and Martin Yan (M.Y. China). VIP hosts will include 96-year-old Cecilia Chiang. Proceeds will benefit James Beard Foundation scholarship programs. Visit the official website for details and tickets. InterContinental San Francisco, 888 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103, 415-616-6500, 888-811-4273.
Full Bar at District
Formerly-wine-only District in San Francisco (there is a second location in Oakland) now features a full bar with a focus on whiskey. The new drinks menu includes more than 60 small-batch bourbons, Scotches and ryes. Also on offer are tequila, mezcal, Cognac, Armagnac and a new menu of signature and classic cocktails. Beverage director Caterina Mirabelli's extensive wine program will remain intact, with more than 40 by the glass and a large private reserve collection. Executive chef Bob Cina's refreshed menu of small plates will now include a house-made charcuterie plate paired with a whiskey flight. District, 216 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-896-2120.
Seven Nights of Saison
As of October 17, 2016, Saison will expand dinner service to seven nights a week, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saison, 178 Townsend St., San Francisco, CA 94107, 415-828-7990.
Name Change Only for Spaghetti Bros.
After several months in business, Spaghetti Bros. has changed its name to Maybeck's --- for the sole reason that the name did not fit the seasonal NorCal cuisine concept. All other details will remain the same, including the menu (which does include some pasta dishes, but not exclusively). Maybeck's, 3213 Scott St., San Francisco, CA 94123, 415-400-8500.
Trevor Kunk has left his executive chef position at Press in St. Helena. Press, 587 St. Helena Hwy. S., St. Helena, CA 94574, 707-967-0550.
Max Mackinnon has taken over as chef at Mason Pacific, which recently re-opened after suffering a kitchen fire. Mason Pacific, 1358 Mason St., San Francisco, CA 94133, 415-374-7185.
Merigan Sub Shop closed after service October 8, taking with it some of the best East-Coast-style sandwiches San Francisco had to offer. On the restaurant's Facebook page, chef-owner Liza Shaw (A16) cites, "We had a clear and noble vision, and stuck to it, sometimes to a fault." We are sad to see the shop go. Merigan Sub Shop, 636 2nd St., San Francisco, CA 94107, no phone.
Citizen's Band has closed. The diner-style restaurant was known for upscale versions of nostalgic favorites. Citizen's Band, 1198 Folsom St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
State Room Brewery Bar Kitchen in San Rafael is temporarily closed for repairs through October 2016. State Room Brewery Bar Kitchen, 1132 Fourth St., San Rafael, CA 94901, 415-295-7929.
Volta has closed. The French-Scandinavian brasserie from Perbacco chef Staffan Terje was one of the finer options located inside the Westfield San Francisco Centre. Volta, Westfield San Francisco Centre, 868 Mission St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
All locations of longtime vegetarian go-to Herbivore have now closed. The Mission District flagship, opened in 1997, followed its younger Divisadero Street and Berkeley sister outposts and closed its doors after service on August 22, 2016. Herbivore, 983 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110, no phone.
Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar in Mid-Market is closed. Bon Marché Brasserie & Bar, 1355 Market St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
Second Act Marketplace, a food hall on Haight Street in the former Red Vic theatre, has shuttered. Second Act Marketplace, 1727 Haight St., San Francisco, CA 94117, no phone.
NINEBARK, the Napa restaurant and rooftop bar and lounge with chef Matthew Lightner, is temporarily closed as of July 31, 2016. NINEBARK, 813 Main St., Napa, CA 94559, 707-226-7821.
Casa Cubana in Oakland has been replaced by Izzy's Steak & Chop House. Casa Cubana, 59 Grand Ave., Oakland, CA 94612, no phone.
Jason Fox's casual Cal-Med restaurant Oro at 8 Mint Plaza has closed. Oro, 8 Mint Plaza, San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
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