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Dominique Crenn will open Bar Crenn in San Francisco Chef Dominique Crenn is working on a new project in the Marina District: Bar Crenn, adjacent to Atelier Crenn, one of GAYOT's 2017 Top 40 Restaurants in the U.S. The opening is set for February 20, 2018. Bar Crenn, 3131 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94123, no phone.
Saison is expanding with Angler, a seafood-focused restaurant Saison is expanding with a new, seafood-focused concept. Angler will open first on the Embarcadero (in the former Chaya Brasserie space) and later in Los Angeles. The San Francisco location is scheduled to open in Summer 2018. Angler, 132 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105, no phone.
A second location of Berkeley's beloved Ici ice cream shop, opened 11 years ago on College Avenue by Mary Canales, formerly the pastry chef of Chez Panisse, will debut in winter 2017 in downtown Berkeley. The heavily anticipated spot will feature the same seasonal array of elegant ice creams, chocolate-dipped cones, ice cream sandwiches and cakes. Milkshakes will be a new item at this outpost. Prepare to wait in lines similarly long (longer?) to those on College. Ici, 2079 University Ave., Berkeley, CA 94704, no phone.
International Smoke is a collaboration between Mina and Ayesha Curry 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.

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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.
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.


Seasonal dining destination Gather in Berkeley is undergoing yet another chef change and revamp. Executive chef Anthony Lee (Alta) has created a new menu of adventurous-yet-approachable, shareable plates, meant to appeal to hipper, more casual walk-in diners as well as groups looking for a more upscale affair. There is also a refreshed selection of bar snacks and updated brunch and lunch dishes. The same attention to dietary needs --- with food for carnivores, vegetarians and vegans as well as gluten-free choices, all with a micro-seasonal focus --- remains. Gather, 2200 Oxford St., Berkeley, CA 94704, 510-809-0400.


Only months after shuttering soulful Fillmore District outpost 1300 Fillmore, owners David Lawrence and Monetta White have also pulled the plug on their current location of Black Bark BBQ. The restaurant, hailed as offering some of the best barbecue in San Francisco, will apparently return sometime in 2018, just in a new location. Black Bark BBQ, 1325 Fillmore St., San Francisco, CA 94115, no phone.
Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar is temporarily closed for repairs. Glen Ellen Inn Oyster Grill & Martini Bar, 13670 Arnold Dr., Glen Ellen, CA 95442, 707-996-6409.
In a move that has broken the hearts of pizza purists across the Bay Area, chef Anthony Mangieri closed Una Pizza Napoletana on December 23, to move with his family back to the East Coast. The New Jersey native first developed a cult following for his pizza in his home state, followed by success in Manhattan, and then took a chance in San Francisco when he opened Una Pizza in 2010. Una Pizza Napoletana, 210 11th St., San Francisco, CA 94103, no phone.
Several closings over 2017 affected large restaurant properties frequented mostly by visitors to San Francisco. On Pier 39, Rainforest Cafe shuts its colorful doors after nearly 20 years, with its many monkey, parrot and other jungle-themed props being auctioned off. A different cafe altogether, The Plant Cafe Organic, remains a mini-chain across the city but its roomy flagship Embarcadero location has shuttered. And as reported earlier in the year, Waxman's, Jonathan Waxman's foray into the San Francisco scene, has closed and left a large, dormant space in Ghirardelli Square.
Mission District restaurant Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana and its sister property Farina Pizza have closed. The original Farina, a sleek restaurant in a large, modern space, opened in 2007 and offered Ligurian specialties including focaccia and mandilli di seta pasta with pesto. Farina Focaccia & Cucina Italiana, 3560 18th St., San Francisco, CA 94110, no phone.
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.
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.

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