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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.
Coming to Berkeley in September is Donato & Co., a collaboration from chef Donato Scotti (Donato Enoteca, CRU, Desco) and chef Gianluca Guglielmi (A.G. Ferrari), opening 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 will inherit 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, no phone.
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.
Dominique Crenn will open Bar Crenn in San Francisco Chef Dominique Crenn is working on a new project in the Marina District: Bar Crenn. The adventurous chef made a name for herself in San Francisco with Atelier Crenn, one of GAYOT's 2016 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. She also owns Petit Crenn, a more casual restaurant featuring cuisine reminiscent of her native Brittany. Bar Crenn, 3131 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123, no phone.

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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.
Tacolicious School Project Gives Back
Every Monday in September, Tacolicious locations in San Francisco and San Jose give 15 percent of their proceeds to 36 area public schools. Known as the Tacolicious School Project, the Monday program includes delivery, corporate catering, and all in-house dining (and drinking, including the mini-chain's famed margaritas) for lunch, dinner and happy hour. Get hungry on Mondays to benefit local schools! And don't forget to bring the family. Visit here to track fundraising results. Tacolicious, 2250 Chestnut St., San Francisco, CA 94123, No phone.
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 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.
"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.


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.


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.
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.

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